My name is Susie Barr-Wilson, and I have been providing outdoor education opportunities for girls for almost two decades (whoa!). Here in the Bay Area, I lead programs with GirlVentures, an outdoor adventure organization for girls and non-binary youth focused on leadership development, social emotional learning, and environmental conservation. I also teach in the Dept. of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Inspired by the programs at GirlVentures, SFSU, and other youth-serving organizations I’ve been fortunate to be a part of, I developed Chrysalis Girls Adventures to empower more girls with confidence, courage, and compassion through outdoor adventures.
Meet the Founder
Susie grew up camping and panning for gold with her grandpa in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and attending summer camp at Lazy F Camp & Retreat Center in the Eastern cascade mountain foothills. A graduate of Western Washington University's Recreation Department, Susie has worked as Program Director at Lazy F Camp in central WA, Youth Program Director at Aldersgate United Methodist Church near Seattle, as a Peace Corp Volunteer in rural South Africa, and Program Coordinator and Mentor for Wild Whatcom in Bellingham, WA. Here in the Bay Area, Susie has worked as Program Manager and Instructor for GirlVentures, as a facilitator and Course Advisor for Outward Bound CA, and as a Recreation Coordinator with the City of Fairfield. She holds a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Young Women’s Empowerment through Outdoor Recreation, and now teaches alongside her former professors! She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator Course (2011), she has held a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification since 2001, and she is published in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning, and the Diversity, Equity, Belonging, & Inclusion Field Guide: Stories of Lived Experience. Susie’s favorite pastimes include hiking with her partner and their two kids, practicing yoga, making smoothies and gluten-free treats, rock-climbing, and hosting theme parties.
“Susie's energy is a bright ray of sunshine; warm and brings light to your life. It was such a pleasure to watch her interact with the students with such animation and diligence. I am so inspired by the personal growth of both Susie and Chrysalis Girls Adventures."
Julie Agsalog, 2022 Trails to Sea Instructor