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, in 2020 Park Chasers joined 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 feature and focus 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.
DIVERSE NPS ORGANIZATIONS WE'VE SUPPORTED IN THE PAST:
Diverse NPS: Indigenous Environmental Network
It’s a brand new month, which means we’re posting another segment in our Diverse NPS series. During the month of April, we are highlighting the
DiverseNPS: Outdoor Afro
As we continue February and Black History Month, we’re sharing another installment in our community effort to showcase organizations promoting social justice and more inclusive
DiverseNPS: Latino Outdoors
We’re only 10 days into the new year and already looking forward to getting on the road for new adventures. Taking a break from trip
DiverseNPS – Big City Mountaineers
It’s the start of a new month and we’re continuing our ongoing community effort to showcase organizations that promote social justice, diversity, and more inclusive
DiverseNPS: Greening Youth Foundation
A little later this month, but not too late to post another installment in our DiverseNPS initiative. During the month of October, we are highlighting
It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time to post another segment in our Diverse NPS series. September marks one year since
Diverse NPS – Melanin Base Camp
Continuing our initiative to highlight organizations that promote more inclusiveness on public lands and strive to make the outdoors more accessible to everyone, in August,
Diverse NPS: Wilderness Inquiry
As we open another month, we’re sharing another installment in our community effort to showcase organizations promoting social justice and more inclusive access to public
Diverse NPS: The Venture Out Project
Cruising right into June and the busy summer travel season. It’s a brand new month, which means we’re posting another segment in our Diverse NPS
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
Diverse NPS: Camp Founder Girls
So many exciting feelings as we transition into spring. The weather here is shaping up; we’re back to traveling again, and we’re ready to share a
Diverse NPS: Love Is King
During the month of March, we’re continuing to work alongside several other outdoor industry and national park-related content creators, to feature a new non-profit organization.
We’re exciting to be kicking off February’s Black History Month with another addition to our DiverseNPS series. As part of our ongoing commitment to ending
Diverse NPS: The Memorial Foundation
Is it just us, or does it feel really good to finally see 2021? Today we’re kicking off the new year and a new month
Diverse NPS: Youth Opportunities Program
With so much anxiety and stress leading up to election week, we’re glad to be taking a break to put some good news in the
Diverse NPS: The Charles Roundtree Bloom Project
As 2020 continues with so many changes and so much uncertainty, we know we can look to the outdoors for stability and respite. A group
Diverse NPS: Soul Trak Outdoors
SOUL TRAK OUTDOORS Not long after the civil unrest began in our Twin Cities community, a group of our fellow park enthusiasts and advocates joined
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