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Growing Girls: The Four Stages of Development

The Growing of Girls

By Suza Bedient, Program Director of Women’s Wilderness  Human beings are designed to grow and learn from the moment of our arrival onto this earth to the day of our departure from it. One of the most amazing features of our brain is its neuroplasticity: its capacity to change throughout life and re-organize its very structure. […]

Colorado Gives Day 2016 is December 6th!

Today, it is more important than ever to show girls and women that they can be powerful. This is especially true for young girls growing up in low-income households, who come from minority backgrounds, and/or who experience discrimination in school for being part of the LGBTQ+ community. These girls need women role models to look […]

Women’s Wilderness Hosts Lunafest 2016

Women’s Wilderness is currently the only host for Lunafest 2016 in Colorado. Come check out these amazing adventure films by, for, and about women! There will be two showings in the Boulder/Denver area: DENVER, Tuesday October 25th, 7 pm SIE Film Center, 1510 York Street Buy Tickets HERE BOULDER, Tuesday November 1st, 7 pm Boulder Public Library, […]

3 Awesome Stories about Moms Getting It Right

Have you ever noticed that people who don’t have kids (like me) tend to judge the parenting skills of others really harshly? There’s too many examples out there of how parents are getting things wrong, so here’s 3 inspiring stories about moms who I caught in the act of doing being awesome. Moms Getting It […]

Alumna at Large: Robin Brodsky on Cycling Solo Through South America

Robin Brodsky is a rock climber, backcountry skier and mountaineer from Durango, Colorado.  She is also a Women’s Wilderness alumna! Currently, she is on an epic eight-month-long journey through South America.  Along the way, she writes a blog called Free Wheeling Fem which you can find here. During a break from cycling, she sat down […]

For the Girl Who Can’t Sit Still

By Heather MacFarlane I’ve watched the full July moon traverse across the sky over the course of the night. Now, it’s early, early morning and the moon seeps into a deep fire-orange as it sinks below the horizon. I can see more stars now  and I pick out the big and little dippers, the only constellations I […]

The View from Mt. Bierstadt

10 + 1 Tips For Hiking Your First Fourteener

By Alexis Rose Visiting or living in Colorado presents many opportunities, one of which is hiking fourteeners. The famously tall and picturesque mountains are not only icons of Colorado, but fun challenges for hikers of any level. They’re rewarding too: after the hike up, you’ll get to drink up the gorgeous views visible only from the top. […]

The “Self” in Selfless and Selfish

By Catarina Massa, Women’s Wilderness Instructor I am a selfless selfish human being. I know it sounds impossible, but people can be selfless and selfish at the same time. I have learned the hard way that being either too selfless or too selfish is damaging to myself and the people around me. My journey to discovering […]

When Grit Wins

By Jenna Blumenfeld Over the past year I’ve been on a mission to do things that are scary. Things that are teeth-rattlingly scary. Perhaps it was thanks to a wine-fueled evening with a friend, but somehow I came to understand that in order to grow I had to do scary stuff—activities that would spur my inner psyche into trepidation, […]

Shout It Out Loud

By Olivia Feeney, WWI Alumna Girls are so often expected to follow instead of lead, speak quietly instead of shout, and be docile instead of wild. My Women’s Wilderness Institute trip came at the perfect time to teach me how fun, and how essential it is to defy these standards. I was a freckly fourteen-year-old middle-schooler […]

Run Long, Run Free

This is the first in a series of blog posts that feature women’s and girls’ voices talking about real-life experiences developing courage, confidence, and leadership while adventuring outside. Run Long, Run Free By Cat Massa, Women’s Wilderness Staff   I was never much of an athlete growing up. Actually, I spent most of my time […]