Unique, Tuition-Free, Wilderness Expeditions for Young Women
Inspiring Girls Expeditions are not rewards for past academic achievement; they inspire future leadership, curiosity, confidence, and success.
Join our team! Each year we select expedition teams of 8-9 teenage girls and 3 instructors to spend 12 days exploring and learning about glaciers and the alpine or marine environment. Through scientific field studies with our team of professional glaciologists, scientists, artists, and mountaineers, you will build critical thinking skills, gain self-confidence, and make lasting friendships.
One team explores Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. Another team sleeps under the midnight sun while exploring an Alaskan glacier. Our third team explores the connections between glacier and ocean by kayak in Resurrection Bay, near Seward, AK. A team in Switzerland explores the natural wonders of the Findelen glacier. Our two newest expeditions take a team into the Rocky Mountains where they get personal with the alpine landscape through rock climbing, and into Glacier National Park, Canada, where they learn about dynamic glaciers and hardy glacial ecosystems.
Our applications are close for 2018, we will be announcing the teams soon!
For most expeditions, you must be either 16 or 17 years old on June 1, 2018.
For Girls on Ice Switzerland you must be between 15 and 17 years old During the EXPEDITION.
Applications for 2018 closed on January 31, 2018.
June 15-26 2018
You and your team will spend 12 days in the Alaska Range, exploring Gulkana Glacier and the surrounding alpine landscape.
This expedition is open to girls from Alaska, California, and the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID, BC, YT).
This expedition will not run this year. We hope that it will continue next summer!
By kayak and foot, you and 7 other girls will explore Bear Glacier and its surrounding marine environment near Seward, Alaska. Led by professional scientists, artists, and sea kayak guides, the team will learn about the important connection between glaciers and oceans.
13. - 23. July 2018
The first Girls on Ice expedition in Switzerland happened in the summer of 2017 - the second is now waiting for you! We will explore the Findelen glacier in the Swiss alps. For this expedition you have to speak German and be between 15 and 17 years old to be eligible to apply.
July 21 - August 1 2018
You and your team will explore the Gore Range in Colorado. With the support and guidance of ecologists, geologists, and a professional mountain guide, you will learn about tiny furballs that live under boulders, rocks that are millions of years old, and pursue your very own science project.
August 8-19 2018 (pending funding!)
Girls on Ice Canada is a unique Canadian mountain experience that is packed full of dynamic glaciers, hardy alpine ecosystems, and beautiful landscapes. Girls on Ice Canada gives preference to applicants from Canada.
We have new expeditions planned, but they need funding!
Please considering donating or contact us if you know of
funding opportunities that may fit our needs!
Girls on Water, and many more!