How diverse is the outdoor community?


Where's the diversity in the great outdoors? SNEWS crunches the numbers.

Part 2 of a 2-part series on diversity in the outdoor industry. Earlier this week, author James Edward Mills wrote about the challenges we'll face if we don't become more inclusive - and fast. 

In spite of efforts on the part of the outdoor industry to increase diversity in our national parks and public lands, minority communities aren't getting outside as frequently as white people. Why is that?



BCM and Canal Welcome Center group summit Tuolumne Peak. Photo Courtesy of Scott Schriefer.

Wilderness programs try to increase teen diversity in the outdoors

Teen trips with organizations like Big City Mountaineers and NOLS open a window on some of the daunting challenges facing outdoor recreation growth among underserved youth. Getting the boys to the first day of the trip is the hard part. Their lives revolve around the familiar more


Outdoors for all: Why diversity matters to the outdoor industry

Black and brown people are conspicuously absent in our parks, forests, trails and rivers, as well as in the aisles of our industry's trade shows and offices, says author James Mills. Here, he offers insights as to why it's vitally important to add more color to the natural world, more

Patagonia internship

Patagonia may have figured out how to make the outdoor industry more diverse

Partnering with an organization that helps underrepresented young adults find internships is surprisingly simple. And it's likely to be highly effective. In an attempt to create a more diverse workforce, Patagonia has partnered with The Greening Youth Foundation (GYF), an more

Ambreen Tariq, founder of Brown People Camping

Ambreen Tariq preaches inclusivity, diversity in the outdoor industry

As the founder of Brown People Camping, Ambreen Tariq campaigns for more inclusivity in the outdoor industry and encourages people of all races to get outside, in whatever way possible. For Ambreen Tariq, being an American and loving the outdoors are one and the same. Soon more


Embracing diversity in the workforce creates a bridge to a diverse consumer base

This is part of a series of stories previewing Rendezvous, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) annual leadership forum, which will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, Calif. This year's line-up will feature three tracks to help attendees more


Mary Anderson: The outdoor industry’s original Renaissance woman

As a world traveler, mountaineer, and leader of a multibillion dollar company, Mary Anderson has done it all. As the co-founder of REI, Mary Anderson could be credited with shaping the American outdoor industry into what it is today. Her contributions to the industry began more


Trump vs. Clinton: Who would treat the outdoor industry better?

Conservation is a hot topic for the public land-dependent outdoor industry. Even President Barack Obama’s efforts - more than any other U.S. president in history - aren’t enough, given the rapid pace of development in the U.S., said Kristen Brengel, VP of government affairs at more

Adventure travel

How to sell more adventure travel gear

As much as the outdoor industry might hate to admit it, the shutterbug wandering the streets of Rome has many of the same needs as the guy waiting for his backcountry skis to come through baggage claim. The overlap between what travelers and outdoorists want is even bigger than more