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Embracing Backyard Adventures as a Path to Outdoor Equity

Updated: Feb 23

When we talk about outdoor equity and breaking down barriers to outdoor access, the first step is introducing people to the most accessible resources available - their local outdoor spaces and activities. Local spaces and excursions require a little less effort and can serve as the perfect starting point for individuals to dip their toes into the world of outdoor exploration. After all, the goal is to get more people outdoors, helping them discover their own style of adventure. Outdoor experiences can be healing, all while inspiring greater engagement with conservation initiatives and the protection of our precious public spaces.

Los Angeles, a city known for its bustling urban life, might not immediately strike you as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. From the expansive beaches stretching from Malibu to Redondo Beach to the iconic Griffith Park and Observatory, from the Santa Monica Mountains to the sprawling foothills along the Angeles National Forest, there's something for everyone if you know where to look. The key is to explore and discover the richness of outdoor experiences right in your backyard.

This photoshoot does just that: it encapsulates the essence of a local trail and captures the pure joy of being outdoors. We hope to continue inspiring others to step out and explore. The images tell a story of silliness and happiness, reminiscent of the carefree days of childhood when splashing in puddles on a rainy day brought endless delight.

Our local adventurers, Karlton and Lydia, epitomize the spirit of embracing local outdoor opportunities. Karlton, a community leader with #AdidasRunnersLA, embodies the idea that outdoor adventures are for everyone. His passion for backpacking and travel, combined with his dedication to the local community, serves as an inspiration for others to explore their own backyard. Lydia, a fellow creative and documentarian, creates beautiful short films focused on highlighting local stories and community initatives. She also loves spending her free time outdoors and constantly inspires more people in her community to get out and explore.

We hope that these images serve as a reminder that the outdoors is not just a place to hike, climb, or run, but also a canvas upon which we can paint our own stories of joy, friendship, and discovery. Whether it's a spontaneous dip in a creek, a playful race along a trail, or a shared moment of wonder at nature's marvels, the fun of getting out and doing something is at the heart of every adventure. As we celebrate the joy of discovering these hidden treasures, we invite you to embark on your own local adventure, wherever that may be. Start small, explore the familiar, and let the spirit of curiosity guide you. Outdoor equity begins at home, in our local communities, and with the simple act of stepping outside to explore.


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