Championing Diversity in the Outdoors

Our work to create Champions of Nature through education and inspiration cannot be achieved without racial and social justice as well. We stand in solidarity with those seeking justice and change, and are committed to doing our part to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of our work. Everyone should feel welcome and safe to enjoy the outdoors.

We recognize we have work to do. It is not news that environmental organizations often lack in diversity, ourselves included. We are not a leader in this movement, but our goal is to be an ally. We are showing up by listening and educating ourselves, as well as taking action to be more inclusive and equitable in our work. In July 2019, we began a multi-year staff training and educational program in diversity, equity and inclusion. We are continuing those necessary and important conversations and applying what we learn in the work we do. We continue to ask ourselves what we can do to combat racism and inequality and are taking steps to diversify our opportunities and programming.

We’ve created this blog — and will be regularly updating it — to point to resources, articles and other applicable information that may help guide us in our work, amplify melanated voices and highlight disparities in diversity in the outdoor industry.

READ

Why Every Environmentalist Should Be Anti-Racist by Leah Thomas for Vogue

Bad Things Happen in the Woods: the Anxiety of Hiking While Black by Candice Pires for The Guardian

It Matters Who You See in Outdoor Media by Carolyn Finney for Outside Magazine

We’re Here, You Just Don’t See Us by Latria Graham for Outside Magazine

Diversity in the Great Outdoors: Is Everyone Welcome in America’s Parks and Public Lands? by Reyna Askew and Margaret A. Walls for Resources Magazine

Black Bodies, Green Spaces by Taya Miles for New York TImes Op-ed

Photographing Nature While Black: One Man’s Quest to Make Green Spaces Less White by Kate Yoder for Grist

Black Communities are Reclaiming Space Outdoors, From Backyard Gardening to Mountain Climbing by Carla Bell for Yes! Magazine

1 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race

A Diverse Summer Reading List for Kids

28 Great Black History Book Month Books for Kids

LISTEN

Code Switch

Seeing White

WATCH

Birds of North America with Jason Ward (YouTube)

RESOURCES

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race – Resource Roundup

Teaching Tolerance

Diversify Outdoors

Anti-racism resources

CR metro library resources on anti-racism

Center for Diversity & the Environment resources

Dismantling racism, a resource book

Racial Equity Tools

Showing Up for Racial Justice

Avarna – Insights & Resources for Environmental & Outdoor Leaders & Their Organizations

Ubunto Research & Evaluation

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