Girls on Ice 2013 Applications*

Happy holidays, ECE readers!

Although we’re supposed to be doing the whole holiday thing – eggnog, ugly sweaters, holiday songs, Charlie Brown specials, and…not blogging – I’ve been lurking the ol’ email and would like to share something from across the wire.

This evening, the one and only Erin Pettit, sent along great news: the 2013 Girls on Ice applications are open! If you’re unacquainted, Girls on Ice is a National Science Foundation funded, science education, mountaineering and leadership experience that is offered to young women each year through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The program finds exceptional individuals, from diverse economic backgrounds and geographic areas, and provides them an equally exceptional experience in Alaska or Washington State’s North Cascades. Being married to a 2001 program alum/former GOI employee, I personally know someone who can vouch for the value and life-changing potential of this program. But don’t take my word for it, check out what Erin sent along:

Glaciers on Mt. Rainier through a variable retention harvest in Washington State, USA

Glaciers on Mt. Rainier through a variable retention harvest in Washington State, USA


Dear Friends of Girls on Ice,

We are pleased to announce that applications are now available for the Girls on Ice 2013 Expeditions! 

Please pass this information on to all teens, teachers, or other friends and community members who work with teens. 
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Girls on Ice ( is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year a team of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 11 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and alpine landscapes through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists and mountaineers. 

This year we are offering 2 expeditions! 

Girls on Ice NORTH CASCADES is the original expedition in Washington State. 
Open to all girls age 15-18 (yes, international girls can apply!) 
July 21 – August 1, 2013 

Girls on Ice ALASKA is geared toward Alaskan and Pacific Northwest girls. 
June 21 – July 2, 2013 (applications are due February 1, 2013)

***Girls on Ice is not a reward for past good grades or academic achievement, 

 it is an inspiration for future academic success and leadership.***

We are able to provide this program TUITION FREE to the girls through small grants, gifts from individuals, and generous support from the National Science Foundation, the Alaska Climate Science Center, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

Please consider giving to the program to keep it going in the future, visit: 

For more information, please visit:

Questions? Please send an email to


Please forward this on to your local high school educator, boys and girls club, YMCA, 4-H, Girl Scout chapter or any other venue that serves budding young female leaders. Oh, and have a great holiday season!

*The ECE team makes no collective endorsement of any organization. All endorsements are made solely by a post’s author(s).

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