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

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.

Upcoming events

Food Fight Grocery- 10% Day for Wild Diversity!

Date: All November & Nov 25th


Food Fight is  dedicating November to s for Wild Diversity, so stop by any time and leave a cash tip!  100% of "tips" will go to Wild Diversity all month! Also, on November 25th, 10% of all sales at Food Fight will be donated to Wild Diversity!  

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Karaoke Night at Waypost

November 7 

Time: 7:00PM

Location: Waypost - 3120 N Williams Ave


Join us for happy hour and singing! Get to know us, grab the mic or cheer on new friends! Come belt it out with us!

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PJs & Movies

November 11th

Location: Leaven Community, 5431 NE
Cost: Sliding Scale $1-$35 Donation


As the weather changes, it is time to get cozy in relax. Join us for half a day of just that. Come in your warm and cozy PJs, we don’t care. Eat snacks, brings snacks, dream warm drinks, just chill with us!


Movies & Times:
2:00PM - Moana - little ones welcome - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKFuXETZUsI
4:00PM - Pride - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsFY0wHpR5o
6:00PM - Girls Trip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jE61BzKmgQ


What to Bring: Whatever you need to be cozy: blankets, pillows, sleeping pads. Bring snacks to share and warm drinks if you can, we’ll have some to share too!

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Bird Walk - Audubon Portland

November 17th 

Bird Watch Location: Sauvie's Island
Meeting Location: Leaven Community Center
Meeting Time: 8:00AM
End Time: 1:00PM
Cost: Sliding Scale $5-$35 Donation


Join Portland Audubon expert birders Greg Smith and Candace Larson on a 3-hour birdwatching excursion on beautiful Sauvie Island, where we will seek out a diverse array of wintering raptors, geese, cranes and songbirds. We'll make multiple stops in various habitats as we learn the basics of bird ecology and identification. Beginners welcome, binoculars provided!

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Winter Hair Oils - DIY Gifts Series

November 18th

As the seasons change, our hair needs a little more TLC. Learn about conditioning oils and how to make them on your own. Participants will leave with their own brew that they made in class.


DIY Gifts Series are workshops helping you to get creative with your gifting this holiday season. It centers around herbs and self care. It will make a great gift for yourself on someone else. They are POC lead and open to POC and LGBTQ folks.


Location: Leaven Community Center, 5431 NE 20th Ave
Start Date: November 18th
Time: 2:30PM-5:00PM
Workshop Leader: Tonya
Cost: Sliding Scale $5-$35, if you can contribute more please do and allow lower priced registration for those who need it.

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Black Friday Un-Climb Night

November 23rd

As a part of the BIPOC or LGBTQ communities, we invite you to un-learn everything you have experienced with climbing culture and be a part of building a community centered around you. Let’s create something new, foster an environment of learning, and climb!


Wild Diversity seeks to support BIPOC and LGBTQ folks in the outdoors with community and shared experiences. We love our allies but please respect the space we are trying to create for these communities. Allies may support our activities by sharing it with or purchasing scholarships for BIPOC & LGBTQ folks.


Location: Mazamas - 527 SE 43rd Ave
Start Date: November 23rd
Time: 4pm-6pm
Cost: Sliding Scale $10 NOTAFLOF
What is provided: Harness, shoes and climbing equipment.
What You’ll Need to Bring: Any personal gear you prefer.

Register so we know you are coming. Donate at the door, pay online
Looking for belay volunteers!

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Day Hike - Tryon Creek

November 24th

Opt for the open air of nature this Saturday! Join us on a cool November hike at Tryon Creek. Get in the groove that the beauty of the wet and cold isn’t something to just stay inside for. Bypass the shopping lines and head out into the forest with us!


Hiking Location: Tryon Creek  

Meeting Location: Leaven Community, 5431 NE 20th Ave 

Date: November 24th 

Time: 9:00AM 

End Time: 1:00PM 

Cost: Sliding Scale $5-$35 Donation 

Trip Leader: Tracie


This will be an easy morning hike. Tryon Creek is located about 30 minutes south from Leaven.  

 

You’ll Need to Bring: Whatever you need to bring to stay comfortable and dry for a day hike. Appropriate shoes, warm layers, rain layers, warm hat, gloves. Water bottle and a snacks. 

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Body Butters - DIY Gifts Series

December 1st

Learn how to make lotion bars and whipped body butters that are ultra moisturizing and completely natural. Pamper and nourish your skin. Leave the workshop with a lotion bar and body butter in unscented or lavender.


DIY Gifts Series are workshops helping you to get creative with your gifting this holiday season. It centers around herbs and self care. It will make a great gift for yourself on someone else. They are POC lead and open to POC and LGBTQ folks.  


Location: Leaven Community Center, 5431 NE 20th Ave Start 

Date: December 1st 

Time: 3:00PM-5:00PM 

Workshop Leader: Tracie 

Cost: Sliding Scale $5-$35 if you can contribute more please do and allow lower priced registration for those who need it. 

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Salts & Sugars - DIY Gifts Series

December 3rd

Exfoliators are fun to use. They scrub away dry skin, leave the skin smooth or just give the skin a euphoric feeling. In this workshop we will make oil based or cleansing based salt and sugar scrubs to take home. We will also make bath salts potions for soaking and relaxation.


DIY Gifts Series are workshops helping you to get creative with your gifting this holiday season. It centers around herbs and self care. It will make a great gift for yourself on someone else. They are POC lead and open to POC and LGBTQ folks.


Location: Leaven Community Center, 5431 NE 20th Ave
Start Date: December 3rd
Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM
Workshop Leader: Mercy
Cost: Sliding Scale $5-$35, if you can contribute more please do and allow lower priced registration for those who need it.

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Herbs for Self Care - DIY Gifts Series

December 10th

As we prepare for settling into winter in the PNW, how can we better care for our bodies and nervous systems during troubling times? PLUS the Holidaze?! Ughh. How do we find time to allow our bodies to settle and heal themselves in a busy, scary world?


Location: Leaven Community Center, 5431 NE 20th Ave

Date: December 10th 

Time:  6:00PM-7:30PM 

Cost: Sliding Scale $5-$35, if you can contribute more please do and allow lower priced registration for those who need it.


Have you been searching for new ways to balance your energy and soothe fatigue or pain, (aka tossing or limiting coffee and ibuprofen?) We’ve gotchu! This 90-minute class will explore the basic principles of utilizing medicinal herbs Internally to care for Self. We will also be addressing and examining things from a multi-cultural perspective, acknowledging the harmfulness of cultural appropriation and racism within the Western herbalist viewpoint often prioritized in white-led spaces  

In this lecture-style class, we will go over basic definitions of tinctures, Tea infusions, Decoction, Vinegars, Syrup, Flower and essences. In addition to giving a “101” style overview of internal herbal applications, we will explore and provide samples of a variety of Adaptogenic and Nervine herbs! Come get to know some more common herbs that grow all around Portland, as well as more “obscure” herbs that you may not have heard of before! 


By the end of this class, participants will have knowledge of:

- Some basics of how to make herbal remedies for internal use - what herbs to add to your toolkit to survive the winter (mentally & physically) 

- Creating a self-care routine and building a healthier relationship with body, mind & spirit 

 

Written hand-outs, and tea and tincture samples will be provided. If you have herbs that you love to work with that you would like to share in class, please bring them! (Dried, fresh, or tinctured is okay) 


Single herb & blended tinctures & other products will be available for purchase at the end of class, from Manatee Medicinals and Stephanie Dunx!!

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Ugly Holiday Sweater Snowshoe - Sponsored by Next Adventure

December 15th 

Wild Diversity and the Venture Out Project team up once again for a fun day in the snow. We will shuttle up and snowshoe down from Timberline Lodge to Government Camp. In the end we will have warm drinks in Government Camp to celebrate the winter season. This snowshoe is perfect for those new to it and for those who want to build community with us. We will carpool up to Mt Hood. We have about 15 snowshoes that we can loan for this event!


Wild Diversity seeks to support both BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and LGBTQ communities in the outdoors. We love our allies and we appreciate your respect for the safe space we are trying to create. Allies may support our activities by sharing it with or purchasing scholarships for BIPOC & LGBTQ folks. 


Meeting Location: Leaven Community Center, 5431 NE 20th Ave
Start Date: December 15th
Meeting Time: 9:30AM
Expected Return Time: 6:00PM
Cost: Sliding Scale $5-$35, if you can contribute more please do and allow lower priced registration for those who need it.


You’ll Need to Bring:
- Winter boots hiking boots (or waterproof boots)
- Warm layers, Rain jacket/pants, warm gloves, warm hat
- Change of clothes OPTIONAL- its nice to have a dry set for the trip back.
-Bring a packed lunch and snacks or money we are stopping for warm drinks.
- Water bottle

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Past Events

October 28: Haunted House Field Trip

October 21: Fall Mushroom Foraging

September 28-30: Car Camping

September 22: Get Paddling 

September 15: Bird Walk with Portland Audubon

September 14-16: Paddling Weekend Trip 

September 10: Un-Climb Night 

September 6-9: POC Centered Backpacking Trip 

September 1-3: Beginner Backpacking Trip 

August 19: Basic Fire Building 

August 6: Un-Climb Night 

August 1: Archery Night 

July 15: Wild at the Coast 

Proud to be fiscally sponsored by the Venture Out Project. This means donations are tax-deductible!