In the spirit of this year's conference theme "The Outdoors is for Everyone: Equity, Access and Inclusion in Environmental Education", we'd like to invite everyone to join us for the workshop, "Race and Outdoor Education: From Inclusion to Transformation,"
When: Sunday, July 21st, 2:00-5:00pm Where: National Parks Conservation Association Midtown Office 256 West 36th St. 12th floor New York, NY 10018 Participation in outdoor education has never mirrored the racial demographics of our state or our country. However, the conversation around changing this norm is energetic, intelligent and overflowing with passion. In line with this spirit, workshop participants and facilitators will work together to engage with race and identity in outdoor education. Participants will identify how implicit bias is embedded in outdoor education and use field examples to think through trauma-informed approaches. Lastly, we will consider what it means to transform outdoor education in a way that promotes diverse environmental perspectives. Throughout this process, participants will be invited to co-create a supportive environment for reflecting on their own experiences.
Our facilitators are Simone Gamble, a social worker, educator, and community organizer based in NYC, and Tom Mackey, a PhD candidate at SUNY ESF focusing on the intersection of environmental justice and teaching/learning. Tom and Simone are connected via their shared work at the Fiver Children's foundation, and we connected with Tom when he replied to one of our recent board letters in Pathways. You can read their bios here: Tom, and Simone.