A RACE DIRECTOR’S GUIDE FOR

COMMUNITY BUILDING &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

EXISTING RESOURCES

There are many resources available to educate and help race directors interested in incorporating community building and environmental stewardship into trail running events. To simplify and expedite finding this information, Runners for Public Lands and the Council for Responsible Sport have compiled the following list of existing resources in one centralized location. We recognize that this is not a comprehensive list and encourage our community to recommend additional resources that we can include by clicking here [insert link].

No resource below should be understood as the opinion or work of Runners for Public Lands or the Council for Responsible Sport unless specified as such.

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Resources on Belonging, Inclusivity and Diversity
Resources on Indigenous Community Collaboration and Land Acknowledgement
Resources on Natural History
  • Check out Natural History Guidebooks about your local public lands and trail systems at your local library, independent bookstore, or outdoor retailer. 
  • Public Lands in the United State: A Curriculum (The Wilderness Society)
  • Visit the United State Forest Service website and use the “Find a Forest” tool to link to your local National Forest’s site for information about the land, cultural history and links to other resources. 
  • If your race is with a National Park, Forest, Recreation Area, Scenic Trail or National Monument, stop into the visitor center to chat with knowledgeable volunteers or staff. You may also visit the National Park Service’s Find a Park tool to find site specific websites that contain resources and information relevant to the areas and trails you use. 
  • Visit State, County, and Locally managed parks and preserve websites and/or visitor centers for information, resources and to meet local naturalists and land stewards.
  • There are numerous National, Regional, and local non-profit groups and clubs that have natural history resources available online and at local officers or visitor centers. Some example of include:
  • Local land trusts and conservancies preserve public lands and are a great source of information about the natural ecosystems in your area. Consider attending some events to learn more and to meet the staff and volunteers.
  • Natural History Museums are a great and fun place to visit to learn more about natural history in your area and beyond.
Environmental Stewardship