Taking matters into their own hands — or feet — to get kids outside, a consortium of groups in Denver, including the Women’s Wilderness Institute, Colorado Mountain Club and cityWILD, has planned an event for Sept. 25 to get toddlers and teens on the trail…
The Women’s Wilderness Institute, Colorado Mountain Club and cityWILD are organizing the 7th annual Hike for Youth, a fall hiking festival designed to help raise funds to support the efforts of these organizations to get kids off the couch and into nature. Hike for Youth will be held on Saturday, September 25 at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Golden, CO, and features a variety of activities for all ages, including easy, moderate or vigorous guided or independent hikes, a 10K trail run on a challenging single-track course, outdoor skills clinics, and an after party with music, fun, and food.
Hike for Youth, a hiking and trail running event that supports agencies that connect youth to the outdoors, was envisioned and created by Philip Ferranti of the Ferranti Foundation. This active, outdoor fundraising event benefits The Womens Wilderness Institute, Colorado Mountain Club and cityWILD, who will share funds to grow awareness in the Denver metro community about getting youth involved in outdoor education and environmental conservation, as well as share the love of the outdoors with fellow Coloradans.
“We are thrilled to be working in conjunction with The Women’s Wilderness Institute and cityWILD to help youth get out and enjoy the wonders of Colorado’s great trails,” said Brenda Porter, Education Director, Colorado Mountain Club. “Hike for Youth is a perfect way for families to explore some of the most beautiful scenery Colorado has to offer, have a great time being active together, and raise much-needed funds for three deserving organizations that help support local youth.”
Hike For Youth has something for everyone. Participants can choose from the following activities:
- Guided or independent gentle, moderate or vigorous hikes. All hikers will be given a Hike Passport to be stamped at various activity stations along the trails.
- 2nd Annual 10K Trail Run For Youth on a challenging single track route
- Outdoors Skills Clinics that combine either Intro to Rock Climbing or Orienteering with a hike
- Fun-filled after party at the Red Barn picnic area with music, food, activities, expo booths, massage, yoga, and activities for the whole family
The 10K run begins at 8:30a.m. and the hikes and skills clinics start at 9a.m. The after-party runs from noon until 3p.m. In addition to a nominal registration fee, participants are encouraged to collect pledges for one or all of the benefitting organizations. Top fundraisers will win prizes such as outdoor gear and gift cards.
Hike for Youth is sponsored by the Ferranti Foundation, Columbia, REI and Mountainsmith. For more information or to register for Hike for Youth, visit www.hikeforyouth.com.
About The Women’s Wilderness Institute
The Women’s Wilderness Institute (TWWI) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of strengthening the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls and women, through the support and challenge of wilderness and community-based experiences. “Conscious Choice”, a research based teaching and learning model provides a theoretical and practical foundation for TWWI’s female-specific wilderness programs. Girls are taught to make thoughtful, life-enhancing choices- the basis for a fulfilling and empowered life. TWWI’s outdoor adventures and backcountry trips are held in the Rocky Mountains and southwestern deserts and rivers.
For more information, visit www.womenswilderness.org.
Colorado Mountain Club
(CMC) sparks personal growth and academic achievement in youth through mountain art, science, literacy, and recreation education. CMC “brings the mountains” to more than 5,000 students every year through in-school activities and field trips. Classes include Mountain Weather, Avalanche Science, Physics of Rock Climbing, Physiology with an Altitude, Conserve Our Mountains, Conserve Our Neighborhoods, and more. For more information, visit www.cmc.org.
cityWILD provides low-income, culturally diverse youth ages 11-17 with outdoor and environmental learning opportunities that promote developmental themes of personal empowerment, leadership and community participation. Participants reach their potential at home, in school and within their community. For more information, visit www.citywild.org.