Strengthening women and girls’ confidence in the outdoors -- and life!
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.

Giving-- it's the Maine thing to do.

Outdoor Women Lead OWL

Outing Group Hike to Tunk Mountain

Outing Group for Women

This outing group is reserved for women and girls 16+.

Upcoming Fall Outings

Two women hiking

Unique Organisms

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.

Women hiking

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.

Group of people posing with compasses

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.

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