Stuff white people like: National parksSubmitted by Linda Cross on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 20:22
Only one in five visitors to the United States’ national parks is not a white person, according to a 2011 study. Or, as a New Jersey resident of Dominican and Puerto Rican roots who was invited Olympic National Park on a minority outreach initiative told The New York Times, “We’ve been here for two days, walking around, and I can’t think of any brown person that I’ve seen.”
The National Park Service, reports the Times, is making a play for minority youth. Partnering with outdoor outfitters and health and fitness advocates, they’re trying to figure out ways to convince those who are underrepresented at park sites that nature has something to offer them, too. “We know that if we get them there, it can be transformative,” Jonathan B. Jarvis, the Park Service’s director, said.