About KIW

History/Background

Keeping it Wild was created in 2005 by several Atlanta citizen-advocates who perceived the need to bring together members of diverse conservation communities in order to promote better stewardship for the natural lands in our area.

What We Do, How We Accomplish Our Mission

We connect diverse individuals and families to the land and each other by encouraging hands-on experiences through hikes, outings, educational opportunities and community-building partnerships.

The Keeping it Wild Board of Directors includes Atlanta community leaders as well as representatives from local grassroots groups and leading regional and national conservation organizations.

The Keeping It Wild hikes and outings program provides opportunities for visiting local, state and national parks, exploring Georgia’s rivers through snorkeling, rafting, and canoeing, as well as hiking, backpacking, and camping in some of the Southeast’s wildest places.

Our seminar series features scholars and conservation community leaders from across the country, with a special focus on the perspectives of African Americans and other people of color.  They are offered in partnership with Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, Emory University, and other educational institutions and community organizations.

In the past, the Keeping It Wild Gala has featured inspirational keynote speakers such as Congressman John Lewis (2005), Charles Jordan, Chairman of the Board of the Conservation Fund (2006), Majora Carter, founder and Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx, (2007), Jerome Ringo, President of the Apollo Alliance (2008), Jaime Pinkham of Archibald Bush Foundation (2009), and Shelton Johnson, a National Park Ranger and author of Gloryland (2010).