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CONSERVATION
Volunteers from the Hi-Fairnesse
Girls Club and TeamCITGO assist
with installing plants on the
StoryWalk® trail.
Engaging the Next
Generation of Stewards
Approaching volunteer and outreach programs
through an equity lens
By Michele White and Sara Jose
B
lack, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities have
a rich history of connection to the outdoors, and for centuries
have been on the front lines of community-driven work to build
a better planet. However, for decades, racist policies and practices
have led to biased decisions about where parks are placed, where toxic waste
sites are located, what lands are preserved or degraded, and whose experiences
and voices are valued. As a result, BIPOC communities have been denied equal
access to outdoor spaces and subjected to toxic environments.
NRPA believes everyone should
have a meaningful and beneficial
connection to nature that not
only brings joy, but also creates a
lasting connection to the outdoors.
Being intentional about how we
work with and within communities
of color will shape the relationship
those communities have with us,
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our parks and the planet. Asking
ourselves the hard questions, centering
BIPOC communities' needs
and interests, and having the humility
to adapt are key to ensuring that
parks remain places of community
gathering and pride.
Community involvement is crucial
to the success of our parks, provid|
PARK S ANDRECRE AT ION . OR G
ing assistance in establishing, maintaining
and conducing outreach for
parks. Through NRPA research, we
know that most community groups
that assist with these efforts generally
skew older, whiter and wealthier than
the community as a whole. But communities
of color and young people
are passionate about the environment
and often are at the forefront of finding
solutions to some of our most
pressing environmental issues. So,
why don't we see greater participation
that reflects these communities?
To help, NRPA, with support
from Citgo Petroleum Corporation
and
Scotts
Miracle-Gro
Foundation,
created the resource:
Engaging Diverse Groups in Building
Community Resiliency Through
Stewardship. Corpus Christi (Texas)
Parks and Recreation's Oso
Bay Wetlands Preserve staff piloted
the resource during its development
in spring 2021.
The Corpus Christi population is
63 percent Hispanic or Latino, but
PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA JOSE

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