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 professional glaciologists, ecologists, 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. And the newest expedition investigates the natural wonders of the Findelen glacier in Switzerland



For most expeditions, you must be either 16 or 17 years old on June 1, 2017. For Girls on Ice Switzerland you must be between 15 and 18 years old During the Program.

Applications for Girls on Ice Alaska, Girls on Ice Cascades and Girls in Icy Fjords were due on January 31, 2017 and are now closed.  Team announcements will be made through email on March 15, 2017.  Everyone who submitted an application will receive an email.

If you speak German apply now for Girls on Ice Switzerland.


June 16 - 27, 2017

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).


August 11 - 22, 2017

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. This expedition is open to girls from anywhere in the world.


July 16 - 27, 2017

You and your team will spend 12 days exploring Mount Baker, an active volcano, located in Washington state. Girls on Ice Cascades was the first Inspiring Girls Expedition, successfully running since 1999. This expedition is open to girls from anywhere in the world.

NEW! Girls on Ice Switzerland

15.- 25. Juli, 2017

The first Girls on Ice expedition in Switzerland will happen in summer 2017. We will explore the Findelen glacier in the Swiss alps. For this expedition you have to speak German and be between 15 and 18 years old to be eligible to apply.



We have new programs planned, but they need funding! Please considering donating or contact us if you know of funding opportunities that may fit our needs! 
Upcoming Programs:
Girls on Ice Canada, Girls on Rock, and many more!