Garfield County Libraries are teaming up with Basalt Regional Library to host James Edwards Mills for our second event in this year's Spring Lecture Series. James Edwards Mills will discuss how our nation’s wild places belong to all Americans, but not all of us use these resources equally. Minority populations are much less likely to see recreation, adventure, and solace in our wilderness spaces. Bridging this “adventure gap” often requires role models who can inspire the uninitiated to experience and enjoy wild places.
James Edward Mills is a freelance journalist and an independent media producer. In a career that spans more than 20 years, he specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living. The difference in usage is addressed in his book, The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. Once new visitors are there, a love affair often follows. This is important because as our country grows increasingly multicultural, our natural legacy will need the devotion of people of all races and ethnicities to steward its care.