About the Project
@BrownPeopleCamping is a social media initiative that utilizes personal narratives and digital storytelling to promote greater diversity in our public lands and outdoors community.
We believe in the power of storytelling. Stories that empower people of every background to experience the outdoors, and stories that build a diverse community of people who will challenge the barriers that stand in the way of all Americans accessing and enjoying our nation’s natural heritage.
You can follow our storytelling journey through our main Instagram account, @BrownPeopleCamping.
Ambreen Tariq is the founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, which she launched in August 2016 in celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial. Ambreen utilizes storytelling to share how her life experiences as a Muslim, South-Asian American immigrant female have shaped her love for the outdoors; to reflect more openly on the role privilege plays in enabling us to enjoy the outdoors; and to promote more passionately for everyone to experience and enjoy the outdoors in their own authentic ways. She strives to achieve these goals in order to help grow our community of people who, having developed personal connections to the environment, will feel invested in protecting it and advocating for its future wellbeing.
Ambreen is a non-practicing attorney who works for the federal government in Washington, DC; she runs @BrownPeopleCamping outside of her day job. Through @BrownPeopleCamping, Ambreen has collaborated with various partners in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry to promote diversity in the outdoors. She is a Brand Ambassador for Merrell and Airstream and formerly for REI. She is also the co-founder of Outdoor Muslims and holds voluntary Board Member positions with the non-profit organizations City Kids Wilderness Project and Green Muslims.
Photo Credit: Paulina Dao