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Pamela Slaughter

Founder of "People of Color Outdoors" & "People of Color Outdoors Guardians"

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Pamela Slaughter Biography

Pamela Slaughter is the Founder and Executive Director of People of Color Outdoors. People of Color Outdoors (POCO) is a non-profit with a mission to help Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) gain access to natural spaces, outdoor skills, education, as well as health and wellness practices.

POCO also hosts an environmental educational program for K-5th graders called People of Color Outdoor Guardians, a cohort of kayak paddle leaders, and a cohort of sensory walk leaders. When Pamela Slaughter was a single parent years ago, hiking with her young children, her family experienced being harassed by racist skinheads on two different occasions. It was traumatic for her and her young children.

As a result, Slaughter felt safer limiting their time outdoors to experiencing nature in city parks, or in planned groups even though Slaughter and her children were always the only Black family present. Slaughter and her children were reluctant to spend time in nature out without the security of a group, even if the group wasn’t always welcoming. The family never ventured out as “explorers” on their own again.

Years later, Slaughter was present when her young grandson, the only Black child at summer day camp, experienced racism in what was supposed to be a safe, group setting. That prompted Slaughter to look for a way to enjoy safely enjoy nature. She found Outdoor Afro, and was excited to start a chapter in Portland that she led for 2½ years before stepping away from the role.

Slaughter had become increasingly aware that all BIPOC were regularly experiencing racism while in natural spaces in Oregon while leading Outdoor Afro Portland. In 2017, Slaughter started what is now the non-profit People of Color Outdoors (POCO), which is open to all BIPOC. POCO is making a powerful, positive impact in the Portland, Oregon area. Slaughter was a Portland Parks Champion nominee in 2021. Slaughter and People of Color Outdoors were both nominated for the Portland Parks Foundation’s first annual Joey Pope Award in 2022. Slaughter was honored to be the first winner of the Joey Pope Award and the $10,000 prize.

POCO has hosted over 300 outings since 2017. Slaughter’s goal is to see members become enthusiastic “outdoors people” that spend regular time in nature, introduce family and friends to favorite spots and outdoor activities, and learn to be loving caretakers and advocates of natural spaces.

Slaughter’s long-term goal for POCO is to build a retreat and education center on an acreage. The center will be inclusive and will offer environmental and cultural education in addition to being a venue for conferences, retreats, trainings, gatherings, community events and more.

Slaughter is the author of the children’s book "Hi! My Name is Robin!" She has been featured numerous media outlets such as The New York Times, ESSENCE.com, Blavity.com, Oregon Live, Blackpackers, Travel Portland, the Willamette Week Give Guide, KGW News, Fox News, The Portland Audubon Society’s Wild Arts Festival, Terradrift, Oregon Metro, Travel Portland, Uproxx, one37pm, The Oregonian, AAA Oregon, Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Oregon Humanities, High Country News, and Newport, Oregon’s News-Times between 2021 and 2023.

Slaughter has been a keynote speaker, speaker, facilitator, or workshop instructor for Metro Portland, Bureau of Land Management, NW Landcamp 2022, Oregon Trails Coalition, NAACP Eugene, Multnomah County Library, Oregon Trails Coalition, Trail Keepers of Oregon, Wild Diversity, Facebook, Oregon Humanities, and The Street Trust.

Slaughter lives in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not speaking to groups, giving workshops, hosting outdoor adventures or teaching children, she loves curling up with a good book in front of a roaring fire, writing, redecorating rooms, having great conversations and meals with friends and family, and traveling.

Speaking Topics
  • Why Was People of Color Outdoors Started, Anyway?

    Audiences will hear about Pamela’s life growing up in Portland, OR, and developing a love for nature. They will hear about the racist encounters that she and her children experienced while enjoying time in natural spaces, and how those traumatic events shaped their lives and ultimately led to the creation of People of Color Outdoors.

    Audiences will also learn ways that they can help BIPOC to have more equitable access to natural spaces.

  • How Oregon’s History Contributed to the Need for People of Color Outdoors

    Audiences will learn about Oregon’s history of being the only state in the US that banned Black people from living in the state. They will hear about how that history and other racist laws influenced many racist people to choose Oregon as their home, and how many still believe that Black people do not really belong in Oregon, especially in natural spaces.

    Audiences will learn why it’s important for BIPOC to access nature, and what they can do as individuals to help.

  • Does People of Color Outdoors Make a Difference in Oregon?

    This talk shares how People of Color came to be and focuses on the powerful impact the non-profit has had in the BIPOC community in Portland, Oregon. Audiences learn about how and why People of Color grew from having a membership of 475 in 2020 to over 5,000 in 2023.

    Audiences will learn about the People of Color Outdoor Guardians and other programs that have developed to serve the needs of the BIPOC community in the Portland, OR area.

    Audience members will learn how they can support the movement for equity for BIPOC in nature.

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Hi! My Name is Robin!: A Young Bird Watcher Book

Hi! My Name is Robin!: A Young Bird Watcher Book

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    Pamela Slaughter is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Activism, Authors, Black History, Business, Conservation, Diversity Speakers, Earth Day, Education, Environment, Green and Sustainability, Real Estate, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Pamela Slaughter travel from?

    Pamela Slaughter generally travels from Portland, OR, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Pamela Slaughter for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Pamela Slaughter for your next private or corporate function.
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Founder of "People of Color Outdoors" & "People of Color Outdoors Guardians"

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Pamela Slaughter Biography

Pamela Slaughter is the Founder and Executive Director of People of Color Outdoors. People of Color Outdoors (POCO) is a non-profit with a mission to help Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) gain access to natural spaces, outdoor skills, education, as well as health and wellness practices.

POCO also hosts an environmental educational program for K-5th graders called People of Color Outdoor Guardians, a cohort of kayak paddle leaders, and a cohort of sensory walk leaders. When Pamela Slaughter was a single parent years ago, hiking with her young children, her family experienced being harassed by racist skinheads on two different occasions. It was traumatic for her and her young children.

As a result, Slaughter felt safer limiting their time outdoors to experiencing nature in city parks, or in planned groups even though Slaughter and her children were always the only Black family present. Slaughter and her children were reluctant to spend time in nature out without the security of a group, even if the group wasn’t always welcoming. The family never ventured out as “explorers” on their own again.

Years later, Slaughter was present when her young grandson, the only Black child at summer day camp, experienced racism in what was supposed to be a safe, group setting. That prompted Slaughter to look for a way to enjoy safely enjoy nature. She found Outdoor Afro, and was excited to start a chapter in Portland that she led for 2½ years before stepping away from the role.

Slaughter had become increasingly aware that all BIPOC were regularly experiencing racism while in natural spaces in Oregon while leading Outdoor Afro Portland. In 2017, Slaughter started what is now the non-profit People of Color Outdoors (POCO), which is open to all BIPOC. POCO is making a powerful, positive impact in the Portland, Oregon area. Slaughter was a Portland Parks Champion nominee in 2021. Slaughter and People of Color Outdoors were both nominated for the Portland Parks Foundation’s first annual Joey Pope Award in 2022. Slaughter was honored to be the first winner of the Joey Pope Award and the $10,000 prize.

POCO has hosted over 300 outings since 2017. Slaughter’s goal is to see members become enthusiastic “outdoors people” that spend regular time in nature, introduce family and friends to favorite spots and outdoor activities, and learn to be loving caretakers and advocates of natural spaces.

Slaughter’s long-term goal for POCO is to build a retreat and education center on an acreage. The center will be inclusive and will offer environmental and cultural education in addition to being a venue for conferences, retreats, trainings, gatherings, community events and more.

Slaughter is the author of the children’s book "Hi! My Name is Robin!" She has been featured numerous media outlets such as The New York Times, ESSENCE.com, Blavity.com, Oregon Live, Blackpackers, Travel Portland, the Willamette Week Give Guide, KGW News, Fox News, The Portland Audubon Society’s Wild Arts Festival, Terradrift, Oregon Metro, Travel Portland, Uproxx, one37pm, The Oregonian, AAA Oregon, Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Oregon Humanities, High Country News, and Newport, Oregon’s News-Times between 2021 and 2023.

Slaughter has been a keynote speaker, speaker, facilitator, or workshop instructor for Metro Portland, Bureau of Land Management, NW Landcamp 2022, Oregon Trails Coalition, NAACP Eugene, Multnomah County Library, Oregon Trails Coalition, Trail Keepers of Oregon, Wild Diversity, Facebook, Oregon Humanities, and The Street Trust.

Slaughter lives in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not speaking to groups, giving workshops, hosting outdoor adventures or teaching children, she loves curling up with a good book in front of a roaring fire, writing, redecorating rooms, having great conversations and meals with friends and family, and traveling.

Pamela Slaughter Speaking Topics

  • Why Was People of Color Outdoors Started, Anyway?

    Audiences will hear about Pamela’s life growing up in Portland, OR, and developing a love for nature. They will hear about the racist encounters that she and her children experienced while enjoying time in natural spaces, and how those traumatic events shaped their lives and ultimately led to the creation of People of Color Outdoors.

    Audiences will also learn ways that they can help BIPOC to have more equitable access to natural spaces.

  • How Oregon’s History Contributed to the Need for People of Color Outdoors

    Audiences will learn about Oregon’s history of being the only state in the US that banned Black people from living in the state. They will hear about how that history and other racist laws influenced many racist people to choose Oregon as their home, and how many still believe that Black people do not really belong in Oregon, especially in natural spaces.

    Audiences will learn why it’s important for BIPOC to access nature, and what they can do as individuals to help.

  • Does People of Color Outdoors Make a Difference in Oregon?

    This talk shares how People of Color came to be and focuses on the powerful impact the non-profit has had in the BIPOC community in Portland, Oregon. Audiences learn about how and why People of Color grew from having a membership of 475 in 2020 to over 5,000 in 2023.

    Audiences will learn about the People of Color Outdoor Guardians and other programs that have developed to serve the needs of the BIPOC community in the Portland, OR area.

    Audience members will learn how they can support the movement for equity for BIPOC in nature.

Pamela Slaughter Videos

  • Children Of Color Connect In Nature With The POCO Guardians
    In the POCO Guardians, Pamela Slaughter connects children of color to nature and teaches lessons that will last a lifetime. This program received...
  • People of Color Outdoors creates an inclusive environment for adventure
  • People of Color Outdoors | Let's Get Out There
    In the 1990s, Pam remembers thousands of tires, even appliances being pulled from the water. Pam started the group “People of Color Outdoors” as...

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  • How do I book Pamela Slaughter to speak at my event?

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  • What are the speaker fees for Pamela Slaughter

    Speaking fees for Pamela Slaughter, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Pamela Slaughter are under $10,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Pamela Slaughter, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Pamela Slaughter speak about?

    Pamela Slaughter is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Activism, Authors, Black History, Business, Conservation, Diversity Speakers, Earth Day, Education, Environment, Green and Sustainability, Real Estate, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Pamela Slaughter travel from?

    Pamela Slaughter generally travels from Portland, OR, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Pamela Slaughter’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Pamela Slaughter for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Pamela Slaughter for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Pamela Slaughter or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Pamela Slaughter is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Why Was People of Color Outdoors Started, Anyway?, How Oregon’s History Contributed to the Need for People of Color Outdoors and Does People of Color Outdoors Make a Difference in Oregon?. The estimated speaking fee range to book Pamela Slaughter for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Pamela Slaughter generally travels from Portland, OR, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, Meg Lowman, Nkechi Taifa, Alaina E. Roberts and Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Pamela Slaughter for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Pamela Slaughter Speaking Topics

  • Why Was People of Color Outdoors Started, Anyway?

    Audiences will hear about Pamela’s life growing up in Portland, OR, and developing a love for nature. They will hear about the racist encounters that she and her children experienced while enjoying time in natural spaces, and how those traumatic events shaped their lives and ultimately led to the creation of People of Color Outdoors.

    Audiences will also learn ways that they can help BIPOC to have more equitable access to natural spaces.

  • How Oregon’s History Contributed to the Need for People of Color Outdoors

    Audiences will learn about Oregon’s history of being the only state in the US that banned Black people from living in the state. They will hear about how that history and other racist laws influenced many racist people to choose Oregon as their home, and how many still believe that Black people do not really belong in Oregon, especially in natural spaces.

    Audiences will learn why it’s important for BIPOC to access nature, and what they can do as individuals to help.

  • Does People of Color Outdoors Make a Difference in Oregon?

    This talk shares how People of Color came to be and focuses on the powerful impact the non-profit has had in the BIPOC community in Portland, Oregon. Audiences learn about how and why People of Color grew from having a membership of 475 in 2020 to over 5,000 in 2023.

    Audiences will learn about the People of Color Outdoor Guardians and other programs that have developed to serve the needs of the BIPOC community in the Portland, OR area.

    Audience members will learn how they can support the movement for equity for BIPOC in nature.

Pamela Slaughter Speaker Videos

  • Children Of Color Connect In Nature With The POCO Guardians
    In the POCO Guardians, Pamela Slaughter connects children of color to nature and teaches lessons that will last a lifetime. This program received support from the Oregon Zoo Foundation through the...
    People of Color Outdoors creates an inclusive environment for adventure
  • People of Color Outdoors | Let's Get Out There
    In the 1990s, Pam remembers thousands of tires, even appliances being pulled from the water. Pam started the group “People of Color Outdoors” as a safe space for those who have felt marginalized...
    Portland, OR - People of Color Outdoors, a Meetup Group
    This is information about a free Meetup group called People of Color Outdoors (fka People of Color Hike! ), a fun and safe community in Portland, OR.

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