Our experiences in the outdoors can take many forms. In Colorado, you might find someone climbing off the side of a mountain. In New York City, you’ll see people finding joy by taking a stroll through a park. And lately, you’ll find more people experiencing nature in their own way–because observing and indulging in all nature has to offer is vital for our social, physical, and mental wellbeing. 

With the Black community in mind, REI Co-op has continued to uphold a 13-year partnership in support of Outdoor Afro, a national not-for-profit organization that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. The outdoor collective has built a network of approximately 60,000 participants who are strengthening relationships with their local community, land, water, and wildlife. Now established in 60 cities and 32 states, Outdoor Afro founder and CEO Rue Mapp launched Outdoor Afro Inc. to provide the Black community with outdoor gear and apparel made for the culture and a good hike.