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Women in the Wild

Women in the Wild

Women in the Wild is a new program designed to teach outdoor skills in a fun, nurturing and non-competitive environment. Experiences are educational and interactive – building confidence and a sense of community while fostering new appreciation for our region’s parks, preserves and diverse recreational opportunities.

Research shows women are interested, and see value, in outdoor experiences, but various barriers stand in their way of spending as much time in nature as men*. The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation is reversing that trend.

Women in the Wild experiences are planned for women, by female staff members and partners. With events ranging from backpacking to bouldering and hiking to camping, we're opening new avenues for conversation, connection and collaboration.

Our mission is to encourage women to spend more time in nature through education, training and experiences that empower them to make outdoor recreation a way of life.

Our vision is to bring women closer to nature, and to each other, through recreation, collaboration and accomplishment.

Take a risk, tackle a trail, show society what it looks like to play like a girl… Join us as we embark on this adventure together!

Date Activity Location Facebook Event
Jan. 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hiking Workshop: Level 1 (Easy) San Elijo Lagoon, Annies Canyon Link
Feb. 15, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hiking Workshop: Level 2 (Moderate) Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch, Martha's Grove Link
March 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Hiking Workshop: Level 3 (Moderate to Strenuous) Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve Link
April 25 - 26 Backpacking Lake Morena County Park Link
May 30 Intro to Mountain Biking Sweetwater Summit Regional Park Coming soon
June 13 - 14  Campout at Heise William Heise County Park Coming soon

*Learn more:

  • Outdoor Participation Report, 2018: Outdoor Foundation
  • “Are Experiences for Women Making the Outdoors More Inclusive?”, Jan. 9, 2019: REI
  • “We Hear You, Ladies”, April 11, 2017: Outside Online
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