Making the outdoors a more welcoming place for queer adventurers is critically important, but to create real and lasting change we also need to develop a generation of leaders and teachers who represent a broader slice of the trail-going world. Wild Diversity is working to create opportunities for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ enthusiasts to step into leadership by hosting outdoor adventures and educational workshops that build knowledge, confidence, and stewardship skills.
Serving the greater Portland, Oregon, area, Wild Diversity was founded by Mercy M’fon Shammah. She brings 15 years of community-building and education experience, which helped her see that outdoor organizations should not simply welcome BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folx, but enable them to thrive and lead. To this end, Wild Diversity runs programs ranging from youth ecology classes to birding, paddling, and backpacking trips.
You can donate here to help keep costs of these programs low or free. Your contributions will go toward costs such as permits or gear purchases.