Whether it's hiking, climbing or a road tripping to a national park, being outdoors can be a lot of fun. For communities of color, historical trauma, and a lack of resources and access make it a challenge.
When the National Park Service (NPS) celebrated its 100 years of service in 2017, new data revealed that 78 percent of the park’s visitors were white, 7 percent were African-Americans -- far below their national population -- with Latinos, Native Americans and other nonwhite visitors notably invisible in the great outdoors.
NPS has acknowledged the need to make park spaces more accessible to communities of color; groups such as Outdoor Afro, Latino Outdoors and other community-based organizations have been established across the country to increase diversity in outdoor spaces. But access problems still exist.
Verna Volker is the founder of Native Women Running and a member of Native Women’s Wilderness
Angelou Ezeilo is the CEO & founder of the Greening Youth Foundation and author of Engage, Connect, Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders
Caitlin Murray is the founder of Purposeful Nomad
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