Wild Diversity
Wild Diversity
  • Welcome to Wild Diversity! Outdoor Adventures for POC & LGBTQ Communities.

    About Us

    You Are Welcome


    Wild Diversity is a project that elevates people of color & the queer community in the outdoors. We also offer resources to queer, minority and low income youth. We are here to provide a safe and welcoming space for our community to explore outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

    Fire Building & Safety

    In this fire workshop you will get a better understanding of the fire triangle; learn fire safety; be able to identify useful fuels in nature and at home; and use multiple techniques and resources to build fires. 

    Location: TBA

    Date: August 19, 2018

    Time: 11am-2pm

    Cost: Sliding Scale $5-35. Pay what you can. If you can pay more please do. 

    What You’ll Need to Bring: Please bring a pocket knife and an extra one to share! 

    Be prepared to spend time on the ground. Wear comfortable non-synthetic clothing if possible. Eat lunch before class or bring snacks. 

    Workshop Leader: Holland

    Get Paddling

    Discover the Columbia River with us! Learn paddling basic and explore wild river islands. 

    Meeting Location: Leaven Community Center - 5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR

    Date: Sunday, August 26th 

    Start Time: 8:00am at our meeting location. We will meet to carpool to our launching point about an hour away. Please let us know if you can help provide transportation.

    End Time: We plan to be back at our meeting location between 5:30-6:00pm.

    Cost: Sliding Scale $5-40. Pay what you can. If you can pay more please do. 

    Experience Needed: None! Moderate Fitness (think walking, easy biking, or swimming) and comfort with the water is encouraged. You do not need to be a swimmer, or have strong water skills as will be wearing life jackets at all time while on the water.

    What You’ll Need to Bring: 

    - Clothes you do not mind getting wet (preferably non-cotton as once wet, gets cold and uncomfortable instead of drying). Active clothes or swimwear is perfect. 

    - Shoes you do not mind getting wet. On shore we may encounter many things, so we recommend water shoes or water sandals (ideally not flip flops) to protect our feet; tennis shoes or sneakers are good options too. - Sun protection: hats, sunglasses, sunscreen etc. 

    - Any medications you need

    - Water (at least 1L, or a couple of small bottles)

    - Lunch that can be packed into a small bag and snacks if you’d like.

    - A change of clothes, shoes and a towel that we will leave in the car to be nice and dry for the end of day!

    Beginner's Backpacking Trip

    September 1st-3rd: This trip is great for beginners and seasoned hikers alike.  Learn the basics, from packing your pack to backcountry cooking. All while being a good steward of the outdoors.

    POC Centered Backpacking Trip

    September 6-9th: This backpacking trip is for the absolute beginner, and or the seasoned hiker. Learn the basic skills of packing, map reading, camp set up, backcountry cooking, and sleeping under the stars. 

    Paddling Weekend Trip

    Wild Diversity supports POC and LGBTQ communities in the outdoors. This community lead backpacking trip creates safer spaces within our adventure group and cultivates community. This trip is great for beginners or seasoned outdoorist. This will be a unique opportunity to learn the river, navigate through the water and back country camp on river islands. We can teach you the basics of packing your pack, paddling, backcountry cooking all while being a good steward of the outdoors. 

    Paddling Route: Columbia River, launch location is Beaver Boat Ramp & Park in Clatskanie

    Meeting Location: Leaven Community Center

    Start Date: September 14, 2018

    Meeting Time: 1:00PM

    End Date: September 16, 2018

    End Time: 4:00P

    Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

    Cost: $275 (Scholarships are available)

    Includes: Transportation to boat launch, permits, food, packs, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, and utensils

    You’ll Need to Bring: Personal clothing, footwear or toiletries – detailed list will be sent

    No prior experience needed. This will be an easy to moderate trip. Comfort with water is a plus but not required. You will have life vest on while on the water. 

    Once you register we will connect with you over the phone. You will receive more information and will be able to ask more questions to better prepare you for this paddle weekend trip. 

    Challenging Backpacking Trip

    September 28th-30th: This backpacking trip is for more active folks. You don't have to be an experienced backpacker but you do have to be ready for some physical challenges. 

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