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  • 03 Mar 2009 6:14 PM | Deleted user
    The 30th annual Women Outdoors National Gathering is just around the corner.   Coming up this Memorial Day Weekend to the Sargent Center for Outdoor Education in southern New Hampshire, the Gathering offers three days of fun and adventure.

    Every Memorial Day weekend, women from across the country come together for the Women Outdoors National Gathering.  Whether you are a hiker or biker, kayaker or swimmer, birder or star gazer, painter or poet, writer or reader, the Women Outdoors Gathering has something for you. 

    Most of the activities at the Gathering are volunteer-led workshops.  Some of the favorites include the hike to the heron rookery to see the fuzzy heads of baby heron, the wildflower identification walk, trekking up Mount Monadnock, and biking New Hampshire’s back roads.  Members also offer workshops such as orienteering, knot tying, bicycle repair, camp cooking, drumming and first aid.  Some of the quieter offerings may include chi qong, yoga, painting and crafts.  In addition, women can canoe, kayak or swim in Half Moon Pond, explore the many walking trails at the Sargent Center, or challenge themselves with an adventure activity such as the climbing wall or high ropes course.

    On Friday night, the Gathering opens with “getting to know you games” that leave you laughing with your new friends.  Saturday evening features a keynote speaker, and Sunday night brings down the house with the annual coffee house review – a talent show of Women Outdoors members.  A campfire and s’mores round out Saturday and Sunday nights.

    Boston University operates the Sargent Center for Outdoor Education in Hancock, New Hampshire.  Located in the Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire, the 800-acre camp features hiking and biking trails and a large lake – Half Moon Pond – for canoeing, kayaking, swimming and relaxing.  Perhaps most important, the meals at the Gathering are fabulous.
    For more information and to register for this wonderful event, go to The Gathering page.

  • 05 Feb 2009 7:13 PM | Deleted user
    Three members of Women Outdoors participated in the 2008 Wilderness Heals Annual Pledge Hike to raise money for the Elizabeth Stone House in Roxbury, MA.  Women Outdoors also donated directly to Elizabeth Stone House to support their work with women rebuilding their lives after experiencing mental illness, domestic violence and other trauma.
  • 05 Feb 2009 6:08 PM | Deleted user
    Women Outdoors Helps with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.  Trading in their hiking poles for hammers, ten members of Women Outdoors traveled to Louisiana in April 2007 to volunteer with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity the week.  The group helped build Musician's Village, 70 single-family, Habitat-constructed homes in the Upper 9th Ward.

    Trading Hiking Poles for Hammers:

    Women Outdoors Helps with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity


    ALBANY – Trading in their hiking poles for hammers, ten members of Women Outdoors, Inc. headed to Louisiana, on Saturday, April 7, 2007, to volunteer with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity the week of April 9-13, 2007.  The group helped build Musicians’ Village, 70 single-family, Habitat-constructed homes in the Upper 9th Ward.


    The Group in New Orleans.jpgJane Rudden of Albany, the organizer of the Women Outdoors volunteer trip to New Orleans, said, “We were all very excited to join ranks of the thousands of other volunteers who have contributed their time and talents to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.  As Women Outdoors members, we brought our own special skills to this endeavor.  We thrived on the week of hard work and hope we were able to contribute in a small way to bringing New Orleans back.”


    A national, nonprofit organization, Women Outdoors sponsors regional chapters across the country.  The ten women who traveled to New Orleans belong to chapters in upstate New York and Massachusetts. 


    The Musicians’ Village, one of the current projects of the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, will provide homes for some of the jazz, blues and other musicians who were forced to flee New Orleans by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Harry Connick, Jr., and Branford Marsalis are honorary chairs of the Musicians’ Village.  In addition to the 70 homes planned by NOLA Habitat for Humanity, the Musicians’ Village will also be home to the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.


    The volunteer group from Women Outdoors stayed at Camp Hope in Violet, Louisiana.  Since June 2006, Camp Hope has housed thousands of volunteers from across the United States as well as Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom who have traveled to Louisiana to help with rebuilding efforts in the New Orleans area.  Camp Hope can accommodate about 475 volunteers at one time.


    Women Outdoors, Inc., a national, nonprofit organization, serves as a network for women whose vocation or avocation takes them outside.  Founded in 1980, Women Outdoors promotes leadership development, environmental stewardship and personal growth, or as some members put it, “We’re the women who learn, lead and have fun in the outdoors.”  Women Outdoors regional chapters are currently sponsoring activities in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont/New Hampshire, and the Mid-Atlantic states.
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