A conversation with Josie Gutierrez and Bianca Guevara will make you believe anything is possible—especially when the following are in play: 1) a passion for the outdoors, 2) a love of community, and 3) the hard work of dedicated volunteers. Both Gutierrez and Guevara are leaders in Latino Outdoors (LO) Texas, an organization that inspires, connects, and engages Latino communities in the outdoors and envisions a world where all Latino communities enjoy nature as a safe, inclusive, and welcoming place.
Both native San Antonians with a lifelong love of being outside, these volunteers each found a different path to LO Texas. For Gutierrez, who grew up on film sets with her father—a prominent and pioneering Chicano filmmaker—impassioned advocacy for the Latino community was as commonplace as making cameos in her dad’s movies or traveling the film circuit, though Gutierrez says she didn’t recognize the significance of it until later.
Read more from Claire Campbell with Texas Land Conservancy here.