Women's Mountain Passages provides safe places for youth to explore, learn, and develop while creating caring relationships with peers and facilitators. Participants in our youth programs gain necessary skills for healthy living such as communication and leadership skills, mentoring, physical fitness, outdoor recreation experiences, and experiential learning opportunities with ecology, agriculture, and nature. Our youth programs aim to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce and prevent violence, build community and social cohesion, and cultivate tomorrow's leaders.
Students benefit from a closer connection with their food and agriculture. Research on nutrition education methods increasingly suggests that there is a link between long-term healthy eating behaviors and experiential learning that begins early in life. The more a child is involved with food - either through gardening, farming, cooking or other "real life" food experiences -- the more likely it is that he or she will adopt healthy eating behaviors as a lifelong practice. In this program, students increase their understanding of agriculture's relationship to the environment; practice sustainable food production skills; learn about the interconnected nature of agriculture, ecology, and society; and gain a personal understanding of eating as an act of environmental stewardship. Learn more about Digging In here.
In Plumas County, adolescent girls do not have the same opportunities as boys to participate in outdoor educational activities. Research suggests that “several constraints affect adolescent girls participation in outdoor activities - gender roles, lack of opportunity, peer relationships, self-concept, and access problems were the most likely to pose restrictions”. Girl's Rite addresses evidence that "strongly suggests that outdoor programming builds skills and confidence in girls, thereby making the outdoor environment less intimidating and more available to them." Girl’s Rite applies a group-mentoring model to provide caring support to girls, improve academic achievement, break down barriers to outdoor participation, and open up avenues for lifelong connections to peers, adults, and to the outdoors. Learn more about Girl's Rite here.
Passages Women's Programs were designed to meet the unique needs and learning styles of women and girls while providing solid instruction in wilderness living, outdoor skills, and back country safety. Over 500 women and girls have participated in Women's Mountain Passages activities. While no two have had exactly the same experience, nearly everyone tells us that they learned something about themselves.