Cornell Outdoor Education proudly presents guest Speaker, James Edward Mills. Mills will discuss the importance of having diverse role models who can inspire people of all races and ethnicities from his book The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors."
The nation's wild places-from national and state parks to national forests, preserves, and wilderness areas-belong to all Americans. But not all of us use these resources equally. Minority populations are much less likely to seek recreation, adventure, and solace in our wilderness spaces. It's a difference that African American author James Mills addresses in his book, as well as in his blog The Joy Trip Project.
Bridging the so-called "adventure gap" requires role models who can inspire the uninitiated to experience and enjoy wild places. Once new visitors are there, a love affair often follows. This is important because as our country grows increasingly multicultural, our natural legacy will need the devotion of people of all races and ethnicities to steward its care.
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