The Cahaba Environmental Center (CEC), in partnership with Canoe the Cahaba, Cahaba Riverkeeper, and the Cahaba River Society, has been selected as recipients of the North Face's Explore Fund for our new program: Sole Sisters! Young women (ages 13-17) from the Birmingham area come out to the Cahaba Environmental Center for a weekend of backpacking and canoeing. They practice the skills that they need to be leaders in the outdoors and in their home communities!
During a weekend, the Sole Sisters arrive on a Friday evening after school. After having a delicious dinner in our dining hall, they learn the basics of camping sustainably, using their provided gear, how to pack a backpack, and how to set up a tent. Along the way, they get to know one another and their trip leaders. Saturday morning they embark on their adventure, hiking through the CEC's diverse forests and along the Cahaba River, where they find inspiration from each other, the natural world, and within themselves. After hiking along the Cahaba, the Sole Sisters will get to see the forest and the river from a new perspective. Our campsite for Saturday night is a beautiful group camping site padded with loblolly pine needles and next to one of our lakes. Sole Sisters will experience setting up a campsite, fishing, cooking in the backcountry, and sharing stories around the fire. Sunday, after waking up and cooking breakfast, the Sole Sisters pack up and get ready for the canoeing portion of their trip. We close the weekend with a reflection on the experience and a collaborative clean-up. Throughout the weekend experience, the Sole Sisters will help inspire and empower each other to face and overcome the challenges that arise, creating a group bond and friendships that will last beyond the weekend.
We provide backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, mess kits, headlamps, and food, snacks for the Sole Sisters weekend. The application includes a packing list, but we offer a variety of clothing and other equipment that we can lend out as needed.
For more information about our Sole Sisters program, please contact Mallory Pendleton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click below to see our Sole Sisters Flyer: