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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 Rena Payan 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 landfills and
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.
Justice Outside - an organization
that advances racial justice and
equity in the outdoor and environmental
movement - believes in the
magic that happens when people
of all ages enjoy, explore or find
meaningful work in the outdoors. It
works hard to ensure that everyone
has access to this connection.
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Being intentional about how we
work with and within communities
of color will shape the relationship
those communities have with us,
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
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parks remain places of community
gathering and pride.
Community involvement is crucial
to the success of our parks, providing
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,
Justice
Outside and
NRPA partnered to create 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.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA JOSE

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