We Hike, Climb, Paddle, Bike, Camp, Run, Spend Time with family, amongst many others.
We facilitate multigenerational programming that serves families, college students, and general community members. Primarily we engage our community through our weekend outing programs, social events, technical skills workshops and through our various year-long cohorts.
We Clean, We Plant, We Maintain, We EDucate, We Advocate
In order for Soul Trak to enjoy our many adventures, there must also be stewards that care for the land that we utilize. It is important that we dedicate equal time to nurture the environment as we do for our leisure.
Bryon Ford is a native Washingtonian with a knack for the outdoors. His interests include: biking, hiking, paddling, jogging, frisbee, and exploring the great outdoors every chance he gets. He has a commitment to environmental change and understands increasing general interest in bettering our world is the only way to make change a priority. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and is currently receiving his M.Ed in Education Policy and Leadership from American University in Washington, DC.
Carmera Thomas-Wilhite began her environmental career as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member in its inaugural year in 2010. Carmera has a passion for raising awareness and inspiring others to be stewards of the land and water around the Chesapeake Bay region, where she grew up and resides. She likes to spend time with her family and friends, read and explore historic landmarks around the Bay watershed. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from North Carolina Wesleyan College. Carmera is also a Master Watershed Steward, member of the Anne Arundel County Citizen Environmental Commission and serves on various boards.
A D.C. native who grew to explore the city’s natural treasures, Maya’s love for the outdoors led her to pursue a degree in biology from Old Dominion University which she completed in 2018. With her degree and her skills gained from the environmental leadership cohort, she hopes to become a leader in environmental education and outdoor recreation. “My ultimate goal in life is to bridge the gap between people of color and nature. Representation matters and I want to be that and be a part of creating more opportunities for people of color in the outdoor space.
Joshelyn Smith is an “Affrilachian” scholar and advocate who was born and raised in southern Ohio. She has conducted research surrounding environmental justice movements that examine the intersectionality of environmental degradation in BIPOC communities. Fueling her love for cultural affairs and transnational and service projects, Joshelyn completed a master's in Public Anthropology from American University. Throughout those three years, she conducted research in Kenya and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji. In joining SoulTrak’s inaugural Environmental Leadership Cohort, Joshelyn hopes to gain a stronger network of environmentally conscious BIPOC stewards in the greater D.C. area.
As a member of Soul Trak’s Environmental Leadership Cohort, Tiera Douglas, of Temple Hills, Maryland incorporates family activities and participation. Tiera loves to climb and pushes herself and get her family to get active outdoors as often as possible. You can watch what she’s up to next on her Instagram page @Tiera.PrettyPerfect.
Kyree is a Montgomery County local, who attended MCPS before earning his Bachelors in Biology and Philosophy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Upon graduation, he returned to Montgomery County to further his interest in eco-conservation and sustainable healthcare systems development, while having gained over six years experience as a health and wellness administrator at the local, state, and federal levels. Kyree remains active as a volunteer horticultural educator in his community as a concurrent Master Gardener/Naturalist, and also balances an active lifestyle by incorporating regular mindfulness practices such as musical therapy, deep stretching, forest bathing, and maintaining a healthy diet based upon consuming organic & locally grown foods.
His shift to more directly addressing racial equity and social justice began in early 2019 after he was brought into IMPACT Silver Spring’s network as a fitness and soccer coach for the organization's sports program. As a Black Indigenous Person of Color, Kyree's focus has been on helping his student-athletes navigate through complex discussions of racial identity. These intimate experiences of collaborating with local community residents, and life science educators to raise collective wellbeing have served as the driving force in his career, guiding him to most recently assume the role of Community Organizer for the Montgomery County Racial Equity (MORE) Network - an organization designed to dismantle racist systems will improving equitable outcomes for all residents within Montgomery Co through ensuring successful implementation of the County's Racial Equity and Social Justice Act.
I am a self proclaimed Afrikan born in amerikkka and proud mother of four amazing earthlings. I was born in California, now residing in the DMV. I have been blessed to have walked and sometimes biked in 14 of the 54 countries in Africa; through the hills of Guatemala; on the streets of Canada and all across amerikkka. I am lovingly called Faith Walker and Sistah Goddess Earth Mother by my family of friends, you may call me t.fox. I look forward to Soul Traking with you in 2021. peace
I think of myself as an admirer of nature. As an upside to the 2020 pandemic, I was fortunate to spend more time outdoors exploring DMV area trails. This led to me inviting friends to the trail and to an increased desire to discover more. I am passionate about positioning the outdoors as a meeting space, and the increased representation of Black people in nature. Currently a student within the practice of human-centered design, my goal is to use what I learn to help erase inequities in the outdoors. I am very excited to begin this journey with SoulTrak!
Environmental Leadership Cohort
The Environmental Leadership Cohort (ELC) will be comprised of leaders from the greater DC Metro area, representing a wide variety of environmental interests and a diverse range of personal and professional backgrounds. This cohort will actively serve a 12-month commitment within the program from January to December 2022, focusing on stewardship initiatives, community organizing, and leadership development. Additional programming will include workshops on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, professional development, and grassroots activism with the end goal of delivering tangible community and environmental impact.
Program Highlights and Responsibilities
Each ELC fellow will:
· Facilitate various outdoor adventures: day and overnight trips including hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, biking, camping, service trips, etc.
· Participate in training workshops aimed at enhancing various outdoor technical skills and environmental knowledge
· Develop individual blog content for "Quarantined in Nature" series
· Produce vlog and social media content on outings
· Individually and/or with other fellows, facilitate social sustainability projects for communities of color
· Collectively conceive and execute two large initiatives across the program in which each fellow engages external BIPOC community members in achieving larger sustainability goals
· Develop and demonstrate social and environmental leadership skills over the course of the program
· Mentor Soul Trak youth and college volunteers/participants
Benefits for Participants
· Learn or deepen skills in rock climbing, paddling, camping, outdoor cooking, trail maintenance, water cleaning, invasive species, and plant life training, social sustainability, and urban gardening
· Ability to earn certification in First Aid/CPR, Belay, Leave No Trace, and Single Pitch Instructor, among other areas
· Expert-led professional development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training sessions
· Develop a broader network of BIPOC peers and mentees in the DC Metro community
. Group facilitation experience in an environmental context.
Ideal ELC Fellows Will Have:
· Completion of undergraduate degree and/or equivalent professional experience or outdoor expertise
· Comfortable pursuing hands-on service and recreational initiatives in year-round weather.
· Ability to commit to 2 meetings a month across a 12-month period (Wednesday and Saturday meetings with some overnight commitments)
· Strong cultural competency and ability to work in diverse groups, with a commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion
· Demonstrated engagement in the community or outdoor initiatives, ideally involving equity and access initiatives
· Comfortable planning and facilitating outdoor activities for community members
· Some familiarity or mastery of outdoor fitness activities or environmental sustainability strategies preferred
Application Deadline is Dec 11th at 11:55pm
Soul Trak’s Annual membership is a great way to begin supporting the different youth and collegiate programming at Soul Trak. Membership fee helps support activities, programming supplies supplies, and food for our younger Soultrakers. It also gets you really cool benefits for our adult outings and events!
Soul Trak Membership - $75 Annual Fee: