OAK’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The Outdoors Alliance for Kids embraces and values diversity when it comes to race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, and age. In order for OAK to achieve its mission “to advocate for equitable and readily available opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors”, we commit to celebrating diversity, working towards equity, and practicing inclusion in all of our work.

  • Diversity: OAK understands and values two simple truths: 1) there are many ways to experience and spend time in nature and the outdoors, and 2) our public lands and open spaces belong to all of us. For OAK to reach its mission, we must celebrate diversity in the outdoors and actively work to ensure all kids and communities have encouragement and opportunities to safely explore the natural world.
  • Equity: OAK understands that not all children start on equal footing when it comes to opportunities to experience the outdoors and strives to close the equity gap in our advocacy and programmatic work.
  • Inclusion: OAK will employ best practices to foster an inclusive environment, striving to ensure a variety of perspectives, individuals, and organizations are welcomed and valued in our meetings and activities, particularly at the leadership level.

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