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FREE Summer Wilderness Opportunities for Girls 16-17!

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FREE Summer Wilderness Opportunities for Girls 16-17!
by Patricia Rhodes - Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 10:53 AM

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is currently accepting applications for their free wilderness expedition science program, Girls on Ice!

This year, the organization is running its annual 12-day expeditions to Alaska and Washington State, and repeating two expeditions introduced last year - one in the Swiss Alps and a sea kayak expedition in Alaskan fjords.

They have also added two brand new expeditions: Girls On Rock in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and Girls on Ice Canada in British Columbia.

On each trip, a small team of girls will spend 9 to 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, mountain guides, and artists.

The program, offered in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is free of cost and open to girls 16-17 years old on June 1, 2018.

Three of the US expeditions are open to girls from the US, Canada, Mexico and non-high income countries:

  • Girls On Ice Cascades, which is focused on exploring an active volcano, Mount Baker, in Washington State
  • Girls in Icy Fjords, which will explore the Bear Glacier and the surrounding marine environment in Alaska by foot and kayak
  • and Girls on Rocks, which is focused on exploring the high alpine rocky environment in Colorado

The second Alaska trip, which involves exploring the Gulkana Glacier and the alpine landscape gives preference to girls from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia the Yukon, or California.

The Girls On Ice Switzerland expedition,which is open to girls between 15 and 17 years old, required German fluency, and the new Girls On Ice Canada program will give preference to Canadian applicants. 

No prior technical experience or specialized skills are required of participants.

All Girls On Ice programs are tuition free; participants provide transportation to the program site, but Girls On Ice provides as much financial assistance for travel as they can to ensure that every girl can go regardless of economic situation.  They also provide all technical equipment and clothing needed for the expedition.

The deadline to apply is January 19!  Visit to learn more or for application information.