Girls on Ice
Girls on Ice, a free wilderness education program, is accepting applications now through Jan. 29. Each year, two teams of nine teenage girls and three instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and alpine landscapes in Alaska or Washington through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, artists and mountaineers.
The program helps girls learn about the natural processes that create the alpine world, develop critical thinking skills and explore the connection between science and art. Participants learn how to travel on glaciers, design their own experiments and work as part of a team.
Girls are able to participate in this program tuition-free through small grants, gifts from individuals and support from the National Science Foundation, the Alaska Climate Science Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
In 2016, we will support two Girls on Ice expeditions:
North Cascades July 10 – 21, 2016: open to all girls (international girls can apply)
Alaska June 17 – 28, 2016: preference given to girls from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, California, British Columbia and the Yukon Territories
These are the overall criteria for building our team:
- Diversity of backgrounds: diversity in terms of ethnic, cultural, economic and geographic backgrounds.
- Diversity of interests and life experiences: what can the girls bring to the team? We seek a balance of interest in science, art, philosophy, social issues, politics, and more.
- Opportunity: this is a unique experience that is free to the girls, therefore we look for girls who stand to gain the most from this experience. We particularly seek girls who have not had many opportunities to truly challenge themselves, for example, if they are from a small town that does not have much available or if, due to family circumstances, they have not had the chance to participate in many activities. We rely heavily on teacher recommendations.