Websites and Blogs
African American Explorations (Teresa Baker)
Though out of date, an excellent read.
BOC is an organization tackling diversity in rock climbing. We believe there should be more inclusion, better representation, and a tighter community.
A coalition of social media influencers – bloggers, athletes, activists and entrepreneurs – who share the goal of promoting diversity in outdoor spaces where people of color, LGBTQIA, and other diverse identities have historically been underrepresented.
We began our simple Internet Bulletin Board in 1999 with a simple goal: to bring gay men, lesbians and their straight friends together to experience the incredible fun of outdoor adventure and to create an atmosphere that leads to life-long friendships. It all began in Boston, but before long, we started growing and attracting members from across the USA.
Pioneer a health movement for African-American women and girls grounded in civil rights history and principles through walking campaigns, community leadership, and health advocacy.
HECHO (Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hiking, and the Outdoors)
A group for Latinos, and others, who value our nation's public lands. We work to protect healthy watersheds, clean air, and robust wildlife habitats so that we can continue to enjoy and practice centuries-old cultural traditions that depend on these open spaces.
We inspire, connect, and engage Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.
Melanin Base Camp
Danielle Williams founded Melanin Base Camp in February 2016 in order to increase ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ participation in adventure sports.
Instagram sensation - the world's first and best known back-country queen.
A diverse and inclusive community featuring the underrepresented outdoorsperson. Big following and community on Instagram.
Venture Out Project
Run be queer people, for queer people. The Venture Out Project is committed to facilitating backpacking and wilderness trips for the queer and trans community in a safe and inclusive environment. They also provide comprehensive inclusion workshops for educators, adventure professionals, summer/day camps and more.
Sources for Military Members and Veterans
Hope For The Warriors’ Outdoor Adventures Program provides adaptive opportunities for wounded heroes to participate in sporting activities in the great outdoors. Service members, who previously embraced an outdoorsman lifestyle, as well as those new to traditional outdoor sports, are introduced to recreational opportunities on the road to recovery.
Warrior Expeditions provides veterans with everything they need to complete a long distance outdoor expedition at no cost to the veteran.
Located in Northwest Montana this first-a-kind 90+ acre facility is a “living monument” to wounded and disabled veterans of all generations. The ranch allows us to offer a host of truly unique outdoor recreational therapy programs.
The mission of Veterans Trek is to provide healthy outdoor and educational activities that allow the restorative powers of nature and Veteran peer support. Our nature-based programs provide both outdoor treks as well as employment and career options for Veterans seeking meaningful work in the natural environment.
Outward Bound For Veterans
Outward Bound for Veterans helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.
SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba)
The SUDS program is for service members wounded, ill and injured with a permanent physical disability requiring adaptation. The scuba training offered to the service members is a challenging and rewarding activity which can help facilitate the rehabilitation process and offers them an activity that they can enjoy for years to come.
A Traveling Translator - "I'm a Latina Who Hikes"
Blog post from a language-loving Latina and world traveler.
REI, by Aer Parris - "LGBTQ+, Adventurers, In Their Own Words"
Talked to more than 30 LGBTQ+ adventurers to get a sense of their lives in the great outdoors. Asked each to describe, in their own words, their identity, what the outdoors means to them, and how their identity and outdoor recreation overlaps or clashes.