They encountered bias and obstacles as they pursued science careers. Inspired by their experiences, Sprinavasa Brown and Dr. Kellianne Richardson – two women of color – founded Camp ELSO in 2015 to provide Black and Brown children in greater Portland with opportunities to explore nature and environmental professions. Brown shares her journey and offers advice to White environmentalists and nature educators.
Learn more about Camp ELSO, other parks and nature news, and find fun nature classes and events in the spring 2019 issue of Our Big Backyard, Metro's quarterly parks and nature magazine.
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