A Family That Camps Together…

We were so tickled to receive the video below via our Facebook page from Wendi Nicole, a mom, wife, and professor at George Mason University who loves to camp. Wendi shares, “We began camping five years ago (in Virginia and Maryland) and quickly recruited others. Family and friends have joined us for the last four years…

Happy Fourth of July and Interdependence Day!

  Today we are not only celebrating independence, but interdependence. The kind that remembers that we are all connected to our environment (and to one another) so we can survive and thrive. As our friends at Pollinate, our local homestead store, said so eloquently today in a newsletter: “Ecologically speaking, the food we grow and…

Jamming in the Renaissance of a Human Powered Life

It seems in these last few years there has been an explosion of human powered efforts from walking and biking movements that are making gym memberships less relevant, to urban gardens that are quietly, yet ferociously helping urbanites reclaim agency over mass produced and preservative filled food options. People are choosing fad diets less, and…

Girls Day Out in Nature

We were tickled when Outdoor Afro Mika M. of the San Francisco Bay shared this fun image of her and her friends before taking a tour on a zipline this weekend. For many, ziplining is a terrific way to take in the panoramic view of a forest canopy, with the exhilaration of gliding at speeds…

10,000 Steps to Denali, Temescal Hike, and National Outdoors Day!

It’s Alisha, Outdoor Afro Los Angeles Leader. This Saturday June 8th we had a Temescal Canyon Hike planned in the Santa Monica Mountains to support the first African American group to hike Denali. So our hike was in support of the 10,000 steps to Denali trek. Our hike also coincided with National Outdoors Day. We…

We’re Buggin’…June Bug of the Month

By Eddie Dunbar, Entomologist, Oakland, CA A Sand Wasp – She’s Got Your Back!    Sand Wasp ( Bembix americanus ) on daisy When we think of the insects that are “good,” typically only butterflies and honey bees come to mind. However, there are countless unsung insect good deeds that go unnoticed. Consider the role of…

National Get Outdoors Day is Today!

New Media Effort Amplifies National Get Outdoors Day on June 8th, 2013 While more than 245 million Americans live within 100 miles of a national forest or grassland, research shows that a majority of children in some segments of the population are not spending active time outdoors. Research shows that only 37% of African American…