Our Work

Latino Outdoors began with a simple question:

 

Where are the Latino-led organizations with conservation and the environment as a primary focus?

 

Thinking about the role we can play in the leadership of this field, we are working on four categories:

We ENGAGE in numerous outdoor activities for Latino communities of all ages and generations, including bilingual and Spanish speaking groups led by our volunteer staff.

We SERVE as a platform for sharing cultural connections and narratives through writing, video and stories.

We SUPPORT networks of Latino outdoor and environmental education professionals, foster community for mutual support, professional development, references, and other opportunities.

Finally, we INSPIRE youth to follow in the profession and attract other talent and expertise to the field.

2 comment on “Our Work

  1. Bryce Winter Reply

    Hello,

    I am the program manager for the Ventana Wilderness Alliance’s Youth in Wilderness program. We provide multi-day wilderness experiences for youth in the Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula region. Our mission is to inspire, educate and motivate future generations of California’s wilderness advocates and stewards.

    I saw your blog post on the REI website. I’m curious to connect with you all since my program primarily serves latino youth. I was recently engaged with the Youth Outside Rising Leader’s Fellowship in the Oakland area. A big theme of their work is “cultural relevancy” in outdoor programming. One way my organization addresses this issue is by getting latino people in positions of leadership within our program. Before I had heard the term “cultural relevancy” my understanding of what we were trying to do with our program was introduce people who might not have a relationship with wilderness areas in their region in order to facilitate the cultural relevancy of our public lands, vestiges of clean air, water and habitat for wild animals as well as places of respite and spiritual renewal. I know that latino communities already have connections with public land and spaces, but also recognize that people of color in general do not necessarily see themselves or their communities represented in outdoor recreation pursuits such as backpacking. We are trying to help change that paradigm by providing the opportunities and experiences that we do. So anyways, I hope this serves as an introduction and can perhaps facilitate a dialogue around cultural relevancy and backpacking. I’d be curious to hear your perspectives.

    Thanks for reading!

  2. Andrew Seeley Reply

    Hey there! Heard many good things about Latinos outdoors. A few buddies of mine are involved, and I too would love to engage and inspire others with fellow latinos. Let me know when I can become a part of such a great group.

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