Tessa Mae Buono

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Equitable Visitation of National Parks

This research provides a deep dive into the lives of community organization leaders and National Park Service staff who work to promote diversity outdoors through hiking programs, the arts, advocacy, and more. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (outside of Los Angeles, California) is used as a case study to research the successes and challenges for more equitably distributing a park’s positive impacts on health and wellbeing to its adjacent communities. This research inquires questions around the sense of belonging, feeling welcome, and other factors that might impact one’s experience outdoors.

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