45 Black, Indigenous & POC-Owned Outdoor Collectives to Support

An evolving list of BIPOC-run outdoors groups on Instagram promoting diversity and inclusion in nature

45 Black, Indigenous & POC-Owned Outdoor Collectives to Support

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Photograph by Savannah McCauley
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Ed Note: We'd like to acknowledge the current global antiracism movement is built upon the continued killing of Black Americans by police. To expand our purview and encourage greater diversity as a whole within our outdoor community, we opened this evolving list to include Indigenous and People of Color, too.

This list is evolving. Help us highlight more outdoorists—email suggestions to hello @ fieldmag dot com. Thank you!


Representation in the outdoors is hugely important. And severely lacking. One of the absolute easiest ways to help change this is to follow and support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) athletes, advocates, collectives, and creatives within the outdoor space.

The detriments of a homogenous outdoor culture are clear. A lack of visibility can lead to a lack of understanding of and empathy for different people and different cultures. This rings true for the company you keep, the media you consume, and the accounts you follow on social. Exclusively showing white people (usually white men) participating in outdoor activities promotes a false narrative of what a competent “outdoorsman” looks like, while also perpetuating stigmas in underrepresented communities that nature is not for them.

On the other hand, seeing people of different backgrounds enjoy the same activities that you identify with can help erode implicit biases and strengthen a sense of community through shared interest. It also, hopefully, invites you to see “your” sport from an alternate perspective.

No, following a couple dozen BIPOC outdoorists isn’t going to solve systemic racism. Yes, you still need to self educate—and if you can, donate to BLM affiliated organizations, bail funds, and police reform initiatives. Sharing antiracist materials, helpful guides for fellow allies, and promoting BIPOC activist voices is hugely encouraged too. (Maybe even Venmo your favorite hiker, climber, photog, or artist directly.) But it’s a start.

The following are 42 BIPOC outdoor ogranizations, collectives, nonprofits, and general group accounts to follow right now on Instagram. Curated by Field Mag editors, contributors, and Luisa Jeffery aka @youdidnotsleepthere.

Also see: 80 BIPOC Outdoor Instagram Accounts to Follow Right Now

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BIPOC in the Great Outdoors

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BIPOC Climbing Collectives

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BIPOC Surf Clubs & Collectives

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Focused

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BIPOC Outdoor Youth Organizations

Published 06-05-2020

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