Who we are

Our Mission

The purpose of this organization shall be to empower women and our youth of all ages by educating in the varieties of outdoor activities, through motivation and active participation- through the knowledge of the organization and its members. We are dedicated to providing information that is true and safe, have representation in different states in which to hold events and to respect our women, our youth and our environment.

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Women Of the Outdoors, which is based out of Massachusetts and has roots nationwide- is a non-profit organization that motivates, educates and empowers women and young adults in leadership, responsibility, and compassion for others through the value of outdoor recreation. With the emergence of  generations born with electronics and technology in hand, many women and children are deprived of knowing what engagement in outdoor activities can do for them.

 

 

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Women of the Outdoors hosts motivational seminars, charitable events, educational programs and assists in providing equipment to those involved in our events who may be financially struggling. Women of the Outdoors feels strongly that everyone can benefit from the experiences and knowledge obtained through outdoor adventures and excursions, and strives to furnish the opportunities for everyone to do so, regardless of their economic capability. 

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Women of the outdoors aims to give women & youth a positive outlet, plus learn self suffiency, and sustainability.

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Women Of The Outdoors started as facebook group where women could feel comfortable to ask questions, meet other women who share their passion, and not be judged. After changing women's lives within the group and realizing the need for educated women & youth in the outdoors our board started the process for 501.3(c). Now Women of the Outdoors has the ability to help countless women & youth nationwide.

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 Board of Directors

Women Of The Outdoors partner's with local nonprofits to help with conservation efforts, as well as conduct our own clean ups. Teaching women and youth about conservation & preservation is important for our future generations.

Founder/President/Secretary

Phyllis Rowe is 34 years old and a Massachusetts resident. Phyllis spent most her child hood outside camping, fishing, and gardening-she continues to enjoy these activities, while expanding to new adventures in the outdoors. Phyllis become a CNA at age 18, after caring for her sick grandmother she wanted to go into a field to help others. Phyllis Homeschooled her daughter, Heaven, for 2 years introducing her to teaching and connecting her to community programs. Phyllis has participated in Relay for life with her daughter since 2010, in honor of her grandmother. Her experience in the Relay put her on a course to further help others, by establishing the Liberty Tax/Relay for life donation promotion in 2012. This provided taxpayers a means to support their favorite Relay team. Phyllis began hunting in 2017 with her fiancé. She soon noticed a need for women to have a safe place to post their outdoor adventures and connect with other woman sharing their passion. She Created a facebook group “Women of the Outdoors”, which has inspired many to create their own outdoor adventure, encouraged them to share without judgment, and enabled woman less experienced ask questions in a comfortable environment. The group of women’s struggles as well as her own, inspired Phyllis to start up a nonprofit organization to empower women and help them to prosper in the outdoors. She strives to educate women and youth the importance of conservation and preservation, as well as safety preparation for outdoor recreation. Phyllis looks to motivate women & youth to become active outdoors, which in turn will enable them to become successful in other areas of their life. 

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Stacey Pettiford III - Treasurer

Stacey was raised in Charlton, MA. He has been hunting and fishing since he was a small boy. Growing up he learned the importance of conservation and self sufficiency. He has shared these traditions, and his knowledge of the outdoors, with his fiancé, Phyllis Rowe, and their 3 children.  Stacey encouraged Phyllis to create her own Facebook group for women, after Phyllis received unwanted messages when posting hunting and fishing photo, in Facebook groups. He respects outdoor women and feels that the outdoors is everyone's domain. Phyllis' group grew quickly and many women found it a safe place to share their outdoor adventures, as well as learn from each other. When she approached him about starting up a nonprofit for women, he was more than happy to help and suggested including young adults. He believes that everyone can benefit from outdoor adventures. We need to teach our next generation the importance of conservation & preservation.

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Sabrina Mergenthaler-

Board Member & Georgia Chapter Leader

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Sabrina has always been an avid explorer of the Earth and a courageous pioneer of the outdoors. from an early age, she was introduced to a love for sunshine, dirt, wildlife and the disconnect from everyday life that comes with the embrace of getting out into nature. Sabrina's father played a key role in that introduction, taking her out fishing in the swamps and oceans of South Florida; and not getting too upset when she was brought home by the police for lighting a campfire in the woods behind the library. In 2009, he suffered from a traumatic brain injury when he was involved a motorcycle accident. The catastrophic event left Sabrina and her family with a dad who was not quite the same. Eventually, at the age of 18, Sabrina left her parents’ home in Florida for the unknowns of Georgia with her future husband. Together they had three awesome children, which Sabrina spent four years homeschooling after the public-school system produced concerning curriculums. During this time Sabrina was able to spend more time with her children in the outdoor environment she loved, and surrounded herself with all things natural and positive. She operated a turtle rescue, was a Boy Scout troop leader, cultivated a garden, delved into medicinal and edible herbs, taught herself and her kids bushcrafting, hiked, joined a militia, and even starred in the hit TV show Naked and Afraid in 2014. Unfortunately, all things must come to an end, and in 2015, Sabrina and her husband decided to go their separate ways. This was not an easy time for Sabrina as her children were moved to the opposite side of the country. She accepted and endured the hardships, though, and continued to pursue survival in another fashion—on her own. As her experience in a multitude of challenges grew, Sabrina saw an opportunity to pursue her passion for exploring the outdoors while giving something back to others. That's when Sabrina met Phyllis Rowe of Women of the Outdoors. Re-fueled by Phyllis’s mission, Sabrina accepted Phyllis’s request to support and help build the non-profit Women of the Outdoors into the vision they both could see and shared--An environment safe for women to share, discuss, and even learn the skills that some would otherwise consider “man’s domain.”

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Kathrene Harris - Board member

& Arkansas Chapter Leader

Coming soon..