The Bronze Chapter is a Black woman founded and led 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) to learn about and experience the natural world. We create programs that inspire + excite + contribute to the comfort, safety, and growth of BIPOC in the outdoors.
For communities that have been excluded from many outside activities due to the enduring impact of historical racism, we offer a pathway to the natural world through campouts, activities, and classes.
We support families and increase access to the health, physical, cultural, and inspirational benefits of the outdoors by decreasing barriers that block us from it.
Our programming supports BIPOC in the movement towards a more racially-just outdoors; leads to developing deep and nurturing relationships with nature; inspires awe, respect, and creativity; exposes mysteries of the natural world; sparks advocacy and curiosity of careers in the outdoor industry; provides community with needed safety and rest; and so much more.
From Marian Wright Edelman: “You can’t be what you can’t see” and this is why Representation Matters. The Bronze Chapter is a place to rewrite outdoor narratives.
Although Black and brown people helped build much of the infrastructure of parks and public lands, outdoor leisure was not made or meant for our use or enjoyment. Until the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Black people in many states were legally barred and/or subject to segregation at state and national parks and on other public lands. That was only 54 years ago.
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