February is Black History Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the meaningful contributions African Americans have made to our history and society. We are highlighting and recognizing leaders in parks, the outdoors, and education across our social media platforms. These groups and individuals are changing the face of the outdoors. The National Park Service turned 100 years last year however, African Americans only represent seven percent of park visitors. To learn more about the ongoing movement to diversify our national parks click here. Below are organizations that have been an integral part of the movement. Follow the links to read about the organizations’ mission and to access resources.
H.E.A.T.(Hiking Every Available Trail)- A social, recreation and fitness group meant to encourage more people to get outside.
Outdoor Afro– A non-profit organization dedicated to connecting black people with nature and the outdoors.
African American Explorations– A blog where community members can share their experience in National Parks and other outdoor spaces.
Carolyn Finney– Author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors” and advisory board member of the U.S. National Parks Service.