Diverse NPS - Get Out Stay Out

Diverse NPS: Get Out Stay Out – Vamos Afuera

Not sure about the weather where you are, but things are finally pointing toward Spring here. We just want to be outside right now.  Which is a lovely way to kick of the month of May (and a good intro into our May 2021 feature organization Get Out Stay Out – Vamos Afuera.  As part of our ongoing commitment to ending systemic racism and changing the inequilities that exist in outdoor spaces, we’re joining with others in supporting and lifting up organizations dedicated to bridging the race gap in outdoor spaces.  Check out today’s post describing the DiverseNPS initiative and our May featured organization Get Out Stay Out – Vamos Afuera.

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As outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of America’s parks, we’ve experienced the benefits of connecting with nature and our diverse landscapes. From city parks where we can get a taste of green amid cemented city blocks, to recharging strolls and hikes in the millions of acres of our state parks, to treks and climbs in the breathtaking landscapes in our national parks, the chance to be in nature is an experience we hold invaluable.

Undoubtedly, our lands should be enjoyed by all of us, but when we look into who is getting access to our lands, we see alarmingly disproportionate statistics that highlight a gap between race and park visitations. When we examine the reasons why these gaps are present—access, education, resources, discrimination and prejudice—we understand that systemic racism in our country is the major contributor to these disappointing disproportions.

In the National Park System, for example, Black Americans make up about 7 percent of visitors, while they are 13 percent of the U.S. population. Moreover, 78 percent of visitors are White.

The end of the Jim Crow era in 1968, showcases that Black American generations have only recently gained the freedom and liberty to move around this country. Still today, minorities face prejudice and discrimination within our outdoor spaces and, often, cannot safely and comfortably enjoy outdoor recreation.

AS PARK ENTHUSIASTS AND ADVOCATES OF SPENDING TIME IN NATURE, WE ARE COMMITTED TO ADDRESSING RACISM WITHIN OUR INDUSTRY.​

To do so, we are taking action to use our platforms to contribute to the progress that is much needed within the outdoor space and community.

As a part of this community, Park Chasers will join with others in highlighting organizations that are dedicated to bridging the race gap in the outdoor space by connecting opportunities and experiences to people of color.

Each month, we are featuring and focusing on one organization, with the intent to showcase their hard work, raise awareness and support them through funding and donations. We’ll share monthly articles and social media posts along with links for how you can donate.

THIS MONTH'S ORGANIZATION:

Get Out Stay Out - Vamos Afuera

Get Out Stay Out Mission

“Get Out Stay Out/Vamos Afuera is a grassroots, Central Coast nonprofit, that invites Indigenous Migrant youth to run, play, and discover themselves in the natural environment. Through equitable and culturally sensitive, outdoor programming GOSO believes the natural environment provides the perfect tools needed for youth to build self-confidence, develop leadership skills, and build community."
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During the month of May we’re be sharing the work of an outdoor organization,Get Out Stay Out / Vamos Afuera. 

Serving communities in Central California, GOSO is committed to increasing diversity and representation for people of color within the outdoor industry, and especially for kids and youth of indigenous backgrounds.

Their organization believes that outdoor recreation provides the tools to build self-confidence, develop leadership skills, and the opportunity to build community.

Website: http://vamosafuera.org

Instagram: @getout.stayout

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/getoutstayoutnonprofit

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT A MORE DIVERSE NPS?

DONATE

Organizations like Get Out Stay Out – Vamos Afuera rely on private donations now more than ever to sustain the work that they do to increase access to the outdoors for everyone.  Consider joining us in making a contribution this month to Vamos Afuera or another organization centered on diversity and inclusion in the outdoors.

COMMITTED TO ORGANIZATIONS LIKE:  Get Out Stay Out

Want to find more information about organizations like Get Out Stay Out in your community?  To see a full overview of organizations we have supported through the Diverse NPS feature stories, follow the link below. In this document, you can find information about what organizations like Get Out Stay Out are doing and how you can donate to them directly.

HAVE AN ORGANIZATION WE CAN HIGHLIGHT?

We have also created a submission form if you know of an organization who’s doing the work to make the outdoors more diverse and inclusive. If you want to see them supported, please submit via the form below:
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