I was pondering this the other day as I was sitting in class wishing I was enjoying the crisp sunshine of a beautiful Florida fall day so I decided to take it upon myself to find ways to jump-start a love for the wilderness. Of course, in order to do that, I stayed inside and “Googled” a solution.
I was happy to come across a good “.org” site which every journalist and blogger knows is a legitimate source. This website is called womenoutdoors.org.
The website itself is green-hued and filled with pictures of life-vested, hiking boot-donning, smiling women engaging in my favorite sorts of activities: hiking, kayaking, fishing, you name it. As I read on, I found that Women Outdoors, Inc. is a “nonprofit, all-volunteer organization” founded in 1980.
This chapter explores Big Cypress National Preserve, the Intercoastal Waterway (my neck of the woods, ya’ll), the Everglades, and the Florida Keys. At only $30 a year for dues and $15 for students ages 18 to 25, these opportunities are tough to beat.
Each year on Memorial Day weekend, the group gets together for their national conference called “The Gathering” in which all region join together to engage in activities ranging from knot-tying to kayaking to Tai Chi.
This year’s Gathering will be held at Sargent Center in southern New Hampshire.
In addition to The Gathering conference each year, Women Outdoors encourages members to attend a service-based trip called “Women Outdoors: Unleashed!” In the past, this trip has included involvement in Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans in 2007 as well as fund-raising hikes such as Wilderness Heals for the Elizabeth Stone House in 2008.
The group encourages women to speak their ideas for Unleashed! trips for the future. By emailing SpecialEvents@womenoutdoors.org and providing them with materials on the service or volunteer organization you would like to help benefit, the next trip could be your idea.
The organization’s mission statement explains their dedication to promotion and education of the outdoors to women and to helping preserve the world’s natural resources. With over 400 members, Women Outdoors is a great resource for ladies interested in nature.