Mission Statement: We bring cultura into the outdoor narrative and connect Latino communities and leadership with nature and outdoor experiences.
We connect familias and youth with nature, engage and inspire Latino leadership, empower communities to explore and share their stories in defining the Latino Outdoors identity.
Our vision is that the diversity of the Latino identity is connected with the diversity of outdoor experiences, and we are active stewards and advocates for our natural spaces, sharing our stories and empowering the next generation of Latino leadership in the outdoors.
About: Latino Outdoors is the first national Latino-led organization of its kind. We are working to create a national community of leaders in conservation and outdoor education. As part of this work, we are focused on expanding and amplifying the Latino experience in the outdoors; providing greater opportunities for leadership, mentorship, professional opportunities and serving as a platform for sharing cultural connections and narratives that are often overlooked by the traditional outdoor movement. It is a space for the community to be present, share their voices, and showcase how conservation roots have been ingrained in Latino cultura for generations.
The need: The Latino population is the fastest growing demographic in the United States. They are also among the most underrepresented groups in conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental education organizations. In a short period Latino Outdoors has expanded from a California based organization to an international volunteer movement. The original model is easily replicable and allows the individual to include their unique passions in each location and at each event. Through this network, volunteer leaders support each other in leading responsible recreation, providing mentoring activities to youth, expanding outdoor access through experiential experiences, and partnering with other organizations for supplemental education components.
Everyone is welcome regardless of race, language and ethnicity! We exist to celebrate culture and to support Latino community engagement and leadership in the outdoors, not to exclude anyone.