OWL: Outdoor Women Lead reduces barriers that women and girls experience when accessing the outdoors.
We do this through:
- OWLette; a summer camp for girls ages 11 – 16, located at Milbridge Commons. Girls learn outdoor, naturalist, and gardening skills.
- An Outing Group for Women; a support network of women 16+ who go on outings in Washington County.
- Outdoor Skill Building Workshops for women and their families.
- An online hub for women who are interested in learning on their own time via our Facebook Group, iNaturalist project, videos, and blog posts.
This program is a collaborative project between Maine Outdoor School and WHRL, and is inclusive to all definitions of women. Please reach out if you’d like to learn more.
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Outing Group Hike to Tunk Mountain
Outing Group for Women
This outing group is reserved for women and girls 16+.
Upcoming Fall Outings
at Ingersoll Point Preserve
November 19th, 12pm-3pm.
This mossy wonderland in South Addison is the perfect place to learn the differences between non-vascular plants, symbiotic organisms, and fungi (mosses, lichens, mushrooms!) and begin your journey on identifying these unique organisms.
This is a 3.4-mile moderate trail network that includes some sections along the rocky shore. For more about this perserve, click here.
Winter Plant & Tree Identification
at Pike Lands Preserve in North Lubec
December 17th, 12pm-3pm.
With the deciduous leaves gone and winter nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to brush up on your winter plant and tree identification skills in a wonderfully diverse forest with ocean access and views. There’s even an arboretum across the street to test even the most skilled tree-identifiers.
This is an easy trail network. Click here for more information about the preserve.
In the event of a necessary weather-related cancellation, outings will be rescheduled for the following day. Registered participants will be emailed by 3pm the Friday before an outing in the event of a postponement.
Outdoor Skill Building Workshops
These workshops are geared towards women and their families, ages 10+. You do not have to have kids to participate.
Photo from our first skills-building workshop: “Orienteering Basics for Women & Their Families.” There are no more skills-building workshops planned for 2022; check back in early 2023 for workshop announcements!
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To advance and promote the health and well-being of the woman, her family, and her community.