There are numerous complex reasons that individuals from non-White racial and ethnic minority backgrounds traditionally have been underrepresented in natural resource-related fields. Previous research has suggested that common reasons may include lack of exposure to the outdoors, lack of knowledge about the field, and lack of academic support, among others.
It has become well accepted in the science education community (and the EE community, too) that inquiry-based approaches are good educational practice. But the approach is not without its challenges. Finding effective ways to train teachers, making connections to educational standards, providing sufficient guidance to students, and many other topics related to inquiry learning are routinely explored by education researchers.