Diverse NPS: Charles Roundtree Bloom Project

Diverse NPS►

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.

Website: https://crbloomproject.org/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crbloomproject/

Link to Donation: https://crbloomproject.org/donate/