Brown Girl Surf works to build a more diverse, environmentally reverent, and joyful women’s surf culture by increasing access to surfing, cultivating community, amplifying the voices of women of color surfers, and taking care of the earth.
California State Parks Foundation is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting, improving and advocating for all of California’s state parks. With their community of supporters, they deliver innovative solutions for an excellent parks system by facilitating park improvements, inspiring stewardship, supporting partners, advocating for sound policies, and connecting people to parks. Together they ensure that the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities of our 280 state parks are available for all to enjoy now and for generations to come.
Children & Nature Network is leading a global movement to increase equitable access to nature so that children—and natural places—can thrive. They invest in leaders and communities by sharing evidence-based resources, scaling innovative solutions and driving policy change.
Dani Reyes-Acosta is the founder of Nomad Creativa, a storytelling collective solely serving clients creating good in the world. His work is inspired, influenced, and driven by a large cross-section of social impact interests. His (mis)adventures in the outdoors (not to mention in his career) have given him some unique perspective to be an agent of change—and connecting with others interested in the same space means that our united voices can make a difference.
Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to opening access to outdoor adventure to people with disabilities and under-represented youth in ways that delight, renew and foster deep connections to nature and stewardship.
Green Schoolyards America is a national organization that expands and strengthens the green schoolyard movement and empowers Americans to become stewards of their school and neighborhood environments. Their mission is to inspire and enable communities to enrich their school grounds and use them to improve children’s well-being, learning and play while contributing to the ecological health and resilience of their cities
Heal the Bay has been the Southland’s strongest advocate for the ocean for over 30 years. But a healthy Bay requires a healthy L.A. Envisioning thriving oceans, healthy watersheds and smart water, they’re working toward a greener, bluer Los Angeles County for everyone.
International Bird Rescue works to mitigate the human impact on seabirds and other aquatic species worldwide.
Jennie Pardi and NatureBridge offer residential environmental science programs in National Parks. She enjoys building relationships with other people and organizations who share a commitment to expanding equitable access to the outdoors.
Mary Biasotti isn't the type of person who feels insulted when others say "take a hike!" She believes in the renewing power of nature for our emotional and physical health.
National Park Trust (NPT), a land trust and environmental education nonprofit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow.
Noel Heim runs a summer research program for high school students and is looking to expand her network and get new ideas for engaging students in the outdoors.
Ryan Mayeda is a part of an organization that provides overnight environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities to youth across Southern California. He would like to find new ways to network with other passionate individuals and find ways to promote equitable access to the outdoors and nature-based experiences
Robin Binaoro is joining the coalition to be surrounded by others who are doing similar work and to gain new resources as well as create new relationships.
San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail is a collaborative program working to improve and expand access to the waters of the San Francisco Bay on non-motorized small boats (kayaks, SUP, etc.). They have a new website and companion series of water-proof printed maps that provide the information non-motorized boaters need for a fun, safe, and environmentally friendly day of adventure on the Bay.
Shaila Kotadia leads the STEM Equity & Inclusion Initiative at UC Berkeley, and is joining the coalition to keep a connection between the equity work at UC Berkeley and the Coalition.
State Coastal Conservancy’s vision is of a beautiful, restored, and accessible coast for current and future generations of Californians. We act with others to protect and restore, and increase public access to California’s coast, ocean, coastal watersheds, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Bureau of Land Management - California's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the multiple use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The BLM’s expansive land holdings are significant resources for engaging people of all ages and backgrounds in learning about the interconnections among people, cultural heritage, and the natural world. Through learning, play, and work, individuals forge connections to their public lands and find personal inspiration.
The Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp is a non-profit organization serving Berkeley's Tuolumne Family Camp since 1984. Its mission is to enhance the camp experience for all campers and staff, and to advocate for the needs of the camp to outside stakeholders. Partnering with the Coalition, FOBTC is hoping to create outdoor engagement experiences for youth and teens from Berkeley who do not have the opportunity or the means to participate at one of Berkeley's city camps.
The Wilderness Society is a national advocacy organization that protects wilderness and inspires Americans to care for wild places. They work extensively in California to protect the state's federal public lands and connect Californians to the state's recreational areas.
Kurt Holland is supporting teachers as they free children from classrooms.
Ray Murray works at The National Park Service and shares a strong interest in fostering and sustaining outdoor engagement for all ages. Ray was a founding steering committee member of the Coalition in 2015 and has served on our advisory board ever since.
San francisco State University Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism was the first college recreation program in California and is one of the oldest in the US, yet is cognizant of the latest trends and innovations. The RPT program is nationally accredited and works closely with a wide variety of RPT organizations for student internships and job placement. RPT offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and a certificate program. Dr Nina Roberts is a founding steering committee member of the Coalition and has been an active advisory board member.
The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about and to create close-to-home parks—particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live. Their goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature. They also conserve working farms, ranches, and forests; lands of historical and cultural importance; rivers, streams, coasts, and watersheds; and other special places where people can experience nature close at hand.