Know the Past, Change the Future – The History of Public Lands and Recreation

When:  Mar 13, 2024 from 13:00 to 14:15 (MT)

Public lands are the playgrounds for many recreationalists and the places where much of our work as recreation professionals is focused. While public lands are valuable assets, the history of how these places came to be can often contribute to people, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, feeling like they don’t belong in these spaces. In this webinar, we’ll explore how conservation history shapes land protection and recreation management practices today and ways that we can create welcoming spaces through inclusive recreation management practices.  

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will understand how early attitudes and values shaped land conservation and access. 

  • Participants will be able to identify an example of how recreation planning practices have contributed to outdoor spaces as inaccessible and/or exclusive. 

  • Participants will be able to identify an example of a recreation planning practice that creates an inclusive outdoor space where people feel they belong. 


  • Liz Vogel, The Wilderness Society
  • Sharon Musa, The Wilderness Society
  • Rachel Franchina, Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

SORP is excited to partner with American Trails and offer free learning credits to attendees. American Trails is a certified provider and can offer the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities: AICP CM, LA CES, NRPA CEU Equivalency Petition, and CEU/PDH Equivalency Petition for other accepting organizations.

If you need any accommodations for SORP programs, please contact us.

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Rachel Franchina


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