IntroductionIt’s more important than ever to highlight the leaders in the outdoor, park, and recreation industries who are people of color. The following organizations and individuals are paving the way when it comes to promoting equal access outdoors. From our friends at the National Recreation and Park Ethnic Minority Society to like-minded bloggers, podcasters, and creators, here is a list of 7 creators and groups who you should follow.If you know of someone that should be added to this list, please contact us @lets_talk_parks on Instagram to be added.
1. Outdoorsy DivaOutdoorsy Diva >>> Misadventures of an Outdoorsy Diva is an adventure travel blog for women who love outdoor adventure, unique travel experiences, the great outdoors, foodie adventures, theme parks and every other kind of adventure.
“If I inspire anyone at all to pursue a dream, to step out of their norm, and to really take time to appreciate the beauty of the world we live in then it will all be worth it. Being the “Outdoorsy” type doesn’t mean you wear camouflage or that you’re any less feminine. And being feminine and liking designer purses doesn’t mean that you can’t connect with nature, even if you make a fool of yourself in the process. If this girl can get in touch with her outdoorsy side then so can you!”https://outdoorsydiva.com/odpodcast/
2. Outdoor AfroVisit Outdoor Afro Website >> Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature.
“We help people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet! Outdoor Afro is a national non-profit organization with leadership networks around the country. With nearly 80 leaders in 30 states from around the country, we connect thousands of people to outdoor experiences, who are changing the face of conservation. So come out in nature with us, or be a partner to help us grow our work so that we can help lead the way for inclusion in outdoor recreation, nature, and conservation for all!”
3. Everybody’s National ParksVisit Everybody’s National Parks >>>
“Everybody’s National Parks is a podcast dedicated to family adventure in our national parks. We aim to inspire, inform, and provide guidance and insight to help families and visitors get the most out of their park experience. You will hear about our trips as well as hear from experts regarding history, nature, activities, and tours, pressing issues and also from neighbors and visitors to the parks. We look forward to sharing our tips and tales of adventure with you!”Specific podcast below: https://www.everybodysnationalparks.com/shelton-johnson-buffalo-soldiers-diveristy-in-national-parks
4. Outside Voices PodcastVisit Outside Voices >>>
“Outdoor Voices Podcast is a podcast featuring personal stories from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ folks and others who redefine “outdoorsy”. We’re co-creating stories with outdoor enthusiasts, educators, storytellers, activists, social media influencers, artists and more. Outside Voices Podcast is a project by Resource Media, with seed funding from Brainerd Foundation and True North Foundation. Resource Media is a nonprofit communications firm working exclusively in support of social change.”
5. NRPEMSVisit NRPEMS >>>
“NRPEMS is an organization of minority members of the National Recreation and Park Association who have joined for the express purpose of: productively representing the park, recreation and related leisure service interest and rights of minorities while participating in the overall effort of the park and recreation profession and the National Recreation and Park Association to serve the park, recreation and related leisure service needs and desires of the public.”
6. The Black OutdoorsVisit The Black Outdoors >>>
“We founded TheBlackOutdoors in order to fill what we saw as a void in our community. Through countless experiences, we noticed a lack of representation and participation of people of color in outdoor recreation. When you see something you don’t like, do something about it! Exposure, awareness, and inspiration are the keys to success when attempting to bridge a gap. TBO seeks to ignite your passion for recreation and adventure by highlighting folks who look like you doing dope, new things. We hope that we can show you that being outdoors is more than hiking. Natural wonder often lies right in our backyard, waiting to be explored. As you browse the site, you’ll find tips and tricks for navigating the outdoors, recommendations and reviews on places to visit, information about what kinds of gear you might need, and stories from people just like you who have decided to #EmbraceTheEscape!”
7. Cream City ConservationVisit Cream City Conservation >>>
“Despite consensus from the “green community” that the advancement of our work is dependant on having a diverse representation of voices present, the environmental industry remains racially homogenous. While we have made great progress in terms of gender diversity, we have yet to move the needle on equity and inclusion of people of color. For over a decade, through partnerships with local and national organizations, we have helped engage thousands of Milwaukee youth and young adults in hands-on service to the land. From public green space revitalization to privately contracted invasive species removal, watershed management, green infrastructure and trail work: We are making a difference on the land and in lives. Whether you need us to identify youth stewards for your project or develop your existing group into environmental leaders, our success is credited to strong community partnerships and a deep understanding of racial equity and youth development pedagogy. We believe that because the problem is not one dimensional, the solution must be multifaceted. We work with fellow environmental and community based organizations to increase their capacity to understand and navigate conversations around diversity, cultivate inclusive work cultures and identify strategies that promote financial stability, cultural relevance and sustainability of their organizations”
Anthony Iracki, CPRP
Anthony Iracki is an award-winning Park and Recreation professional, speaker, podcaster, and author from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having worked in the field since the age of 16 he is passionate about community engagement, innovative programming, and equity. Alongside his commitment to his community, he is active in the growth and development of Park and Recreation professionals and agencies through volunteer work, network leadership positions, speaking engagements, podcasting, and authoring articles related to the field.