Host Gabaccia Moreno is our guide in exploring the unique relationships girls and young women of color have with the natural world and outdoor recreation. Through the voices and stories of leaders and participants from diverse outdoor organizations doing the work to help young people of color thrive in the outdoors, this four-part audio miniseries will highlight the joy, connection, and community these girls find in nature, as well as the importance of organizations doing the work to expand outdoor opportunities.
We want to stress that when we say this series highlights women and girls of color, this is inclusive of all cis and trans women and girls, as well as folks of all gender identities who feel comfortable in spaces that center women. That said, for the most part, when we talk about gender we most often do so in terms of those who are socialized as girls and women in a more heteronormative, binary way.
We’ve been hard at work on this 4-part miniseries, talking to leaders and instructors at organizations that are helping to break down barriers to expand outdoor opportunities and facilitate community in the outdoors for BIPOC youth and women. We’re also including stories and reflections submitted from women of color in the outdoor community and beyond.
Mark your calendars – the whole series drops on December 18th, 2020 on the She Explores podcast feed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
About the host:
Gabaccia is a first-generation Mexican-American multi-disciplinary creator, consultant, and passionate outdoor advocate #ExploringResponsibly wherever life takes her. Having grown up in Veracruz, Mexico to a family of hunters and ranchers gave her an appreciation for the land and its wildlife at an early age, one that prevails today. Her works, whether artistic, creative, or entrepreneurial, have always intersected with the social and environmental issues that surround her.
About the Organizations Highlighted:
Brown Girl Surf works to build a more diverse, environmentally reverent, and joyful women’s surf culture by increasing access to surfing, cultivating community, amplifying the voices of women of color surfers, and taking care of the earth.
Young Women Who Crush is a climbing and leadership development program that provides opportunities for high school girls in NYC to experience the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of rock climbing.
The Charles Roundtree Bloom Project provides healing-centered outdoor experiences and culturally relevant environmental education for youth of incarcerated parents in San Antonio, Texas. The Bloom Project helps youth develop healing practices by reconnecting them with nature through experiences like meditative hikes, camping, community gardening, and healing circles.
Women’s Wilderness shares the gifts of the wilderness with people of all colors, backgrounds, sizes, gender identities, and experience levels. Our specialty is helping girls and women become their strongest, best selves while providing solid instruction in wilderness travel and outdoor skills.
About The Cairn Project:
For girls and young women, The Cairn Project expands outdoor access by supporting community-based wilderness and outdoor education groups around the country through a small grants program. For women, they’re bringing together a community that is inspired to catalyze outdoor passion into a force for good, share learning and stories, and raise the profile of women and girls in outdoor adventure.