Nature for All: Engaging Underrepresented Communities in the Outdoors
August 10, 2021

For over 25 years, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has coordinated National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for America's public lands.

In an effort to diversify the types of audiences engaged during the annual National Public Lands Day celebration, NEEF has partnered with three organizations that are focused on connecting people to nature. Given the organization's strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, NEEF is extremely excited to join with groups that are focused on working with people from communities that are often underrepresented in the outdoor space—the Spanish-speaking, Disability, and LGBTQ+ communities.


Join us for the Nature for All: Engaging Underrepresented Communities in the Outdoors webinar series!

  • Engaging Spanish-speaking Communities in the Outdoors
    Felipe Benitez, Executive Director & Founder of Corazón Latino will discusses present and historical barriers to outdoor access for Spanish-speaking communities and provides best practices for engaging these communities in outdoor events such as National Public Lands Day. 

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  • Engaging Disability Communities in the Outdoors
    Ambika Rajyagor, Co-Founder of Disabled & Outdoors discusses critical issues impacting accessibility on public lands, giving participants a better understanding of how to increase physical access on public lands while ensuring these sites feel inclusive and welcoming to all people regardless of ability.

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  • Honor Native Lands: A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgements
    NEEF is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) to offer guidance on Indigenous Land Acknowledgements for National Public Lands Day. In support of the guide, we welcomed the USDAC team for a roundtable discussion on the history and practice of land acknowledgments, step-by-step instructions for how to begin wherever you are, and tips for moving beyond acknowledgment into action.
    Speakers: USDAC team: Amelia Winger-Bearskin (#HonorNativeLand Innovator), Brienne Colston (Co-Director of Community Healing and Transformation), Jaclyn Roessel (Director of Decolonized Futures & Radical Dreams), and Jordan Seaberry (Co-Director of Power and Possibility)

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NPLD Partners

  • Corazón Latino: A national non-profit organization that seeks to generate social, environmental, and conservation initiatives that foster natural resource stewardship. They focus on engaging underrepresented communities through innovative, culturally relevant, and linguistically appropriate tools and programs. 
  • Disabled & Outdoors: Started in 2018 as an Instagram page for members of the Disability community to share their experiences, challenges, and successes while spending time in the outdoors, Disabled & Outdoors has grown to more than 6,000 followers. They currently work to make the outdoors more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities.
  • Pride Outside: A nationwide group working to promote relevant, inclusive opportunities outdoors for the LGBTQ+ community.
  • U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC): The USDAC is a people-powered department — a grassroots action network inciting creativity to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.

Thanks to our partners at Toyota for supporting these events.