EPIC, Latino Outdoors Leading Bilingual Hike Series This Year to Empower Latinx Community in Outdoor Spaces

This is a press release from the Environmental Protection Information Center and Latino Outdoors:

Arcata, Calif.—The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) and Latino Outdoors are pleased to present a series of bilingual interpretative hikes and associated outdoor skills training workshops to connect diverse communities with nature and outdoor experiences. All events are free and open to all ages.

EPIC and Latino Outdoors are providing a series of seminars designed to expose wilderness users to a variety of skills, and knowledge, in particular for those interested in leading bilingual hikes throughout the Redwood Hikes series.

Join us February 25th for our first Outdoor Skills Training Workshop: Introduction to Interpretive Guiding. Topics to be covered include an introduction to interpretive guiding, leave no trace, basic equipment knowledge, and leadership skills. Meet at Humboldt State University, Founders Hall – Green and Gold Room 116 at 10 AM

The first hike will be lead by our newly appointed bilingual guides on April 15th through Headwaters Forest Preserve, South Fork Elk River Trail. This 3-mile trail is suitable for all levels of ability. Please meet at EPIC headquarters 145 G Street, Arcata at 10 am. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, bring food, water, and anything else you may need to be comfortable in the forest. Lunch will be provided*

“We recognize that social and cultural barriers often exclude diverse communities from outdoor experiences. We hope to change that by creating a more accessible, representative, and inclusive space and provide the skills and confidence for our underrepresented communities to enjoy our area’s abundant natural beauty,” said Briana Villalobos, Communications and Director at EPIC. “Through these workshops and hiking series we hope to empower the local Latinx community and offer more representation to the environmental movement in Humboldt County.

“This program is dedicated to those who have wondered, ‘Why not me as an outdoor leader?’ We seek to foster and extend supportive and culturally relevant learning environments to empower diverse communities and heal wounds of exclusion in the outdoors,” says Ruby Garcia, Executive Projects Coordinator at Latino Outdoors. “By doing so, we are creating benchmarks for diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation and the mainstream conservation movement here in Humboldt County.”

Want to help? If you have strong ecological knowledge about a subject matter and are bilingual, we could use your help! Email briana@wildcalifornia.org to learn how you can get involved.

Redwood Hike Series 2018

April 15th Headwaters Forest Preserve: South Fork Elk River Trail

Distance: 6 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Total Time: 3 hrs

May 6th Johnson Camp Trail: Humboldt Redwood State Park

Distance: 10 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Total Time: 5 hrs

July 16th Stout Grove: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Distance: .6 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Total Time: 5 hrs

September 23rd Trillium Falls Trail: Redwood National Park

Distance: 3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Total Time: 4 hrs

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Caminatas De Secoya 2018

15-Abril Headwaters Forest Preserve: South Fork Elk River Trail

Distancia: 6 millas

Dificultad: Facil

Tiempo Total: 3 hrs

6-Mayo Johnson Camp Trail: Humboldt Redwood State Park

Distancia: 10 millas

Dificultad: Moderar

Tiempo Total: 5 hrs

16-Julio Stout Grove: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Distancia: 0.6 millas

Dificultad: Facil

Tiempo Total: 5 hrs

23-Septiembre Trillium Falls Trail: Redwood National Park

Distancia: 3 millas

Dificultad: Moderar

Tiempo Total: 4 hrs

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