​​​Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion


This report, based on a study utilizing focus groups of members of the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, is an inventory of current issues, opportunities and resource needs for outdoor recreation professionals, which can inform future advocacy and planning by professional organizations. 



Projects should be designed to achieve one or more of the following: create vibrant public spaces, focus on diversity and inclusion, deliver range of transportation or mobility options, support local recovery form the pandemic through public infrastructure, accessible and affordable housing developments, increase civic engagement and more.
Application cycle typically opens in February. 

Grants ranging from $500 to $1000 are awarded to create and maintain walking, hiking or skiing trails open to the public in Wisconsin. This includes, but is not limited to: increasing access for people with disabilities; identification of trail locations; surveying; purcha​se of materials; construction; clean-up activities; repairs of trail surfaces, railings or existing signage; and fees for necessary professional services.
Applications are due March 1 annually. 

REI Co-op’s Path Ahead Ventures offers full-spectrum support to start-ups owned and led by Black, Indigenous, Latina/o/x, Asian American and Pacific Islander people.  
Applications period open September 19 through October 16, 2022, and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

A community-supported nonprofit that partners with and provides financial support for organizations building a new outdoor culture and improving health and well-being for all people. 
Must be recommended by a peer or organization. 




Founded by Teresa Baker, founder of The Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge and the African American National Park Event, In Solidarity offers DEI-focused resources and consulting.
 
Launched by cofounders Wyn Wyllie (also known as Pattie Gonia), Teresa Baker and Jose Gonzalez, the nonprofit seeks to train a new generation of outdoorists to become allies for the planet, inclusion and adventure.
 
Accessible Trail Surface Types (article) | Disabled Hikers
An introductory overview of the different types of trail surfaces and the pros and cons of their use for an accessible trail.

A coalition of social media influencers who share the goal of promoting diversity in outdoor spaces for historically underrepresented identities. 

Discover accessible features in national parks and learn more about their efforts to ensure people with disabilities have equal opportunities to benefit from their facilities, programs, services, employment and activities. 

Guidance on how to implement equitable and inclusive engagement strategies. It is geared toward transportation sector practitioners but is adaptable and useful for other types of community projects.

Designed to help land managers understand how people with disabilities engage with the outdoors and provides recommendations and best practices for creating inclusive public spaces. 

This course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the socio-cultural circumstances that have created disparities among the U.S. population in citizens’ ability to access and enjoy public land. It is an exploration of the racial disparities and inequities of the environmental conservation movement and the efforts that aim to correct them.

As part of the 2021 Earth Day Virtual Learning Event, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies brought together a diverse panel of community leaders to discuss the “adventure gap” and the ways this can be addressed within a community.

Hoofer Ambassadors is a program dedicated to equity in the outdoors. It is a grassroots program open to the campus community, where anyone can join and help make a difference in the pursuit of the mission to continually question constructions of “the outdoors,” while creating a community that is representative and inclusive. 



An introductory overview of the different types of trail surfaces and the pros and cons of their use for an accessible trail.

A coalition of social media influencers who share the goal of promoting diversity in outdoor spaces for historically underrepresented identities. 

A nonprofit organization providing programming and resources to equip outdoor businesses and organizations to implement best practices in workplace diversity, equity and inclusion.

Discover accessible features in national parks and learn more about their efforts to ensure people with disabilities have equal opportunities to benefit from their facilities, programs, services, employment and activities. 

Guidance on how to implement equitable and inclusive engagement strategies. It is geared toward transportation sector practitioners but is adaptable and useful for other types of community projects.

Designed to help land managers understand how people with disabilities engage with the outdoors and provides recommendations and best practices for creating inclusive public spaces. 

This course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the socio-cultural circumstances that have created disparities among the U.S. population in citizens’ ability to access and enjoy public land. It is an exploration of the racial disparities and inequities of the environmental conservation movement and the efforts that aim to correct them.

As part of the 2021 Earth Day Virtual Learning Event, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies brought together a diverse panel of community leaders to discuss the “adventure gap” and the ways this can be addressed within a community.

Hoofer Ambassadors is a program dedicated to equity in the outdoors. It is a grassroots program open to the campus community, where anyone can join and help make a difference in the pursuit of the mission to continually question constructions of “the outdoors,” while creating a community that is representative and inclusive.