Oakland, “Just Green Enough” is Not Enough!

Last May, I welcomed advocates from all over the world to the Children & Nature Network’s International Conference which was held right here in Oakland. In my speech, I challenged the attendees to “radically imagine what our movement can be: intentionally more equitable and inclusive. Let’s recognize the relationships that all cultures have with the … Read more

A New “Outdoors” Chapter in Black History

Last month, we celebrated Black History Month. I believe that Black History Month happens every month for me as I think about the shoulders that I stand on to engage in the work at the intersection of racial equity, inclusion and the outdoors. As the “official” month of Black History was underway, I found myself … Read more

New Year: A Time to Cry Out

New Year: A Time to Cry Out

The calendar tells us it is a new year. With the simple act of turning the page on a calendar, we both become aware of the passage of time and pin hope to the newness of the time.   As I sit in my own personal reflection, I find myself thinking about the sermon that … Read more

#DifficultTerrain: When Little Changes Are Huge

#DifficultTerrain: When Little Changes Are Huge

A few weeks ago, we held our fall event which showcased young leaders in the environmental and outdoor fields (Irwin Perez, Sofia Pablo-Hoshino and Valerie Lee) who shared their personal stories about how connecting with nature early on shaped their career choices. Valerie Lee was one of our panelists. She participated in our Rising Leaders … Read more

The Urgent Need to Show Up

The Urgent Need to Show Up

“When I have a little more time to clear my head I’m going to write a longer piece about being pulled over in the National Park while I was driving a van full of Black women down the mountain after experiencing a magical hike together. I’m going to tell you about the park police officer … Read more

Thank you for showing up at our event!

On behalf of everyone at Justice Outside, we want to share our heartfelt appreciation for those of you who came out to our October 23rd event, A Generation of Hope and Change. We hope that you left feeling as inspired by the amazing speakers as we did! (Share on Facebook) The stories they shared about … Read more

#DifficultTerrain: Stories of Summer

#DifficultTerrain: Stories of Summer

Stories of Summer It’s time for young people to return to school and inevitably, they will be asked – by teachers and peers – about their summer. What did you do this summer? Tell me a story about your summer break…. Will those stories include meaningful experiences outside? Did these youth go for a hike, spend … Read more

Diversity – The Dangerous 9-Letter Umbrella

Diversity: The Dangerous 9-Letter Umbrella Diversity. This word is constantly used among the groups working in our space. Think about it. Calls for more diversity are everywhere. We need to increase diversity in the outdoors. We need more diverse staff in national parks. We need environmental groups to increase the diversity of their boards and … Read more

Introducing #DifficultTerrain

Introducing #DifficultTerrain

 Bringing Equity and Inclusion into the Sunlight It’s finally June – the official beginning of summer. It’s the month of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and a time to celebrate and honor our connection to the sun and to the earth. For many children, it’s a time to reconnect with the outdoors. School is out … Read more