The LGBTQ Outdoor Summit is BACK!

If you’ve been a listener, reader, or She Explores community member for a while, Elyse Rylander’s name might ring a bell. Her voice and mission-driven work as founder and executive director of OUT There Adventures were featured in Episode 86: Nature as a Disruptive Force for Queer Youth (and revisited in Episode 193: WorldPride). She is also a co-founder of the LGBTQ Outdoor Summit alongside Hannah Malvin of Pride Outside.

We’re happy to share that after two long years since the last event in 2019, the LGBTQ Outdoor Summit is back!

Coming this April 1-4, 2022 at the National Conservation Training Center in Sheperdstown, West Virginia on Massawomeck Ancestral Land, here’s a little more about what to expect from this year’s event:

From the co-founders:

“In the past, our Summits have focused on connecting attendees to one another while also providing fun and engaging workshops on everything from dismantling systemic barriers within larger institutions to nature journaling with a Queer twist. For the fourth LGBTQ Outdoor Summit we are taking a slightly different approach. The 2022 Summit will focus on two main concepts: connection and joy… 

You can expect an event full of time to reflect, share our joys and our pain, be in connection with the natural world as well as with each other, and hopefully some space too heal in whatever way is most significant to you.”


To cultivate connections, build community and inspire leaders from across the outdoor industry and beyond to create more accessible and affirming ways for the LGBTQ community to get OUTside.


  1. Provide an affirming space to represent the LGBTQ Community’s unique barriers, needs and wants as they pertain to getting outside.
  2. Offer leaders, organizations and companies the opportunity to come together in creating a common dialogue with the LGBTQ Community and solutions to access issues.
  3. To increase engagement of LGBTQ individuals across all facets of the industry.
  4. To further the missions of the organizations, agencies and companies already engaged in reducing barriers for the LGBTQ Community to get outside.
  5. Engage in more nuanced dialogue that recognizes the vast diversity of experiences and identities within the LGBTQ community.

Learn More & Register

Find more information including the event agenda, facilitators, and link to registration by heading to


Editor’s note: We’re not affiliated with or supported by the Summit or either hosting organization—but we love sharing about events, projects, and people in our Spotlight section that we’re excited about & think our community will enjoy. 

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