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virtual volunteer events also provide an ideal opportunity to engage diverse audiences. The nature of virtual volunteer events offers a low-barrier way to engage people
from communities of color, members of the LGBTQ+
community and other groups that are often underrepresented on public lands. Following are real-world examples of two innovative virtual NPLD events that specifically impacted diverse communities:
Bringing the Outdoors to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Communities - Latino Outdoors
(Fresno Region) hosted a virtual tour of the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area (Mono Basin) located
in Lee Vining, California, to celebrate NPLD 2020. The
event highlighted the unique landscape and prominent
features of the area. While the Mono Basin historically
attracts upwards of 200,000 visitors a year, social and
economic disparities have long limited the accessibility
for BIPOC communities. While in normal years it is difficult, even impossible, for many BIPOC folks to visit a
remote and beautiful destination, such as the Mono Basin, COVID-19 has further limited travel and economic
resources, giving even more reason to highlight the lack
of access to public lands. While this event was open to all
people, Latino Outdoors' outreach efforts were directed
at members of the Latino community and members of
other communities underrepresented in the outdoor recreation space. Latino Outdoors partnered with staff from
the Mono Lake Committee and other local experts from
the region to provide accurate and informative ecological
information about the area. The overall goal of this event
was to " bring the outdoors " to BIPOC communities and
provide opportunities for meaningful community engagement and environmental education.
Virtual Group Cycling With Diverse Leaders - In
celebration of NPLD, the Adventure Cycling Association
(ACA) hosted a series of virtual bike rides that brought together people from different corners of the United States
for " group rides " through iconic public land sites. In total, nearly 20 " group rides " occured across the country on
NPLD. To help reach a larger and more diverse audience,
ACA chose to have each group ride led by people from
underrepresented communities - Black, Indigenous,
Latino, LGBTQ+ or people with disabilities. Each event
leader was asked to engage at least three people from their
community to join the group ride. ACA provided small
stipends to each group leader to be used in any way that
helped them organize their event. The purpose of this series of events was to highlight bicycle travel experiences
of people from underrepresented communities and give
	

them an opportunity to enjoy the adventure and camaraderie of a bicycle journey in an environment that is welcoming, and with a ride leader who they can identify with.

Extending the Reach of Public
Lands With Virtual Volunteering
The rise of virtual volunteering has opened new pathways
for all segments of the U.S. population to engage with
public lands and waters without leaving home. While
in-person volunteering always will be in high demand,
the increased use of technology has made virtual volunteering an emerging trend. Many people who search for
virtual volunteer opportunities are looking for volunteer
opportunities that they can complete at home or work.
This may be due to time constraints, personal preference,
disability or because they do not feel comfortable volunteering in person. By their very nature, virtual events can
help eliminate these barriers to participation and help
land management agencies reach new people.
Tony Richardson is Director of Public Lands Engagement for the
National Environmental Education Foundation (trichardson@
neefusa.org).

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