Black History Month: Celebrating Leaders in the Outdoors

This February, we’re honoring Black History Month by celebrating Black individuals and organizations that make a difference in the outdoors. These leaders include scientists, rock climbers, ultra-runners, cowboys, and more. Check out the leaders below!

1. John Francis, Planetwalker

John Francis “Planetwalker” is an environmentalist and author.

In 1971, he watched oil spill into the San Francisco Bay, and was so disconcerted that he swore off all motorized transportation. For the next 22 years, Francis walked everywhere, raising awareness about the importance of the environment. This earned him the nickname “Planetwalker.”

Francis got frustrated when his words didn’t make enough difference, so he also took a vow of silence for 17 years!

He ended his vow of silence in 1990 on Earth Day, and also earned a PhD in land management.

A year later, Francis was named UN Environmental Program Goodwill Ambassador, and in 2008, National Geographic published his memoir, Planetwalker

Today, Francis continues his work as an advocate for the environment.

Learn More: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/9-pioneering-african-american-outdoorspeople

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Spring Volunteer Work Day

Spring volunteer work day details

Join us for a family-friendly day of volunteering at Camp Wildwood!

Help freshen Wildwood’s trails, garden, and cabins for the arrival of campers this summer. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Best yet, volunteers will have the chance to win 4 Disney Park Hopper Passes! 

Families, high school, corporate, and church groups are welcome! Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Email jane@wildwoodctr.org for further details.

Please bring a water bottle and wear weather-appropriate attire.

End the day fishing in our pond or going canoeing.

To sign up, visit https://www.allforgood.org/projects/GkXLRwkd