Help Bring More Diversity to Chattanooga’s Outdoor Scene!
The Outdoor Ambassador Program was implemented in the Fall of 2015 through an initiative by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Outdoor Chattanooga with the intent to train individuals from and with connections to culturally diverse communities around Chattanooga in an effort to diversify Chattanooga’s outdoor scene and offer outdoor recreational opportunities to diverse populations.
Outdoor Ambassadors assist with community outreach and inspire others to participate in outdoor adventures. Selected Outdoor Ambassadors are required to complete trip leader training and outdoor leadership skills courses provided by Outdoor Chattanooga prior to leading outdoor adventures and can be compensated for the outdoor excursions they lead once all requirements are met. The goal is to have Outdoor Ambassadors become the “adventure-gap” bridge that connects culturally diverse communities with the outdoors and outdoor recreational opportunities in Chattanooga.
African American author James Mills writes in his book, The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors, “Bridging the so-called “adventure gap” requires role models who can inspire the uninitiated to experience and enjoy wild places. This is important because as our country grows increasingly multicultural, our natural legacy will need the devotion of people of all races and ethnicity to steward its care.”
Click here if you are interested in applying for the opportunity to become an Outdoor Ambassador.