What we're about

Washington Women Outdoors (WWO) is a non-profit organization founded in the Fall of 1977 and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) in the Spring of 1979, that is run almost entirely by volunteers. We engage in outdoor activities in the Washington, DC area where women share skills, experience, strengths, and support to enhance and expand each woman's world. We welcome women of diverse ages, races, and lifestyles. WWO provides instruction by women for women. Activities are available for all skill levels to inspire the beginner and to challenge the more advanced.

WWO members are independent women who seek adventure in the outdoors. We have a passion for hiking, biking, rock climbing, caving, backpacking, kayaking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, hang gliding, and anything that tests our strength and broadens our horizons. We enjoy meeting new people who want to travel with us to beautiful places in the wilderness. If you are open to learning new things in a supportive environment and enjoy sharing the outdoors with other women, we invite you to join us.

WWO is different than typical Meetup groups. We scout our hiking and biking trips. Each trip is led by two leaders. One leader stays at the front of the group and the second leader is the sweep. Each participant is encouraged to participate at her own pace, and the sweep is there to ensure that no one is left behind. We want each participant to go at their own pace so that they enjoy their experience and come back to the outdoors.

Please visit our website: https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/ for more information and to register for events.

Upcoming events (4)

Prince Georges Agricultural Bike Ride– Short Version

Needs a location

Register and pay for this ride on our website at this link:
https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=305
$7 members; $10 non-members

Although this ride is FREE for Premium Members, please register!
Find out about WWO Member benefits at this link: https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/membership-fees/

Complete the online Waiver at this link:
https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/v/wwotripwaiver/

Upon completion of registration and the waiver, trip details will be forwarded by email. If you do not see confirmation email from Washington Women Outdoors in your in-box, immediately check your spam folder. No further trip details will be provided on Meetup.

There is limited space on all our events. Register early on our website to reserve your spot!

This bike ride is 22 miles, 1000 feet elevation, on rural and suburban roads. Suitable for advanced beginners who want a little hill experience and above.
This ride winds through the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center’s open fields and farmland, and includes a lovely ride on the forested drive leading to the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. The Beltsville Agricultural Center is an oasis of green in a rapidly urbanizing area. We plan to ride 22 miles on roads that are rolling hills to moderately hilly. We will have a leader and sweep and no one will be left behind. The starting point is a short ride from the Greenbelt Metro Station.

Register on our website at this link:
https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=305

If you have questions about an event and do not wish to register, please send an email to [masked].

Prince Georges Agricultural Bike Ride– Long Version

Needs a location

Register and pay for this ride on our website at this link:
https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=306
$10 members; $15 non-members

Although this ride is FREE for Premium Members, please register!
Find out about WWO Member benefits at this link: https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/membership-fees/

Complete the online Waiver at this link:
https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/v/wwotripwaiver/

Upon completion of registration and the waiver, trip details will be forwarded by email. If you do not see confirmation email from Washington Women Outdoors in your in-box, immediately check your spam folder. No further trip details will be provided on Meetup.

There is limited space on all our events. Register early on our website to reserve your spot!

This bike ride is 35 miles, 1600 feet elevation on rural and suburban roads and rolling hills. Suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.
This ride winds through the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center’s open fields and farmland, and includes a lovely ride on the forested drive leading to the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. The Beltsville Agricultural Center is an oasis of green in a rapidly urbanizing area. We plan to ride 35 miles on roads that are rolling hills to moderately hilly. This longer version also includes a brief ride on a paved trail and a second rest stop at a community center. We will have a leader and sweep and no one will be left behind. The starting point is a short ride from the Greenbelt Metro Station.
Register on our website at this link:
https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=306

If you have questions about an event and do not wish to register, please send an email to [masked].

Beginner Kayak On Little Seneca Lake

Needs a location

Register and pay for this event on our website at this link:
https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=307
Members - $65; Members BYOK - $35
Non-Members - $75; Non-Members BYOK - $45

You can bring your own kayak, paddle and PFD, or the WWO trip fee can include a rental kayak, paddle and PFD.
THERE IS A $5 CASH LAUNCH FEE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THEIR OWN KAYAK IN ADDITION TO THE WWO TRIP FEE.

Find out about WWO Member benefits at this link: https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/membership-fees/

Complete the online Waiver at this link:
https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/v/wwotripwaiver/
Upon completion of registration and the waiver, an email confirmation is sent.
There is limited space on all our events. Register early on our website to reserve your spot!

Come join us as we paddle on the beautiful Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park. All are welcome! No experience needed. We will learn the basics of getting in and out of the boat and going forward, reverse, and sideways. We will paddle a short distance, traveling at a leisurely pace to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, and observe turtles, and birds such as green herons, snowy egrets and Canadian Geese. After we return our kayaks, we’ll have lunch on the beach.
Bring water, lunch and snacks. All other details – what to wear, other items to bring, meetup arrangements and driving directions – will be provided by email after you register.
Register at this link on our website:
https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=307

If you have questions about an event and do not wish to register, please send an email to info@washingtonwomenoutdoors.org.

Appalachian Trail White Rocks Day Hike

Needs a location

Register and pay for this event on our website at this link:
https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=304
$10 members; $15 non-members
Find out about WWO Member benefits at this link: https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/membership-fees/
Complete the online Waiver at this link:
https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/v/wwotripwaiver/
Upon completion of registration and the waiver, an email confirmation is sent.
No further trip details will be provided on Meetup.
Due to Covid-19, there is limited space on all our events. Register early on our website to reserve your spot!
This hike on the Appalachian Trail offers magnificent views of the valleys and interesting outcrops along the way. After an initial incline, we’ll hike along the wooded mountain ridge of South Mountain. We will relax, take in the views and have lunch at the scenic White Rocks overlook. Weather permitting, we will reverse our steps to pick up a side trail that takes us down to the Bear Springs Cabin. We’ll then return uphill, rather steeply, to White Rocks a second time, and then hike downhill to the parking area. Gathland State Park features the National War Correspondents Memorial Arch, a large stone monument dedicated to the memory of Civil War correspondents.
Miles: 8
This is a Level 8 hike suitable for intermediate to advanced level hikers.
Rating: Level 8 (View Hiking Rating Scale)
If you have questions about an event and do not wish to register, please send an email to info@washingtonwomenoutdoors.org.
Register at this link on our website:
https://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=304

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Rural Splendor Bike Ride

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