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Cultivating More Inclusive Outdoor Spaces

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Join Heart of the Lakes as we host the Avarna Group for a three-part webinar series on March 15, 22, and 29 from noon until 1:00pm eastern. The goal of this series is to help build organizational capacity and will cover: (a) the foundations of diversity, equity, and inclusion; (b) why this work is important in conservation and outdoor recreation; (c) how unconscious bias can get in the way of doing good DEI work; and (d) how to build a strategic plan for DEI/cultural relevancy.

What is DEI and Why is it Important in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation?

In this foundational webinar, we will define key terms such as diversity, equity, inclusion cultural competence, and cultural relevancy (collectively often called "DEI"), and help participants articulate all of the reasons why this work is important in conservation and outdoor recreation efforts.

Unconscious Bias and How it Impedes Successful DEI Efforts

In this second webinar we will introduce the unconscious bias framework and discuss ways in which bias manifests in us as individuals, within institutions in the conservation and outdoor recreation space, and in the conservation sector as a whole. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of bias and resources to mitigate and interrupt bias in their organizations.

How to Eat an Elephant: Planning for DEI

DEI is often seen as the elephant in the room. It's big. It's heavy. It's overwhelming. In this final webinar we will make the pachydermic work of DEI more palatable and less paralyzing through a simple framework that will allow us to take one bite at a time. Specifically, we will introduce a 4-quadrant framework for mapping out all of the ways participants and their organizations can engage in DEI work. Participants will leave with a map that will guide them in determining priorities and next steps.

About the Avarna Group

The Avarna Group helps build capacity within organizations and agencies in the outdoor, youth development, and conservation sector to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Their tagline is "insights and resources for a more socially and environmentally just world." See more at

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