Improving Equity and Inclusion in Youth Outdoor Programs

Youth from underserved communities experience a range of barriers to accessing outdoor and environmental education programs. In 2016, the Packard Foundation collaborated with Youth Outside and the Morgan Family Foundation to explore how nonprofit organizations providing these services can be more responsive to these challenges. A cohort of environmental education organizations took part in the Cultural Relevancy Series, a 7-month program designed to build their capacity in cultural relevancy, equity, and inclusion. This report describes the experience, summarizes lessons learned by both Youth Outside and the program participants, and explores the potential of the model to support others in the field.

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Authors: Youth Outside

Geography: California

Resource Types: Case Study