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Gathering 41 - September 2021

Volunteer-led workshops are a long tradition at our Gathering, allowing women to take on leadership roles and share their skills and passions in a supportive environment.

Some of our members have a lot of experience and find it easy to step forward and lead – we love you and you probably already submitted a workshop!

Other of our members might be unsure about leading a workshop – the Gathering is your chance to start!

  • Think you don’t have enough experience? Pick a well-documented hike or bike ride from the activities on this page and offer to lead a small number of women.
  • Worried nobody will be interested in what you have to offer? Well, you won’t know until you try, and you might just find a few fellow enthusiasts.
  • Searching for ideas? Contact us at the email listed below!

If you already submitted a workshop when you registered you’ll be contacted about a month before the Gathering to iron out the details. If you have already registered and now want to volunteer to lead a workshop send an email to


Here are some of the offerings already planned for this year:

Adventure Recreation

  • Beginner & Intermediate Kayaking
  • Beginner & Intermediate Tandem Canoeing
  • Fall and Migrant Birding Workshop and Walk
  • Off-Campus Hikes
  • Off-Campus Bike ride
  • Camp Scully Trail Map
  • Papscanee Island Nature Preserve walk


  • Bike Maintenance and Repair
  • Take It Or Leave It — What We Carry for Low and High Peaks
  • Mountain Biking: Notes from the Trail

Arts & Crafts

  • Lantern Making
  • Crochet Circle

Workshops From Prior Years:

Adventure Recreation

  • Orienteering
  • Bird and wildflower walks
  • Nature Photography


  • Outdoor camping or living skills
  • Nature Photography


  • Create a labyrinth
  • Qi Gong
  • Yoga
  • Meditative Hike

Arts & Crafts

  • Tie-dying
  • Nature Crafts
  • Batik

Keynote Speaker

Cheryl Suchors will be speaking on Life Stages of A Hiker.  

Cheryl is the author of 48 PEAKS, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, which won a Silver Medal from Independent Book Publishers Awards in 2019. 

Evening ACTIVITies

Evening features this year will include:

  • Outdoor games
  • Campfires with s'mores 
  • Get-to-know-you games

If you want to help with one of these, or if you have your own fabulous idea for an evening activity, please sign up during registration, or send us an email to:

Annual Meeting

This is your chance to participate on the national level in Women Outdoors. Find out what's happening from the board of directors. Participate in the election process, and perhaps join the board. All members are encouraged to attend.


We'll be kayaking and canoeing on Snyder's Lake: 100-acres, 0.7 mile length, 1.9 miles of shoreline. There is swimming, boating and fishing (license required) in the pond. A swim dock provides waterfront activity choices. 

We will have available to us 6 canoes and 12  sit-upon kayaks, as well as paddles and PFDs. You can bring your own kayak or canoe and/or paddles and PFDs. 

We are planning on offering kayaking and canoeing classes again led by ACA certified instructors Bonna and Deb. Stay tuned! 

Free time paddling on your own or with friends will always be available.

Off-Campus Hiking

There's no shortage of hiking trails and waterfalls in the area, most less than 10 miles from Camp Scully.

​​​Barberville Falls

Only 7 miles from camp, the 92-foot waterfall is one of the most iconic spots on the Rensselaer Plateau. There are 3 trails available.  Map & Directions

Read More  Saturday morning

Burden Pond Preserve Trail

​​​This gem with stunning falls is  nestled in the heart of Troy. There are several side trails to explore, some inclines, but not difficult. Map & Directions  Friday Afternoon

Rensselaer Tech Park

A 13-minute drive will get you to two options ending in waterfalls. Map & Directions

Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve

The Staalesen Preserve includes 24 acres of fields, woods, and wetlands, and is bordered on one side by the Wynants Kill. You'll find an open-park section, as well as floodplain forest and a marsh with a beaver dam. Map & Directions.

Please come prepared and download and print the maps for  trails you would like to hike.

Off-Campus Biking 

Please come prepared and download and print the maps for trails you are interested in riding.

Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail

This trail traverses through residential neighborhoods, woods, and fields, with a significant portion riding parallel to the Mohawk River and resulting in some beautiful views. Map & Directions

Albany County Rail Trail

Follows the path of the former Delaware & Hudson Railroad, with paved trails perfect for biking, running, and walking. Map & Directions

Zin Smith Bike Trail

This multi-use trail extends 9 miles. Starting out a gravel portion of the trail runs from a swampy area up through woods and residential neighborhoods. Approximately 3 miles in, the trail becomes paved for the rest of the route.

Map & Directions

More Info from NY Trails Heads

More Resources/Contact

Have you registered yet?    Registration is Closed  Registration closes on September 5, 2021.

Please note: Gathering attendance is for Women Outdoors members only. If you are not a member, please Join Now or Renew your membership!

For more information on registration fees and dining:    Main Gathering Page

For detailed information on our lodging options:     Lodging Options 

For additional resources such as menus, packing list, paperwork, and more:  Resources

Need help?  For all questions:

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