Diversity hasn’t exactly been a strong point in the outdoors industry. But people of color (POC) outdoor clubs and groups are working hard to make sure that changes. Even in a COVID-19 world, these organizations are encouraging American people of color to get into nature.
Nurturing Appreciation of Beautiful Outdoor Places
According to the National Park Service, only 10 percent of Latinos and 7 percent of Black Americans experience America’s outdoor treasures. The U.S. Forest Service reports similar visitation numbers:
Blacks or African Americans, who make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, accounted for about 1 percent of national forest visits in 2010. Hispanics or Latinos, who make up about 17 percent of the U.S. population, accounted for less than 7 percent.” — Recreating in color: Promoting ethnic diversity in public lands
Why outdoor groups for people of color (POC) are important.
Not everyone grows up camping, hiking and playing outside. POC outdoor groups build links to nature. They are an important stepping stone into the mental and physical benefits of outdoor recreation. And when more people appreciate beautiful, wild, places, those special places are valued and protected.
America’s Outdoor Destinations Depend on Diverse People
Whatever your ethnic heritage or race, please support these PC outdoor clubs and organizations. You can inspire people of color to camp, RV, hike, fish and do other outdoorsy activities. Their enjoyment is vital for our country. A long list of POC outdoor clubs and groups for multi-cultural RVers are working hard right now. Help make sure visitors to America’s outdoor recreation destinations represent the country’s population as a whole.
A Short List of POC Outdoor Clubs and Groups
Support the work of people of color outdoor clubs and groups. When you do, you support special places everyone likes to go RVing. Get started with this short list of national organizations. If I missed your favorites, comment below and I will add them to this list.
Outdoor Afro is the nation’s biggest network to celebrate and inspire black connections and leadership in nature. The group has about 80 leaders in 30 states from around the country. They connect thousands of people to outdoor experiences and conservation.
This group was founded by Ambreen Tariq, a a South Asian, Muslim-American, immigrant woman. @BrownPeopleCamping is a social media initiative. It highlights personal narratives and digital storytelling. Their goal? To promote greater diversity in public lands and the outdoors community.
With national and regional rallies around the US, the North Carolina-based NAARVA organizes family-friendly RV gatherings and activities. The group promotes a clean, safe environment for black RV enthusiasts who love the outdoors to have fun building life-long lasting friendships.
The Boulder, Colorado group brings Native women together. They share stories, support each other, and learn from one another. Together, they explore and celebrate the wilderness and native lands. Native Women’s Wilderness was founded by Jaylyn Gough, a member of the Diné (Navajo) Tribe in New Mexico.
This D.C. based nonprofit connects communities of color to outdoor spaces. They are also building a coalition of diverse outdoor leaders. The group has programs for youth, college students and adults. Soul Trak Outdoors hosts group outings where participants hike, paddle, climb, and zipline. You can support their fun gatherings that promote outdoor learning and leadership.
Outdoor Asian is a group of Asian & Pacific Islanders (API) who love the outdoors. Trips, outings and workshops inspire Asians to get into nature. Along the way, members share stories and histories of their communities. Together they reflect on relationships with ecology and nature.
Brown Folks Fishing is a full-fledged national organization with over 30,000 fans and followers. The group is committed to diversity in American fishing. Through their Angling for All Pledge Campaign, the group raises awareness, and builds scholarships for new anglers. BFF is creating local projects in fishing recreation and conservation improvements.
Latino Outdoors is creating a world where all Latino communities can enjoy nature as a safe, inclusive, and welcoming place. Group outings and events are held regularly. The gatherings make the outdoors a place to share and celebrate stories, knowledge, and culture.
Black RVer Facebook Groups
Facebook is a popular place for people of color outdoor clubs and groups. Some of the most active are these active RV groups for black people:
Black RVers, a new but growing community for nomadic black people who full-time or part-time. Enjoy the RV life style in all types of RVs for all types of adventures.
Black People Camp Too, seeks to connect like minded Black Campers to share experiences good or bad. Suggest great places to go and not so great places. Currently over 3,000 members are asking questions and sharing pictures of RV destinations. Create nomadic friendships across the country.
African-American’s That RV & Camp (AARVC), a group with over 2,300 members sharing information and experiences in the RV lifestyle.
Are you are a person of color? Please don’t keep your love for the outdoors all to yourself. It’s time to your story. Inspire people of color to get outside. Comment below and tell us about your favorite POC clubs, groups and camping tips. We want to hear about it.
Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.