Challenging the ‘Single Story’ of the Outdoors, Conservation, and Recreation


Challenging the ‘Single Story’ of the Outdoors, Conservation, and Recreation - Online Classroom

Evening webinar on disrupting the 'single story' of the outdoors to create belonging. Facilitated by Running Grass of Three Circles. This session will be online only.

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  • Casual

6:30-8:30pm via Zoom Meeting
Meeting link will be sent to registered attendees a day or two before the session.

Workshop Description

There is a ‘single story’ at the root of the meaning we’ve made of the outdoors, conservation, and our recreation in those environments. That single story, we’re coming to understand, has limited our ability to relate to those defined out of the story. This interactive workshop will explore the ‘single story’ that defines our work, our play, and the disrupting narratives of diversity, equity, and inclusion that are shifting the boundaries, power, margin, and center. Using appreciative inquiry and other critical approaches, attendees will extend their ability for personal reflection, practice strategies for facilitating DEI conversations, explore DEI applications to The Mountaineers, and share resources for continue learning. Several short readings and a film clip will be assigned in advance, and participants will be sent a brief pre-workshop survey to help inform the content of the session.

Running Grass is director of Three Circles Center which, since 1989, works on bringing multicultural perspectives and practices to environmental and outdoor education. He is also a senior lecturer in the Urban Environmental Education Program at Antioch University, Seattle, where his focus is on multicultural education, critical pedagogy, and multicultural environmental leadership. His interest in the  outdoors took shape during an Outward Bound course in 1969 and was deepened at Dartmouth Outward Bound in 1974. Please see the Three Circles website for more information:

Category: Equity & Inclusion


This seminar will be delivered online as a Zoom meeting. You will need access to a computer with a speaker and camera, as well as high-speed internet. Information about how to log-on to the Zoom meeting will be sent a day or two before the session.


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Several short readings and a film clip will be assigned in advance. Please come prepared for discussion.

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