Jessica White - Founder & CEO
Member: National Speleological Society, Carroll Cave Conservancy
Women's Event Coordinator JoCo KS Pheasants Forever
When I visit with a co-worker on Monday morning in the office, I want to show them photos and tell stories of epic adventures I’ve done either by myself or with others. Really, it’s not that complicated; I want a life filled with adventure and exploration.
I’ve gone on every kind of hunting and fishing trip imaginable with my Dad. While he liked that part of the outdoors, my Mom, on the other hand, taught me the love of camping, kayaking, canoeing, rappelling and all kinds of outdoor sports. I still enjoy trips with them, but I started Wander Woman to encourage other women to find themselves in the outdoors.
When I hit my early 30’s, I hit a maturity level that challenged me to do something more with my life. Being an outdoors adventure-seeking woman sets me apart from my peers. However, the more I focused on doing things outdoors, the harder time I had finding things with other women. Wander Woman was established to provide a platform for connecting with other women and highlight their adventures.
There is something deeply satisfying, and connecting, about sharing experiences with others. Not only do they provide great storytelling material later, they also provide new lessons about ourselves and our abilities that we did not know we possessed.
I grew up smack dab in the middle of the flint hills, fifteen miles from the nearest town. My mom and dad taught me how to load a gun and bait a hook at a young age. Some of my fondest memories of growing up are of reloading shotgun shells with my dad.
Exploring the outdoors; taking in the beauty of nature, identifying native plants, and observing wildlife in their habitat, is what keeps me going. Aside from the outdoors, I love history and learning how things were in the past. This nerd even has a favorite president, Theodore Roosevelt. Succulents and cacti obsessed, I have amassed a collection of over 50 different plants.
I live in Emporia with my husband, Eric, and son, Porter. We enjoy hunting, fishing, checking trail cameras, and shooting our bows as a family.
I am so excited to be a part of Woman Woman’s future, and look forward to meeting and engaging other women in the outdoors!
I am striving to become a knowledgeable outdoor woman. I truly enjoy the peace, beauty, and calming feeling the outdoor brings. I am expanding my knowledge in camping, canoeing, and kayaking all while finding areas to wander, hike, and explore close to home. If you have recommendations on areas to explore, feel free to email Wander Woman and I would love to check it out!
While doing these activities I am learning about the identification of plant species and native Kansas animals. The next goal is to start the identification journey in the surrounding states.
When I am not discovering the outdoors, I help with local animal rescues and finding ways to assist with animal outreach. Other hobbies include crafting, gardening, taking care of my large amount of house plants, and DIY house projects. I live with my boyfriend, my two spoiled dogs, and have a career in event marketing.
I was drawn to Wander Woman because I have been searching for more women to connect with who like to explore and go on adventures. I like to try new things, explore walking trails, be outside in nature and go to the shooting range. I find nature to be both invigorating and calming at the same time.
My explorer spirit is always drawn to the woods and finding new parks, trails, and creeks to discover. Oftentimes just going for a walk and getting some fresh air can either inspire me or relax me.
I’m also passionate about the second amendment and women being able to defend themselves and be self-sufficient with life skills and outdoor skills. Being a part of Wander Woman gives me opportunities to try things I normally wouldn’t have connections to and to learn them from other women.
I am a born and raised Kansas farm girl who loves to play in the dirt and be outside. Whether I was working in the garden, helping my dad work cattle or playing with my sisters, I always wanted to be outside. Not much has changed over the years. I love to garden, play volleyball, shoot sporting clays, travel, go to concerts and walk the many trails in the area with my husband Brian and our dog Jett.
There is just something about being outside and taking the time to slow down and really enjoy the beauty of nature that heals the soul. Nature has something that everyone can enjoy no matter what your interests are! Whether it’s how to skip a stone, how to fish, hunt, shoot, camp or identify plants; why not do it with a great group of friends and make lasting memories!
The only outdoor adventures I experienced as a kid was being in Girl Scouts and fishing on the weekends with my grandfather. As I got older, I didn’t know anyone that hunted or did anything outdoors. I felt like I was missing out on something I wanted to do.
About 6 years ago I got involved with archery and bought my first bow. As I’ve done the same hunts every year, I've become stuck in a comfort zone for awhile and felt like I was missing something again. I’ve gone on many hunting trips and always been the only girl. With owning a bar its never been an issue for me to make friends, but I wanted to enjoy the outdoors and these trips with other women that enjoyed the same things I do.
If it wasn’t for my local NWTF chapter members I don’t know if I would have found Jessica and Wander Woman! I’m beyond grateful to have found this group and everything it offers.
Aside from my passion for the outdoors, I also own and operate Full Draw Bar & Grill in Edgerton, KS and A Stitch in Tine Taxidermy. Because believing in Wander Woman’s mission, I’m excited to be apart of its future and meeting other like minded women.
Member: National Wild Turkey Federation
I was born and raised in the Kansas City area but my soul lives in the country! My brother and I, when not fighting, were the best of friends and would spend all our time either in the woods behind our house in the city, at our family farm house in rural Missouri, or at our lake cabin in the Ozarks. I don’t remember life without our family land in Missouri, likely because I have been going there since I was a baby! I have many fond memories of spending time in the farm house with my granny, running trotlines at the lake with my dad, and of going to the field hunting with my dad and the excitement of that first kill and how proud he was of me.
I enjoy long walks to the deer stand and listening to the sounds of the turkeys flying down from their roost. I didn’t actually begin hunting until after high school - I’m told it’s because I didn’t like mornings which is true but not what I remember! Fishing is great because I don’t have to wake up early! With having lake property my whole life I’ve been fishing (mostly rod and reel but also trotline) since I was a kid!
From being barefoot and picking mulberries and crabapples in the heart of the city to head to toe camo while hunting deer or turkey, I love all things outdoors. I’m an avid gardener and am really looking forward to spearheading a Wander Woman Community Garden to share with everyone interested. I’m also excited to branch out into other outdoor/hunting activities that I haven’t had an opportunity to try yet! I’m tired of watching my dad and brother have all the fun on hunting trips, I’m ready to go too!