Tips & Tools June 6, 2023
5 Ways to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive
By, Meg Birmingham
As we get into summer it’s the ideal time to get outside to enjoy what the great outdoors have to offer but “according to the most recent National Parks Service survey, about 78 percent of those who visit federal parks are white. Meanwhile, African Americans, Latinos, women, and members of the LGBTQ community often report feeling unwelcome or unsafe in outdoor spaces. Moreover, the outdoors industry workforce—which includes everyone from park rangers to retail sales associates—has minimal representation from these groups. The consequences of this separation from nature are many: A generation of adults and young people don’t enjoy the tens of thousands of parks, hiking trails, and camping sites around the country”. As citizens we can advocate for a more inclusive outdoors by following these tips.