The Women's Wilderness Institute

Our backpacking and rock climbing courses for girls result in increased self-esteem, healthier body image, and greater leadership skills. Support our scholarship fund for girls who would otherwise not have access to this kind of life-changing opportunity!

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General Information

General
Official Name
Womens Wilderness Institute​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
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Former Name(s)
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Acronym
WW
Date Established
1998
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
Child Care Credit
Tax ID
84-1439821
Addresses
Headquarters Address
2845 Wilderness Place
Suite 211
Boulder, CO 80301
Colorado Location
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Mailing Address
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Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
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Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
435 260 1762
Web/Email
Email
emily@womenswilderness.org
Website
www.womenswilderness.org
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Mission Statement

Women's Wilderness has the mission of strengthening the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls and women, through the challenge and support of group wilderness and community-based experiences. The Girls' Wilderness Program is an innovative strengthening and prevention program designed to develop the self-efficacy, self-confidence, leadership skills, and capacity for authentic relationships that have been shown to be significant protective factors for girls.


Organization History

Women's Wilderness was established in 1997, and began offering leadership programs for girls in 1998. Wilderness programs for women were introduced in 1999. The organization has since grown to offer as many as 60 courses annually, including open enrollment courses for the general public and contract courses for partners including Girl Scouts, Naropa University, Mile Hi Church, the Army National Guard, and dozens of other organizations.

In 2008, Women's Wilderness received full accreditation from the Association for Experiential Education which means that we have met the safety, program quality, and risk management standards and practices of outdoor, experiential education.

In 2017, we are piloting year-round programs for girls, starting with a climbing program at Earth Treks climbing gym in Golden, CO.

Testimonials

"I think I really found courage in myself that I never knew I had. I have learned to speak my mind, and not hold back because I might sound stupid. This experience has brought out the best in me."
-Sarah, age 15, Girls' Wilderness Adventures Alumni

"I remain changed from my Women's Wilderness trip. It was incredibly challenging for me physically, mentally, and emotionally. I had to pull strength from deep within me, strength I wasn't sure I possessed. I went from
constantly repeating I can't, to saying 'Yes, I can.' Even two years later, when I am faced with challenges in life, I think: 'I did that backpacking trip, so I can do this, too.'"

-Hannah, age 17, Girls' Wilderness Adventures Alumni

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