Latino Outdoors is a national organization dedicated to creating conservation and outdoor recreation spaces specifically for the Latinx community. They want to start a chapter in Wyoming.
Cassie Castillo, the Laramie ambassador, said the people she works with feel left out of the hiking and camping world. She is partnering with the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference at the University of Wyoming in October to bring more visibility to the organization.
“For a long time, our stories have been, I wouldn’t say, ignored, but they haven’t been highlighted. That way we’re taking some of that back and making sure we have that space for our stories to be reflected in that outdoor culture,” she said.
Castillo said the idea behind starting a chapter is to build a community of Latinx people in Wyoming. She often said that she was the only person of color in those outside areas.
“The need[s] to redefine what it means to be outside. We come together to create more space for Latinx identities, to engage and participate, and to be welcome in nature in the diverse abilities that are part of our culture, part of our legacy, our heritage,” she said.
Snake training by WYO Parks staff Summer 2022 at Sinks Canyon.
Last weekend, Castillo ran a Latinx camping trip in Sinks Canyon near Lander. The group learned about first aid and how to act when dealing with native wildlife such as snakes. The event was sponsored by Wyoming Parks and Recreation. The participants even come from Denver.