Learning centered on equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (EDIJA) is an ongoing process because of the cyclical nature of learning and unlearning as we encounter new perspectives, concepts, and challenges to our own perspectives. This list of resources should help you on your journey towards creating equitable and inclusive outdoor school programming.
Please note that the resources provided here are a reflection of the identities and associated privileges of those curating these resources -- this list is by no means complete. This is a living collection and as we learn more about different identities and the barriers they face and opportunities they have access to, the better we are able to critically question and analyze how we invite others to engage in our programming. If there’s a need for a particular resource or another type of support, please feel free to contact us with your questions and requests.
Allyship in Action
Allyship in Action is a collaborative of Central Oregon consultants committed to advancing equity and social justice through an anti-racist and intersectional lens.
The Avarna Group
A diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm that provides learning experiences, assessments, implementation planning, mentorship and coaching, intentional convenings, and resources.
Basic Rights Oregon
Basic Rights Oregon works to ensure that all LGBTQ Oregonians live free from discrimination and be treated with dignity and respect in every community in our state.
Center for Equity & Inclusion
Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI) is a specialized consulting agency focused on advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts within organizations, education systems and communities. It was born out of the increasing racial and economic disparities experienced in our communities, the perceived lack of a systemic approach to addressing these disparities, and a growing idea about a holistic solution.
Confluence connects you to the history, living cultures, and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. We are a community-supported nonprofit that works through six art landscapes, educational programs, and public gatherings in collaboration with Northwest tribes, communities, and the celebrated artist Maya Lin.
For more than 50 years, Education Northwest has partnered with schools, districts, communities, and other stakeholders to help all children and youth meet their full potential. We provide high-quality research, technical assistance, professional development, and evaluation services that address the most pressing education and youth-services needs in our region and across the country.
Gladys Ruiz Consulting
The Gladys Ruiz Consulting LLC., (GRC) is a consulting business focused on culturally relevant program design and youth workforce development that's responsive to community needs and leads with a racial equity lens. Engaging clients through the cultivation of equitable learning environments that focuses on understanding what it means to provide programs for multicultural audiences, Gladys meets clients where they are on their equity, diversity, and inclusion journey.
J.E.D.I. Heart is run by Marcelo Bonta, a conservation biologist turned equity facilitator who has worked at the intersection of the environmental movement and J.E.D.l. (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) work for over two decades. He is the co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Diversity & the Environment (CDE). He also co-founded the Environmental Professionals of Color network.
Oregon Center for Educational Equity
The Oregon Center for Educational Equity is a network of highly skilled, diverse facilitators and professional development leaders whose mission is to interrupt and transform current and systemic educational inequities to ensure all students have access to personalized, equitable and high performing schools that believe and demonstrate each student can, should and will succeed.
The AdvenChair is an all-terrain, human-powered vehicle that allows people with mobility challenges to experience the outdoors with greater accessibility.
Adventures Without Limits (AWL)
Adventures Without Limits provides access to outdoor adventure education to all people, regardless of their ability, social-economic status, gender, ethnicity, or age.
Empowering Access is a Disability Equity & Inclusion Consulting firm that is led by people from various disability communities.
Learning Landscapes Design Firm
Learning Landscapes designs intriguing natural play and learning environments for educational, park, and family destinations.
Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS)
Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) is the premier adaptive sports organization in the Pacific Northwest providing a range of year-round programs.
Green 2.0 is an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity across mainstream environmental NGOs, foundations, and governmental agencies. This group advocates for data transparency, accountability, and increased resources to ensure that these organizations increase their diversity. On this page, you will find research and reports on Racial Diversity in Environmental Organizations and Agencies.
Mass Action: Museum as Site for Social Action
The Minneapolis Institute of Art, in collaboration with stakeholders across the field, is creating a platform for public dialogues on a variety of topics and issues affecting our communities locally and globally, leading to actionable practices for greater equity and inclusion in our institutions.
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion eePro group
This professional learning community acts as a space to talk about embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion in environmental and outdoor education. This is a great space to share ideas and find ways to support one another or establish collaborations and connections. You don’t have to be a member of NAAEE to create an account and join.
The BEETLES Project
Equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance resources for outdoor science and environmental movements.
The Incluseum advances new ways of being a museum through dialogue, community building, and collaborative practice related to inclusion in museums. The vision is to build community, share research, and build “next practices” around inclusion and justice in museums.
The Nature Gap: Confronting Racial and Economic Disparities in the Destruction and Protection of Nature in America
Breaking Green Ceilings
A bi-weekly interview series that amplifies the voices of environmentalists from historically underrepresented communities including Disabled, Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, Latine/x, and people of color.
NPR podcast about Race and Identity run by journalists of color. This isn’t just the work they do. It’s the lives they lead. Sometimes, they’ll make you laugh. Other times, you’ll get uncomfortable. But, they’ll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with them.
People of Color in the Outdoor Community with José González, Founder & Director Emeritus of Latino Outdoors
African Americans in the Great Outdoors
Dr. Carolyn Finney talks about her book—Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. Her work bridges the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography. She argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces.
Recorded at the Museum of African American History
Decoded with Franchesca Ramsey
MTV Decoded was a weekly series where Franchesca Ramsey tackles race, pop culture, and other uncomfortable things, in funny and thought-provoking ways. Half sketch comedy, half vlog.
Diversity and Inclusion In Our Wild Spaces
A documentary at Yosemite National Park on the discussion around the diversity of both the visitation and the employment of our parks and wild spaces.
MaVynee “The Beach Lady” Betsch’s Oral History
Environmental activist and opera singer MaVynne “Beach Lady” Betsch is the great-granddaughter Abraham Lincoln Lewis, who founded Florida’s oldest African-American beach, and Anne Kingsley, the African American wife of plantation owner Zephaniah Kingsley.
Stories Happen in Forests videos
We often think about the clean air and water that forests provide us, but do we ever sit down and imagine all the unique and wonderful ways that human beings connect with forests in deeply personal ways? Dogwood Alliance took up that challenge. We’ve searched across the Southeast for stories about individual relationships to the forest. Our minds were blown by all the awe-inspiring and unexpected stories we’ve collected so far!
Please reach out to Charissa V. Jones, the Outreach and Inclusion Coordinator, if you're interested in a consultation regarding
how to fulfill your outdoor school program's equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts to support the success of all Oregon students.