Harnessing the power of the outdoors, to find the heroine within
Evergreen Girls evolved out of two friends’ love for a good trail, a belly laugh and the sobering feeling you get from standing in front of a wide open vista.
We went into the forest, we saw its wonders and we brought that feeling of enlightenment home with us, into our workplaces and throughout the greater community.
We want everyone to experience that.
We use the vastness of nature to open the minds of girls and women to a brighter future through community and conservancy.
We are creating original content, to build a different kind of network.
We envision a community of women empowered by each other and lessons learned on the trail.
Throughout her college years Katie used trails to get to know herself better. The further she walked down dirt paths, the deeper she dove into the person she wanted to be. Nature helped her solidify her morals, ethics and character. Qualities and ideals she took with her throughout her career in journalism. It is a high-stress, deadline driven and sometime cut-throat work environment. Again, the trail was there for her. This time, it wasn’t a place to delve deeper, but a place to escape. It was a happy place, out of service area, where her work phone couldn’t ring.
It was on the trail that Katie began craving a way to combine her passions of conservancy, female confidence and fearlessness and the great outdoors. She wanted to build an oasis where she could let her storytelling skills thrive in the wild, because as we both know, the wild is where the real magic is. Evergreen Girls was born.
It never took long: on hikes as a child, Grace would get impatient, her head growing heavy and feet dragging. She wanted instant gratification – the wide, open vista and picnic lunch. Fast forward a couple decades, and from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coastline, and the preserves, parks and pastures in between, Grace is soaking up every moment of the trek.
Her love affair with the outdoors developed during her first job in journalism, while living in Bend, Oregon. Being outside gave Grace confidence – in her body and her mind – while giving her perspective about her place in the world.
She experienced the juxtaposition of Mother Nature’s great power and fragility, and was hooked. Nature has opened Grace’s eyes to what really matters in life, and as a result, she’s making some major life changes. She wants other women and girls – no matter their background – to feel that unrestrained sense of being, as well. She is so honored to be walking with her friend and confidant, Katie, as they begin what’s sure to be a long and fulfilling journey to enrich the lives of women and girls everywhere.