Mission Statement: We bring cultura
into the outdoor narrative and connect Latino communities and leadership with
nature and outdoor experiences.
We connect familias and youth with nature, engage and inspire Latino leadership, empower communities to explore and share their stories in defining the Latino Outdoors identity.
About: Latino Outdoors is the first national Latino-led organization of its kind. We are working to create a network of leaders in conservation and outdoor education. As part of this work, we are focused on expanding and amplifying the Latino experience in the outdoors; providing greater opportunities for leadership, mentorship, professional opportunities and serving as a platform for sharing cultural connections and narratives that are often overlooked by the traditional outdoor movement. It is a space for the community to be present, share their voices, and showcase how conservation roots have been ingrained in Latino cultura for generations.
The need: The Latino population is the fastest growing demographic in the United States. They are also among the most underrepresented groups in conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental education organizations. In a short period Latino Outdoors has expanded from a California based organization to an national volunteer movement. The original model is easily replicable and allows the individual to include their unique passions in each location and at each event. Through this network, volunteer leaders support each other in leading responsible recreation, providing mentoring activities to youth, expanding outdoor access through experiential experiences, and partnering with other organizations for supplemental education components.
We work to support Latino Leadership, but welcome everyone of all backgrounds, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.