There’s A New Book Club In Town… All About Race And Equity In The Outdoors

Shield Ranch
Shield Ranch

Partner Post – from the Children In Nature Collaborative In Austin

Love books? Interested in learning more about race and equity in the outdoors?

Then this is pretty much the perfect thing for you. The Children In Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) has just launched the “CiNCA Equity Book Club” and you’re invited to participate.

The first meeting of the book club will be on Saturday, April 20th from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at Shield Ranch on Hamilton Pool Road. The topic of discussion will be the first three chapters of Carolyn Finney’s “Black Faces, White Spaces.” Folks are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on the grass as well as snacks and drinks to share. The discussion will be followed by a hike on the beautiful Shield Ranch.

You can RSVP here.

Black Faces White Spaces

More about “Black Faces, White Spaces”
From the author’s website
“Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans. Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the ‘great outdoors’ and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces.”

More about CiNCA
The mission of the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) is to ignite and fan the flames of the regional movement to reconnect kids to the wonder and joy of the natural world and to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

CiNCA does this by bringing together dozens of different environmental nonprofit organizations, government entities, and teachers in order to share resources and collectively grow the local movement to get kids outside. 

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