Meet the Ambassadors

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Outdoor Afro, Latino Outdoors, the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and Groundwork USA have launched Summit Seekers, an inter-generational outdoor leadership training program designed to foster inclusion and engagement of communities of color with traditional outdoor recreation and promote environmental stewardship.

We are thrilled by the incredible leaders that will be joining us in the East Bay and the DC-area as Summit Seeker Ambassadors.

Learn  about them through their 3-word bio. #SummitSeekers2017

DC Ambassadors

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East Bay Ambassadors

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Washington DC-Area Residents

Applications are closed. 

Each participating Ambassador will receive a stipend of $500 as well as transportation to Summit Seeker events, food, lodging, and use of outdoor equipment/gear as needed. In return, Ambassadors are expected to fully participate in all of the following three Summit Seekers events and to provide meaningful feedback to partners about the program and Ambassadors’ experience of the barriers, incentives, and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

July 8, 2017: Inaugural Summit at Anacostia Community Museum. Ambassadors will gather with friends and family for a full day of activities that include a tour of the Anacostia Community Museum, introduction to hiking and camping skills and equipment; a facilitated discussion about barriers to participation in traditional outdoor recreation, environmental justice, and other introductory topics; a ranger talk about Park Service careers, and presentations about opportunities in conservation nonprofits. Food and fun for all generations!

Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23: Appalachian Trail Summit. Weekend activities will include an African American History Tour of Harpers Ferry, WV; short backpacking and/or day hikes suitable for beginners on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.); introduction to Leave No Trace ethics; overnight camping at the Blackburn Trail Center on the A.T. and at the National Conservation Training Center; and facilitated discussion and reflection activities focused on outdoor leadership and the outdoor experience from a wellness and healing perspective.

Saturday, September 16: Final Celebration/Wrap-Up at Anacostia Park will begin with a boat ride, courtesy of Anacostia River Keeper, during which Ambassadors will reflect on and evaluate their Summit Seekers experience and discuss commitments for next steps. They will then be joined by family and friends for an outdoor meal together, camping demonstrations, mini-hikes, and a shared celebration led by the Summit Seekers leadership cohort.

East Bay, CA Residents

Applications are closed.

Each participating Ambassador will receive a stipend of $500 as well as transportation to Summit Seeker events, food, lodging, and use of outdoor equipment/gear as needed. In return, Ambassadors are expected to fully participate in all of the following three Summit Seekers events and to provide meaningful feedback to partners about the program and Ambassadors’ experience of the barriers, incentives, and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Saturday, July 15: Inaugural event gathers the ambassadors at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez (East Bay). Focusing on the life of conservationist John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, the property offers opportunities to explore issues of privilege and exclusion/inclusion in America’s early conservation movement and the nation’s Latino heritage. Based on Latino Outdoors’ training program, a full day of activities will feature Project introduction and icebreakers; A tour of the John Muir House and/or Martinez Adobe; A hike on Mt. Wanda, during which participants learn the essentials of leading a safe outdoor experience that can accommodate novices and experts alike.  Topics will include trail safety, beginner naturalist skills, Leave No Trace, basic equipment and provisions, and connecting skills youth have around stewardship to community engagement in an ambassador role.  

Saturday, July 22: A full-day celebratory event will take place at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). This event will welcome 80-100 members of the greater community. Each core participant from the inaugural event will be responsible for working with project partners to invite members of his or her community – family, neighbors, friends, colleagues.

Saturday, Sept. 16th: Final Celebration/Wrap-Up at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond will begin with a Ranger tour, after which leadership participants will take part in a summative discussion and commitment for next steps, and final evaluation considerations. A festive outdoor picnic will wind up the day’s activities.