15. Melodie Mendez, Latino Outdoors NYC
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Episode 15 features the insightful and engaging Melodie Mendez, outdoors advocate, public relations specialist, NYC Chapter Leader of Latino Outdoors, and all around lovely human being! Mel(odie), a Harlem-resident and NYC native, takes Mel(issa), a once suburbanite now Brooklynite, on a meandering walk all around the beautiful North Woods and Ravine in Manhattan’s Central Park. 


Throughout their walk, they talk about all-things diversity, equity, and inclusion and how to work toward a better future at both the individual level and in broader society. Melodie is super passionate about lifting-up and representing her Latinx community and other marginalized populations in the outdoors space, and talks about why that matters, especially now in a post-pandemic world.


Mel and Mel also get to geek out a bit on the Appalachian Trail, some NYC fun facts, and some of the extra challenges it takes to be an outdoorsy New Yorker. Please excuse their occasional running out of breath while walking and talking up of some of Harlem’s most notorious hills – they managed to give each other grace throughout and have a bunch of laughs – so here’s hoping you enjoy their walk too!




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Latino Outdoors New York City Chapter – Facebook

Latino Outdoors New York City Chapter – Instagram

Latino Outdoors National Organization - Website

iNaturalist — app and website

Central Park


Reclama / Cindy Ramirez – Instagram

Melanin Base Camp – Instagram

All Colors in Nature – Instagram

New York Outdoor Recreation Coalition

Lenape Nation

Yonkers Running Project – Instagram

Boogie Down Bronx Runners – Instagram

Harlem Run – Instagram

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