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Justin Forrest Parks

Grassroots Athlete - Outdoor Research & Co-founder, Sending In Color


Justin Forrest Parks is a passionate rock climber, mountaineer, outdoor enthusiast and community advocate born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. His mission is to celebrate diversity in outdoors and collaborate with communities to encourage, promote and amplify the stories and narratives from People of the Global Majority, women and transgender individuals, the LGBTQ2IA+ community and folxs with disabilities; to inspire our fellow sisters, brothers and siblings to venture into and engage with wild spaces. He has worked alongside the American Alpine Club, Chicago Mountaineering Club, Sierra Club, Access Fund, Outdoor Research and NOLS to help find ways to make adventure sports and outdoor communities more equitable, inclusive and welcoming to all. Justin is the Co-founder of Sending in Color and a Coalition Member at Diversify Outdoors. You can usually find him exploring abandoned buildings, talking with friendly strangers, or reading a million books about a billion things.

*Available for speaking engagements