Working Towards Racial Equity Series

Building Capacity to Institutionalize Equity in Outdoor and Environmental Science Education

We invite you to apply for the newest cohort of Working Towards Racial Equity (WTRE), a three-year workshop series co-designed and co-facilitated by The Lawrence Hall of Science, Justice Outside, and Laura Rodriguez. This workshop series and associated research study support environmental and outdoor science organizations (including those dedicated to outdoor learning, environmental justice, environmental science, environmental literacy, youth development, and community development) to build capacity to foster equitable, inclusive, and culturally relevant work environments and organizations.

One of our key tenets is people-focused systems change. We know that long-term, systems level changes require individuals in the system to commit to authentic self-reflection and learning. Additionally, we center racial equity in our approach because we recognize that racism is at the heart of inequity in the environmental field and in the United States, broadly. Working towards racial equity will ultimately benefit every single person, including those with additional marginalized identities.

We are currently accepting applications for five, mid-sized (20-75ish staff) outdoor science organizations to participate over 3 years. The WTRE process will kick off with an in-person convening in February of 2025 and activities (both in-person and virtual) will continue through early 2028.

Organization applications are due May 1st, 2024 at noon PST.

Come and Say Hi!

We are offering multiple opportunities to learn more and to ask questions about the program and application process. If you need any support to participate in these zoom info sessions / open houses (for example, ASL interpretive service, or captions/transcription), please let us know in your registration!

WTRE Information Sessions

Come learn more about the program, meet some of the team, and walk through the application process. We highly encourage all interested applicants to attend. This session will be recorded and shared here for you to reference if you’re not able to attend the live event.

  • Thursday, April 11th 9-10am PST
  • Monday, April 22nd 1-2pm PST

WTRE Open House

In the process of applying? Bring your questions to an Open House Session with the WTRE team. The sessions will not be recorded, but the frequently asked questions and their answers will be shared here after the sessions. 

  • Thursday April 18th 2:30-3:30pm PST
  • Thursday April 25th 2:30-3:30pm PST


For question, please email