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Diversity Resources in the Outdoors, Science, & Environmental Justice

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  • The Wilderness Society's "Public Lands in the US" curriculum. The "Public Lands in the United States" curriculum aims to build connections between people and America's natural landscapes, which are visited by millions of people each year to relax, engage in ceremonial activities, recreate, connect with nature and escape the stresses of everyday life. Beyond that, TWS wants people to have a complete and accurate understanding of the history and context surrounding these places and the movement to protect public lands. TWS especially wants to reinforce the knowledge that the public lands we love today were once Indigenous lands, and that the actions taken to "conserve" them have sometimes been exclusionary, insensitive or engineered to benefit only a privileged few.
  • Zinn Education Project: The goal of the Zinn Education Project is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. The empowering potential of studying U.S. history is often lost in a textbook-driven trivial pursuit of names and dates. People's history materials and pedagogy emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history. Students learn that history is made not by a few heroic individuals, but instead by people's choices and actions, thereby also learning that their own choices and actions matter. ZEP believes that by taking a more engaging and more honest look at the past, we can help equip students with the analytical tools to make sense of - and improve - the world today.
  • Underrepresentation Curriculum Project: modular, student-centered curriculum designed to examine & address equity and inclusion in science.
  • *FEE for screeening* Global Environmental Justice Documentaries Collection: 25 documentaries and teacher guides.

Giving Voices to Diversity in Outdoor Adventures

Podcast Series

  • Diona Reese Williams's Black in Nature Series [also on Spotify]
  • Abolition Science, exploring science & math and their relationship to colonialism, resistance, education, and liberation.

Webinars on Environmental Justice

Resources on Environmental Justice

Organizations Involved with Environmental Justice

Local & State

National & International

Science Educators Working Toward Diversity


Populations Using Public Lands

  1. USDA's US Forest Service Rocky Mtn Research Station. Science You Can Use Bulletin May/June 2018 Issue 30: Recreating in Color: Promoting Ethnic Diversity in Public Lands
  2. Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, Sportfish Restoration, & Responsive Management. Actionable Strategies for Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation. Grant Number F18AP00165. 2020.