Our environment program aims to bring “cultura” into the outdoor narrative and connect communities of color and leadership with nature and outdoor experiences.
We connect familias and youth with nature, engage and inspire leadership of color, empower communities to explore and share their stories in defining their Outdoors identity.
Our vision is that the diversity of Latino and African American identity is connected with the diversity of outdoor experiences, and we are active stewards and advocates for our natural spaces, sharing our stories and empowering the next generation of leadership in the outdoors.
About: We are working to create a national community of leaders in conservation and outdoor education. As part of this work, we are focused on expanding and amplifying the Latino and African American experience in the outdoors; providing greater opportunities for leadership, mentorship, professional opportunities and serving as a platform for sharing cultural connections and narratives that are often overlooked by the traditional outdoor movement. It is a space for the community to be present, share their voices, and showcase how conservation roots have been ingrained in Latino cultura and African American traditions for generations.
The need: The POC population is a fast growing demographic in the United States. They are also among the most underrepresented groups in conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental education organizations. We hope to expand from a North Carolina based organization to an international volunteer movement. The original model (i.e. Latino Outdoors and Afro-Outdoors) is easily replicable and allows the individual to include their unique passions in each location and at each event. Through this network, volunteer leaders support each other in leading responsible recreation, providing mentoring activities to youth, expanding outdoor access through experiential experiences, and partnering with other organizations for supplemental education components.
Everyone is welcome regardless of race, language and ethnicity! We exist to celebrate culture and to support communities of color engagement and leadership in the outdoors, not to exclude anyone.