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Sustainable Celebrations: Creatively Incorporating Nature in Our Holidays

by Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk As the daughter of a fisherman, repurposing was a big part of my upbringing. Cleaned fish carcasses went into the crab pots. Outgrown t-shirts were used as rags to unhook slimy, squirmy Catfish. Driftwood was rescued and incorporated into my mother’s artistic creations. And at the end of every December,…

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Beach Biking and Dancing

Who says you need to camp to enjoy nature? Denene Millner, an Atlanta based mom, wife, and author is a long-time sister blog comrade of ours. Her posts this weekend from Kiawah Island via a Residence Inn stay were so inspiring, we could not resist sharing them with the Outdoor Afro fam! Denene shares: We’re at Kiawah Island, on the coast…

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On Taking Risks and National Parks

The national parks are our treasures, and I remain grateful for the multiple ways my organization, Outdoor Afro, and many others like it, have successfully partnered with park staff, scholars, and volunteers to help shift the visual representation and physical presence of who gets outdoors.  Engaging more people around the country with the tremendous assets…

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A Special Birthday Message From Rue Mapp

Dear Friends, This October, I celebrate my 43rd birthday. I am proud to share this number, as I mark each year as both a blessing and a triumph. This year also marks the fifth anniversary of the blog I whimsically named Outdoor Afro. As you all know, that blog was a key in the door…

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Diverse Environmental Leadership Launch

New Speakers Bureau Launches as the Voice for Diversity and Inclusion in National Parks, Outdoor Environments, and Environmental Organizations Diverse Environmental Leaders to share expertise on impact of diverse outreach and perspective on public lands and environment. Photo: Dudley Edmondson The Diverse Environmental Leaders (DEL) speakers bureau brings together a dynamic ensemble of individuals with vast experiences…

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Outdoor Afro Partner Spotlight–Caroleigh Pierce, Klean Kanteen

Who are Outdoor Afro’s partners? What do these partnerships mean?  We are asked these types of questions frequently, and in response, decided to launch a short series of brand partner spotlights to share how they work with Outdoor Afro, and the passionate people who drive them. Introducing:    Since meeting founder Rue Mapp at Outdoor…

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Cycling in Honor of Marshall W. “Major” Taylor

By, Viva Yeboah (Outdoor Afro Chicago) “There are positively no mental, physical or moral attainments too lofty for the Negro to accomplish if granted a fair and equal opportunity.” — Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, World Champion Cyclist In honor of Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, famous Black cyclist, Outdoor Afro Chicago joined Red Bike & Green-Chicago (RBG)…