Our Program

This program will consist of scientific lessons, discussions, hands-on environmental investigation and experimentation, and small group activities all while backpacking through the beautiful Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. In addition to scientific content, you will participate in discussions on a range of related topics, including environmentalism, social justice, sustainability, and leadership and you will have opportunities for personal reflection, journal keeping, and art. You are encouraged to push yourself outside your comfort zone and to try new activities, while simultaneously gaining self-awareness and self-confidence.

Images of GALS on an outdoor trail, writing notes, or doing research
We will often break into smaller groups for scientific investigations, reflection activities, and leadership development. Most of the day, we will be hiking and doing science activities with limited downtime. There is flexible time each day for working on independent journals, playing games, and engaging in other fun activities.

Upcoming Session

Get ready for the 2020 GALS of southern NM and west TX summer session!

Date: June 14 - June 20

Who: 9th-12th grade girls from the Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX areas.

Cost: Absolutely FREE!

Application Deadline: April 15. GALS Application Details here.

View the 2020 GALS Program Flyer

What To Expect

Girls looking at lizard that trip leader holds up

Join us to take a journey that will change your life! Our mission is to share our passion for the outdoors and natural sciences with other young women. You will come out of this program having climbed mountains (literally) with a group of motivated and positive young women. Over the week, you will develop your leadership abilities, gain outdoorswoman skills and do hands-on science in the wilderness. Build skills and form new connections, all while exploring the beautiful landscape of New Mexico's wilderness.

Some of what you'll learn and do:

  • Build teamwork and leadership skills with group activities
  • Practice the scientific method in a hands-on way
  • Plan and carry out your own study
  • Learn how to backpack like a pro
  • Learn how to purify your own water
  • Make connections and form friendships with other like-minded girls
  • Gain confidence in the outdoors
  • Have an adventure!