Women Outdoors brings together women who love the outdoors. While we take pride in being a national organization, most of the action takes place in our regional chapters.
Women Outdoors currently has chapters in Arizona, Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, Eastern Massachusetts, the Mid-Atlantic, New Hampshire/Vermont, the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, Albany, NY, and Rhode Island/Central & Southeastern MA.
Some regions have almost 100 active members and some a half dozen. While each regional group has its own individual personality, our love of the outdoors is shared by all chapters.
Each chapter is headed by a regional contact – affectionately known as an RC – who is the organizer, facilitator and initiator of activities and events at the local level. The RCs are the people who make it all happen; without them there would be no Women Outdoors.
Regional contacts organize at least one event a quarter, although many regions sponsor one or more outings every month. Some of the more popular activities include hiking, biking, camping and kayaking, or a combination of these. Winter months will find regional chapters in colder climes going cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or just winter hiking.
Come Play With Us
Women Outdoors members can enjoy getting together with other outdoor enthusiasts when visiting different parts of the country. With Women Outdoors you can share adventures and develop new friendships. Take a look at each region’s page to see what fun awaits you.
- Connecticut Women Outdoors – Come play with Connecticut Women Outdoors. From biking in Granby to tubing down the Farmington River to kayaking at Mansfield Hollow, you’ll have lots of fun with us.
- Eastern Massachusetts Women Outdoors – Also known as the Women Outdoors Chapter with Everything, the Greater Boston chapter has taken advantage of its close proximity to Cape Cod for trips full of swimming, kayaking, biking and lots of lobster.
- Western Massachusetts Women Outdoors – Western Mass is home to the largest regional chapter of Women Outdoors. We enjoy paddling on the Connecticut River, hiking in the Holyoke Range, and of course, biking in the ever popular Jane’s Slow Poke Bike Ride.
- Mid-Atlantic Women Outdoors – We hail from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. We’ll travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Shenandoah Mountains in search of good biking, hiking and kayaking.
- New Hampshire/Vermont Women Outdoors – We have the great good fortune of spectacular hiking in Vermont’s Green Mountains and New Hampshire’s White Mountains including gorgeous stretches of the Appalachian Trail.
- Finger Lakes Region of New York State Women Outdoors – The Finger Lakes Region is world-famous for its spectacular glacier-formed waterfalls and gorges, its vineyards along scenic back roads, and its 13 lakes, including Lake Cayuga. Our area is perfect for hiking, biking, and all forms of paddling, plus fabulous birding, including the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. We are nearby Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca.
- Albany, New York, Women Outdoors – Come share your ideas and join us as we explore the capital region of beautiful New York State.
- Rhode Island/Central and Southeastern MA Women Outdoors – Some of our favorite activities include the Norman Bird Sanctuary Walk, biking in Myles Standish State Forest, and canoeing and kayaking on the Wood River.
Start a Women Outdoors Chapter
Don’t see a Women Outdoors chapter in your area? Why don’t you start one? Bring your energy and love of the outdoors to your community and become a regional contact for Women Outdoors.
While being a regional contact requires some organizational skills, it mostly takes a desire to bring together women who love the outdoors. A hankering for fun and friendship doesn’t hurt either.
We’ll support you in starting a regional chapter of Women Outdoors. 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, plus plenty of other resources to make your job easier.
Contact our RC coordinator for more information on starting a Women Outdoors chapter in your area.