Diverse NPS: Soul River Inc

Photo credit: @soulriverinc

Diverse NPS►

I am part of a coalition of fellow park enthusiasts dedicated to promoting diversity and equity in our public lands. We’ve been collaborating on posts since mid 2020.

Each month, our group spotlights a relevant organization. These organizations are working to bridge the gap between outdoor spaces and underrepresented communities. Past features include:

During the month of June, we are shining a light on the important work of Soul River Inc., a non-profit that brings U.S. military veterans and inner city youth together in nature. This is part of our community effort to highlight organizations working towards social justice, diversity in the outdoors and more inclusive public lands.

Photo credit: @soulriverinc

About Soul River Inc

Based in Portland, Oregon, Soul River Inc. focuses on “bringing veterans as mentors and inner city youth together into the wild rivers of nature.”

The organization’s hope is to educate, inspire and encourage urban kids to become environmental advocates. These youth learn about, experience and connect with Mother Nature through immersive activities in the outdoors, guided and inspired by veteran mentors.

Uniting U.S. military veterans and urban youth in nature offers incredible benefits to both groups, who might not connect with one another otherwise.

Mutual respect, admiration and inspiration is molded through unforgettable outdoor adventures, whether it’s “spending time embraced in currents of river water, trekking majestic forested trails, or witnessing a bald eagle or elk in its habitat.” All these experiences in nature offer healing, sharpen self-awareness, provide focus and reduce stress, Soul River Inc. says.

The driving force behind the organization is the belief that these connections in nature will inspire and establish a new generation of outdoor leaders and conservation advocates

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