Author Archives: Teresa Baker

Avatar for Teresa BakerAs the Founder of African American National Parks Event and DEL speaker, Teresa’s vision is anchored in interacting with outdoor entities (i.e. retailers, NGOs, federal agencies) that are having difficulty engaging diverse audiences within their organization and in outdoor arenas, such as national parks. The African American National Park Event network provides communities across the country with opportunities to participate in events that speak to culture, heritage and lifestyle. She parlays this introduction into an experience that dramatically changes perceptions and behaviors relative to the national parks and, by default, fosters the next generation of diverse, informed and loyal park stewards and outdoor enthusiasts. Teresa has shown great event planning skills, as demonstrated in the recent Buffalo Soldiers trail retracing pilgrimage, from the Presidio of San Francisco into Yosemite national park. She also spearheaded the Muir Campfire discussion on Diversity and Relevancy, where she gathered over 20 different government agencies and outdoor organization for a 3 day summit. Currently working on several collaborations, Teresa continues to find time to spend outdoors, embracing the environment that she so feverishly battles to protect.

Square cropped photo of author Teresa Baker, a black woman, smiling outside on a wide trail. She wears a scarf, green puffy coat, dark pants and grey sneakers with pink accents.

While Hiking Solo, Nature Speaks


Community Voices is a series in which guest writers share their perspectives on redwood forests. Advocate for Diversity Outdoors Revels in Solitude and Beauty Among Redwoods I often refer to myself as a “lazy weekend hiker.” The joy isn’t in …

Teresa Baker at the Cultural Relevancy and Inclusion in Outdoor Organizations convening in 2016.

Taking Action on Cultural Relevancy and Inclusion


What I hoped to gain from the recent Cultural Relevancy and Inclusion in Outdoor Organizations convening was a sense of togetherness on a topic that very few outdoor organizations and foundations are addressing in action. It is a complicated topic to wrap one’s brain around in reaching an action plan, I get it, but what is at stake is a country that will be majority people of color in 20 years, and if people of color are not developing relationships with the land now, we certainly won’t care about saving the redwoods or protecting endangered species as we grow into a majority status.