BIPOC-Led Outdoors Organizations For You To Connect With
"We are a coalition of social media influencers – bloggers, athletes, activists, and entrepreneurs – who share the goal of promoting diversity in outdoor spaces where BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other diverse identities have historically been marginalized and silenced. We are passionate about promoting equity and access to the outdoors for all — that includes being body positive and celebrating different skill levels and abilities."
- Diversify Outdoors
Learn more: https://www.diversifyoutdoors.com/
An incredible movement founded by two BIPOC women and our friends, Kenya and Michelle, the Outdoor Journal Tour's mission is to empower women through mindfulness in the outdoors. They encourage and facilitate introspection and connection. They believe that nature heals. The Outdoor Journal Tour is also the creator of an annual campaign #WeHikeToHeal, which focused on Black Healing this year. We are continually inspired by this amazing organization.
Learn more: https://www.outdoorjournaltour.com/
"We are an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth. We support organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children."
- The Conscious Kid
Learn more: https://www.theconsciouskid.org/
"What Matters combines documentary narrative with interviews to illuminate specific, timely issues, aiming to create safe dialogue to promote freedom, justice, and collective liberation."
- Black Lives Matter
Learn more: https://blacklivesmatter.com/whatmatters
"We celebrate & inspire Black connections and leadership in nature - tag yourself #OutdoorAfro wherever you are found in nature!"
- Outdoor Afro
Learn more: https://outdoorafro.com/
"@BrownPeopleCamping is a social media initiative that utilizes perosnal narratives and digital storytlling to promote greater diversity in our public lands and outdoors community."
Learn more: https://www.brownpeoplecamping.com/
"The Indigenous Collective is an ongoing video series that collaborates with Indigenous artists, musicians, performers, and storytellers in order to celebrate their creativity and vibrancy of life! Our production team has been travelling across the country, visiting cities and their homeland to conduct interviews, learn about diverse cultures, and capture stories and performances on camera."
- The Indigenous Collective
Learn more: https://www.theindigenouscollective.com/
"A Native American Owned Outdoor Apparel & Media Company"
"Our mission is simple: We are in business to empower indigenous communities through our products and storytelling for a sustainable world."
Learn more: https://natives-outdoors.com/
"Native Women's Wilderness was created to bring Native women together to share our stories, support each other, and learn from one another as we endeavor to explore and celebrate the wilderness and our native lands."
- Native Women's Wilderness
Learn more: https://www.nativewomenswilderness.org/
"Our mission is to create a diverse and inclusive community of Asian & Pacific Islanders in the outdoors."
- Outdoor Asian
Learn more: https://www.outdoorasian.com/
"LatinXhikers is a community dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors through digital story-telling and community outreach. What began as an online platform in August 2017 to inspire more people of color to go outdoors has evolved into an ever-growing movement."
Learn more: https://www.latinxhikers.com/
"Latino Outdoors is a unique Latinx-led organization 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 Latinx experience in the outdoors; providing greater leadership, mentorship, and professional opportunities while 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 our voices, and showcase how conservation roots have been ingrained in la cultura Latina for generations."
- Latino Outdoors
Learn more: https://latinooutdoors.org/
Hear From Inspiring BIPOC Hikers Who Love To Hit The Trail
"When I was in elementary school, I had the opportunity to go to sleep away camp. The first night we did a nighttime stream hike. It was terrifying and beautiful, and it sealed within me the need to have this experience of wonder, excitement, fear, and friendship all at once. I was in a group of mostly black and brown kids from NYC and we were stoked to be able to basically play outside, swim, hike, do arts and crafts, run around in the rain, and have community outside of our apartment buildings in the city. I was lucky to have those moments in which the green outdoors was a space where I felt safe and loved. I want everyone to have an experience like that, where our natural inclination to be among the trees, by the water, or sitting on grass in a neighborhood park can be fulfilled with ease and without stigma."
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