2018 Force Awards Participation Winner

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY

AFRICAN AMERICAN NATURE AND PARKS EXPERIENCE

VASQUE

PATAGONIA

The American Hiking Society and Teresa Baker of African American Nature & Parks Experience, with support from Vasque and Patagonia, created the Hike Like a Girl Weekend, an event-anchored campaigned aimed at encouraging more women to get out on hiking trails to feel empowered enough to commit to solo hikes or determined enough to organize group hikes in their communities.

“It is only through collaborations that we begin to build meaningful relationships in the outdoors,” said Teresa Baker, founder of the African American Nature & Parks Experience. “The Hike Like a Girl campaign is one such collaboration that can help bridge the gap between audiences that are currently enjoying these outdoor spaces and audiences that may be somewhat hesitant.”

“American Hiking Society is honored to receive the Together We Are a Force Outdoor Participation Award, alongside Vasque and Patagonia, to support Teresa Baker’s African American Nature & Parks Experience Hike Like a Girl Weekend,” explains Kate Van Waes, executive director of American Hiking Society. “Through this collaboration, American Hiking Society was able to amplify the event, ultimately increasing the participation of women and girls on the trail and highlighting the need for equality in the outdoor community.”

2018 recipient of Together We Are a Force Award

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