Katina Grays: A Day in the Life of the Trail Conference

January 21, 2018
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Katina Grays: A Day in the Life of the Trail Conference


Trail Conference Role: Member Club Representative

“The outdoors belongs to all of us, but for some people of color, the outdoors is a complex thing,” says Katina Grays. Katina, who lives in Harlem, is the NYC Volunteer Leader for Outdoor Afro, a national non-profit that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. She is passionate about building an inclusive community for people to connect in and with nature, working to dissuade any fears of the outdoors.

The New York City chapter of Outdoor Afro joined the Trail Conference as a member club in early 2017; Katina has led several hikes with the Trail Conference, and is always up for bringing outdoor adventure—from backpacking to archery—to her members. She believes in creating cultural outdoor experiences that are accessible—95 percent of their events are reachable by public transit—as well as meaningful: Outdoor Afro has organized healing hikes after social injustice crises. “My favorite part of my work is building a deep and restorative community where we can connect within nature to heal and reflect or just go out and have some fun,” she says.