Racism in the Outdoors: Resources

American Hiking Society believes that the outdoors should be a place of healing and enjoyment for all. Our mission, 'empowering ALL to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience' will never be fulfilled until systemic racism is erased and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are safe and welcome outside, have equitable access to quality natural spaces, and equitable employment and leadership opportunities in the outdoor industry. We resolve, every day, to re-commit to doing what we can as American Hiking to root out racism in the outdoors.

We have a lot of work to do as an organization to further inform ourselves and we are constantly learning about how to be a better, more effective ally. We are educating ourselves and sharing some of the resources that we have found informative and that might help us all become more aware and prepared to be an effective ally in the outdoors. We also encourage you to follow and support organizations led by people of color on social media and are compiling a list of suggestions. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, we welcome additional suggestions, and we plan to continue to update this page. Entries are alphabetized by title.

Reading Material:


Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors - Carolyn Finney

Dispossessing the Wilderness - Mark Spence

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: 26 Ways (& More) to be an Ally in the Outdoor Industry - Marinel M. de Jesus

Engage, Connect, Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders - Angelou Ezeilo

Public Lands in the United States: A Curriculum - The Wilderness Society and The Avarna Group

The Melanin Basecamp Guide to Outdoor Allyship - Danielle Williams

The Rise of the American Conservation Movement - Dorceta Taylor

The Unbearable Whiteness of Hiking and How to Solve It - Lornett Vestal and Matthew Nichols

Outdoor Organizations and People to Support:

We welcome additional suggestions, and we plan to continue to update this page.

Please email additional suggestions to: [email protected]