GirlTrek takes a community-building approach to increase equity and belonging for Black women outside. We train community leaders and activate local action to get Black women walking in groups for 30 minutes a day, in an effort to take advantage of the healing properties of the outdoors. GirlTrek encourages women to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living, families, and communities. As women organize walking teams, they mobilize community members to support advocacy efforts and lead a civil rights-inspired health movement. With over 1 million walkers in locations across the country like Brooklyn, New York, Iowa, Savannah, Georgia, and Los Angeles, California, our community of women continues to grow in number and impact.
GirlTrek’s Adventure Squad was created to reduce barriers and build new opportunities outside. The Adventure Squad is a team of Black women trained by the Sierra Club as outdoor hike leaders who lead hikes with an environmental justice lens. More Black women taking to the outdoors increases overall representation within their communities.
GirlTrek’s active members support local and national policy to increase physical activity through walking, improve access to safe places to walk, protect and reclaim green spaces, and improve the walkability and built environments of 50 high-need communities across the United States. Our Black History Bootcamp is a walking meditation series to remember where we came from and to gather strength for the road ahead. We celebrate Black stories and the lessons of our ancestors to help guide us through these uncertain times.
GirlTrek works to address race-based health outcomes—which are rooted in centuries of racial oppression and structural inequalities—that are killing Black women earlier than all other groups of American women. Equity, inclusivity, and belonging outdoors are critical for Black women: Our lives depend on it. Cultivating an understanding of the therapeutic properties (mental, physical, and emotional) of the outdoors and celebrating Black healing ultimately increases the life expectancy of Black women.
To learn more, visit https://www.girltrek.org