Great Outdoors Month

Great Outdoors Month

Explore Austin hosts a variety of free community programming and events in the month of June in honor of Great Outdoors Month. Check out 2024’s offerings below!

Panel Discussion – Accessibility in the Outdoors: Changing the Narrative

Thursday, June 13 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Motion Media Arts Center

There is a pervading narrative that only certain types of bodies can be classified as “outdoorsy.”

This stereotype often excludes individuals with chronic illness, disabilities, neurodivergence and folks of size, all of which are populations Explore Austin serves via a social-emotional learning-based outdoor adventure curriculum. This panel discussion will focus on the ways that natural spaces are frequently inaccessible or unwelcome to bodies that don’t fit the “traditional” outdoor enthusiast profile. 

Special Video Introduction By
Amy Denton-Luke, Disabled in the Wild

Moderator
Dr. Demekia Biscoe, Director of Education, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Panelists
Ragen Chastain, Founder of Sized for Success
Leslie Jordan Garcia, Founder of Leslie Jordan Wellness
Syren Nagakyrie, Founder & Director of Disabled Hikers

Pickleball Tournament Benefitting Explore Austin

Hosted by Sam McCathren | Landy Frost Group at Twelve Rivers Realty  

Saturday, June 22 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pickle Hub ATX

Save the date — more details and registration information to come!

Work up a sweat while supporting Explore Austin! Music, food and beverages, a raffle and — of course — Pickleball, with 100% of proceeds supporting local youth in the Explore Austin program. Free attend, and kids welcome!

Panel Discussion – Eco-Justice in Austin & Beyond

Tuesday, June 25 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Motion Media Arts Center

Environmental Justice is defined as the equal treatment and involvement of all people in environmental decision making.

However, that decision-making frequently excludes discussion that, firstly, recognizes the original land stewardship by Native communities, and, secondly, addresses the long-term consequences of those decisions, many of which disproportionately impact marginalized communities. The youth that Explore Austin serves via our social-emotional learning-based outdoor adventure curriculum come primarily from such marginalized communities. This panel discussion aims to provide examples of environmental justice, demonstrate ways that youth are getting involved, and showcase how various communities are responding, both nationally and here in Austin.

Reading of
“To Greet Ancestors of Place,” written by Naomi Ortiz, poet, writer & visual artist 

Moderator
Rocío Villalobos, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager (Immigrant Affairs) for City of Austin Government & Explore Austin Mentor Alum


Panelists
Dr. Amanda Masino, Chair for the Department of Natural Sciences, Huston-Tillotson University
Rocío Villalobos, Native Women’s Wilderness & Explore Austin Mentor Alum
Beth Wright, Attorney for Native American Rights Fund

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