Do I need to have outdoor experience to join Women Outdoors?
No. We offer a wide range of activities suitable for different levels of experience, ability and fitness. Some of our activities are geared toward training the beginner outdoors woman in skills such as kayaking, cross country skiing or orienteering. Other activities such as hikes and bike rides run the gamut from easy to strenuous, with most in the moderate range. The regional chapter calendars give general information on each event, but you can also contact the trip leader if you have any questions about the skills or stamina needed for that activity.
Can I bring my daughter on a Women Outdoors activity?
Probably. Check with the trip leader to see the skill level and stamina needed for the activity and to figure out if your daughter can keep up with the group.
Can I bring my dog to a Women Outdoors event?
Maybe. It’s up to the leader of the activity and if dogs are allowed at the event location.
May I attend a Women Outdoors event if I’m not a member of Women Outdoors?
Yes. Come to a couple of our events and enjoy the camaraderie of other women who love the outdoors. After you experience how much fun we have, we’re sure you’ll want to join officially so you can receive all the benefits of being a member of Women Outdoors.
How do I join Women Outdoors?
It’s easy to join Women Outdoors. Just click on the Join Us page. Once there, you’ll see all the benefits of becoming a member of Women Outdoors and the different membership levels. Choose the level that’s right for you and join online.
How much does it cost to join?
Our dues are $30 for one year or $55 for two years. We also offer a joint membership for two women at the same address of $55 for one year or $100 for two years. Our junior membership (under 18, full-time student (18-25), and senior membership (over 65) levels are $15 for one year or $30 for two years. As a tax exempt nonprofit organization, your Women Outdoors membership fee is tax deductible.
What do I get for my membership dues?
There are several benefits to joining Women Outdoors. You will receive the Women Outdoors Magazine in the spring and fall. You will have access to the special Members Only section of our website where you can manage your membership profile and read back issues of the Women Outdoors Magazine.
You can download the Women Outdoors Bibliography, a comprehensive annotated bibliography of over 1000 books, mainly by women authors, that focus on adventure travel, nature study, and wilderness and country living. You can also download the Women Outdoors Condensed Bibliography – reviews of 250 recommended books selected from the larger bibliography.
While every region’s event calendar is posted on this web site, as a member you will receive special updates for your region (including any last minute changes in schedule) and have direct access to each of the trip leaders.
As an organization, Women Outdoors promotes the development of women’s outdoor leadership skills. As a member of Women Outdoors, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship of up to $150 to participate in leadership training programs. While funding for scholarships is not unlimited, we make every effort to provide scholarships to qualifying candidates.
Can my daughter join Women Outdoors?
Absolutely. We have many mother-daughter members of Women Outdoors. We love to have girls join us on our outdoor adventures. In addition, our annual Gathering offers many fun activities just for girls.
Is there a Women Outdoors chapter near me?
We currently have regional chapters of Women Outdoors in Arizona, Connecticut, South Florida, Eastern Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, Mid-Atlantic, New Hampshire/Vermont, Finger Lakes Region of New York State, Albany, NY, and Rhode Island/Southeastern MA. We are always looking to start new chapters, so check back often. See the Our Regions section for more information on our local chapters.
Can I attend Women Outdoors events sponsored in other regions?
Yes. One of the benefits of joining Women Outdoors is the opportunity to meet other women who share your passion for the outdoors. The latest schedules of events for each region are posted in the Our Regions section of our web site. If you’ll be traveling to an area with a Women Outdoors chapter, check out their schedule and join the fun. You can also contact the regional contact for that area and ask her to add you to their email list for upcoming events.
How do I start a new Women Outdoors chapter?
Bring your energy and love of the outdoors and start a new Women Outdoors chapter in your community. We don’t believe in reinventing the wheel and so we’ve developed a handbook for our regional contacts. The handbook provides clear guidelines for the job of an RC, how to start and maintain a region, how to organize an event, and plenty of other resources to make your job easier. See Our Regions page for more information.
What is the Gathering?
Every year, Women Outdoors hosts a national conference – The Gathering – for all members. Held over Memorial Day weekend at the Sargent Center in southern New Hampshire, the Gathering offers three days of friendship, fun and fine dining.
Most of the activities are volunteer-led such as hiking up Mount Monadnock, biking on New Hampshire’s back roads and kayaking on the lake. Workshops vary from year to year but often include offerings such as bicycle repair, knot tying, orienteering, chi gong and yoga among others. Evening events feature games, a keynote speaker, and a talent show. Environmental stewardship is emphasized throughout the weekend.
Can I bring my dog to the Gathering?
Unfortunately, not. But do bring your bicycle, kayak, hiking boots, appetite and sense of adventure.
How do I get in touch with Women Outdoors?
Check out the Contact Us page for complete information on how to get in touch with Women Outdoors. For quick reference, our mailing address is Women Outdoors, P.O. Box 158, Northampton, MA 01061 and our email is Info@womenoutdoors.org.