Because of growing civil unrest , I joined a coalition of fellow park enthusiasts. Our group brainstormed ideas about how we could use our combined platforms to help. We learned that Black people are sorely underrepresented in park visitor-ship. We began to reach out to organizations which encourage people of color to explore our public lands.
Each month, our group intends to spotlight one of these organizations. In August, we helped spread the word about Black in National Parks Week. In September, we featured Soul Trak, based in D.C.
Charles Roundtree Bloom Project: Creating Spaces Where We Can Breathe►
Building upon that success, we are highlighting Charles Roundtree for the month of October. Charles Roundtree is an outdoor healing justice program for youth of incarcerated parents in San Antonio, Texas.
Charles Roundtree Bloom Project aims to create a space of communal healing for youth impacted by incarceration by facilitating healing-centered outdoor experiences and culturally relevant environmental education that will help them envision new possibilities for their lives, for their communities, and for our world. The program was founded by Ki’Amber who grew up with several of her family members incarcerated. As a college student in California, she discovered the healing power of nature. When she returned to San Antonio, she created the Bloom Project and named it for her late cousin Charles.
Link to Donation: https://crbloomproject.org/donate/
12 thoughts on “Diverse NPS: Charles Roundtree Bloom Project”
Thanks for highlighting these organizations. I would not otherwise have heard of them.
Thanks for reading and commenting! I’ve been happy to discover all these groups myself as our group looks for new ones to sponsor
Love it. I’ve been looking for ways to get more involved in the diversification of the outdoor community and this is right near my home!
Cool! I’m looking for organizations in the northeast like the ones we featured in the past few months so maybe I can use original photos for that post
This is such a great project. The Great Outdoors has amazing healing abilities. It has helped me so much. I’m definitely a believer in that! What a great organization to highlight 🙂
I agree! Thanks for reading and commenting 😀
What a great project! Thanks for the work you are doing to support and highlight these organizations.
Thanks so much! I’m glad this series has been well-received
I also thank you for introducing this group to us. I’m always impressed by how much can be accomplished when one person (or several persons) work(s) for something they believe in. This project sounds very inspiring.
There’s a famous quote to that effect…I have to find it now. Thanks! I find it inspiring too…and we could all use a little inspiration in these scary times
What a great project. Thanks for highlighting it. I would have never heard about it.
Thanks! I have enjoyed discovering these organizations along with the Diverse NPS group