09. January 2018 - 18:30 till 20:00
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Equity & Inclusion in Green Spaces | Midwest Mountaineering | Tuesday, 09. January 2018

As the National Parks Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, a long overdue, national dialogue has emerged surrounding the underrepresentation of people of color in green spaces. Parks, nature centers, wilderness camps, resorts, and outdoor retailers are working hard to reach people of all backgrounds, but change can't seem to come quickly enough, and many people are simply unaware of the inequities that have kept people of color from fully engaging in the outdoors as an option for recreation and relaxation.

Jessica Ostrov is an educator, activist, and mother. As a member of the Outreach and Inclusion committee for YMCA Camp du Nord, a family camp near Ely, MN, Jessica has been a key contributor to outreach initiatives aimed at connecting families from underrepresented communities with wilderness experiences. Join her during this evening for a workshop that will explore questions such as:

- Why is it critical to engage all people in the great outdoors?
- What factors have contributed to the current statistics?
- How can people already comfortable in nature become agents of change?
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