Tuition-free expeditions for girls offer wilderness experience

As part of the Girls on Ice program, the girls learn how to mountaineer as they conduct scientific experiments on the glacier. Photo by Alexandra Ravelo
As part of the Girls on Ice program, the girls learn how to mountaineer as they conduct scientific experiments on the glacier. Photo by Alexandra Ravelo

Applicants are being sought from girls ages 16 and 17 for tuition free summer science and wilderness expeditions in Alaska, Colorado and Washington state.

The programs are a partnership of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, through its College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and the International Arctic Research Center.

Four teams of up to nine teenage girls and three instructors will spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers, fjords with tidewater glaciers or the geology and ecology of the high alpine Rocky Mountains. The girls will conduct scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, oceanographers, artists, mountaineers and geologists.

Girls on Ice Alaska, June 14-25, will explore an Alaska glacier. Girls on Ice Cascades, July 15-26, will explore Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in Washington. Girls in Icy Fjords, pending funding, will explore Bear Glacier and its marine environment near Seward, Alaska, at dates still to be determined in August. Girls in Rock Colorado will explore the geology and ecology of the high alpine Rocky Mountains July 19-Aug. 1.

Information about the program is at apply@girlsonice.org

Applications are online at http://www.inspiringgirls.org/