A note about 2021: GOALS will look different this year! While we can’t go on a backpacking trip, we are still focused on transforming STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) by increasing diversity and investing in the professional and personal development of young women and girls. GOALS 2021 will be a combination of hands-on science and leadership opportunities, networking with women and gender-expansive scientists, and fantastic mentoring experiences. We will provide an inclusive environment and all the materials needed for you to develop leadership, communication and creative thinking skills, all of which will help prepare you for life after high school. The 2021 summer program will be virtual, and we will follow all public health guidelines on any potential in-person events. 

2018 scholars and trip leaders!

GOALS is a free summer science program for high school girls and gender expansive youth to learn science hands-on while backpacking with UC Davis and National Park scientists. Scholars engage in citizen science and independent research as well as lessons in leadership and outdoors skills.

We believe in the power of young people as leaders, scientists, and outdoors persons. GOALS is an opportunity for people who have had that experience of walking into a classroom, a lab, or an outdoor space and finding that no one else looked like them. If you’ve doubted that you belong in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) or the outdoors, GOALS is for you. We particularly encourage people of color, trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, and LGBTQ+ people to get involved with GOALS: this is for you!