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Women's Wilderness

Grant recipient of $5,000

Front Range, Colorado


Women’s Wilderness strengthens the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls through group wilderness and community-based experiences. Their “Conscious Choice” curriculum teaches decision-making, self-awareness, critical thinking skills, and the ability to make self-affirming choices. In this model, rock climbing and backpacking are opportunities for girls to take risks in spite of uncertainty, recognize and voice how they are feeling, appreciate their physical abilities, and form trusting relationships.

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“I felt my real strength, and how much I can do. I also made a lot of new friends because we were all in the same boat, and no one was going to laugh at you or tell you something you said was wrong.”

- Sandra, Adventure Days participant


Support from The Cairn Project will fund scholarships and program expenses for a brand new Adventure Days program in Denver. Women’s Wilderness has been working to expand from its home turf of Boulder, Colorado, to widen program access for young women in Denver and nearby Jefferson County. This expansion aims to serve young women whose families cannot arrange transportation to Boulder County. During Adventure Days, girls in 3rd-5th grade spend five days packed with hiking, rock climbing, art projects, and games, as well as time for imagination and exploration in nature.


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