Implementing #BlackLivesMatter in the Outdoors

“What is my role in the Movement for Black Lives?” has become the most critical question of our time.  Written By National Program Director Zoë Polk Each year, Outdoor Afro enlists individuals from all over the country to advance our agenda: to celebrate and inspire Black connections to nature. Founder and CEO Rue Mapp, launched the…

Now Serving: BBQ Sustainability Realness

Earth, Wind and Fire blasting on the speakers. Children running through sprinklers. Flip Flops. Dominoes. And the delicious smell of marinated meat and veggies on the grill. Is anyone else ready for Fourth of July barbecuing? From the family reunion to the beach party, Outdoor Afro has got you covered on incorporating environmental stewardship into our…

The Trail Mix: June Crunch

SCOOP IN with Outdoor Afro as we celebrate Juneteenth, discover local tide pools and lead Black Music Month inspired hikes this month! By Outdoor Afro Leadership Director Zoë Polk Atlanta, Georgia  Day Trip to Chattanooga Tennessee  June 13 Healing Hike and History at Sweetwater Creek State Park with Sierra Club June 27 Bay Area, California Hike Point Reyes and Celebrate…

Celebrate Black History Month with Outdoor Afro

Join us in living and remembering Black History this February and every month of the year by Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk On Saturday February 7, 2015 Outdoor Afro Richmond Virginia hosted a “Healing Hike” in York River State Park. This hike was part of Outdoor Afro’s nationwide campaign to engage as a community in solidarity activities with Ferguson and New York…

Now Recruiting: 2015 Fellows to Join the National Outdoor Afro Leadership Team!

Outdoor Enthusiasts, Nature Lovers and Community Leaders Across the Country Are Encouraged to Apply *Do you enjoy hiking, birdwatching, camping, kayaking, skiing, gardening, barbecuing or other recreational outdoor activities? *Do you have a passion for inspiring community in the outdoors? *Are you interested in creating, sharing and implementing strategies to reconnect African Americans to nature? *Would…

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,…

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…