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Ever Wonder How to Become a JEDI Knight?

Well now is your time to join the force and fight for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) on our trails!

It likely comes as little surprise that our trails community does not currently include the full spectrum of people it could. Charles Thomas, executive director of Outward Bound Adventures, is the Obi Wan of JEDI Trail Knights with 40 years of experience bringing more diversity to our trails. At the 2019 International Trails Symposium he spoke about the understanding and motivation to help make trails a transformative place for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

At the 2019 International Trails Symposium and Training Institute we invited Charles Thomas of Outward Bound Adventures to speak on JEDI, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Now more than ever it is important we heed this message and take a deep and meaningful look at how we can make the outdoors truly a safe and welcoming space for all. The full video of Thomas's talk can be seen below.

Published June 2020

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