Articles in the Children and Nature Category
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By Alisha Pye, Los Angeles Outdoor Afro Leader
So we went hiking above the Mountain Gate Country Club again, but this time we decided to mix it up a bit. So we decided to go off the fire trail and hike the hills. This was a great hike although we had fewer people we had a very diverse group, ranging from a mom wearing her 6 month baby, to a 9 year old cross country runner.
This hike was particularly challenging for me because I’m very afraid of heights and cliffs, both …
Adventurers, Children and Nature, Climbing, Environment, Fun, Health, Hiking, Leadership, Let's Move, Nature, Outdoor Afro Leadership Team, Outdoors, Photography, Recreation, Uncategorized, Urban Nature, Women »
Children and Nature, Community, Diversity, Family, Play »
Our family recently moved into a lovely place back in my familiar, and dynamic hometown of Oakland, California. For the previous six years we resided in a nearby small and sheltered community known for its excellent schools, low crime, and civic pride. There, my children roamed free outdoors, and visited neighbors – sometimes well into the evening after dark.
Courtesy of Oakland Local
After several weeks of searching, a house found us in Maxwell Park, a well established and diverse urban neighborhood. But after moving in, I soon noticed the absence of children …
Children and Nature, Education, Environment »
An Outdoor Afro just shared this on our facebook page. Check out for yourself this infographic that makes the case for why kids should engage with nature.
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The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) works with a network of health professionals, weathercasters, land managers and teachers to create and leverage public-private partnerships to promote daily actions for helping people live well while protecting and enjoying nature.
Camping, Children and Nature, Family, Girl Scouts »
Today was a special day in the Mapp household, my daughter Arwen and friend Maya began their first day at a week long summer program at Camp Bothin, located in Marin County, California with the Girl Scouts of Northern California.
All last week was spent picking up last minute items at REI, and making sure all the requisite forms and supplies were accounted for. But as the departure day grew near, I noticed Arwen became more excited, and I more nervous.
See, this is the first time my daughter has slept away …
Children and Nature, Conservation, Hiking, Interview, Mothers, Urban Nature »
Check out this PSA for The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space of me and my kids enjoying some open space near where we live:
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s purpose is to purchase, permanently protect, and restore lands forming a regional open space greenbelt, preserve unspoiled wilderness, wildlife habitat, watershed, viewshed, and fragile ecosystems, and provide opportunities for low-intensity recreation and environmental education. Check out their website to learn more!
How do you enjoy nature as a family?
Join Outdoor Afro in getting excited about the second annual National Kids to Parks Day May 19th, 2012! What a great opportunity to celebrate nature with kids, families, and fellow outdoor people!
Photo By Nkrumiah Frazier
The National Park Trust and our mascot Buddy Bison wants everyone to have an American park experience. We are inviting every family in America to visit a national, state or local park and play outdoors on May 19, 2012! As Buddy Bison says, “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”
Last year, nearly 200 mayors coast to coast signed …
Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great Outdoors, Camping, Children and Nature, Diversity, Events »
Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro is excited to present in Atlanta this week at Keeping it Wild and at the American Camp Association‘s (ACA) National Convention! ACA is an education partner of Outdoor Afro, and together they have designed curriculum for their e-institute entitled: Cultivating Camp Relevancy for Diverse Audiences - check it out!
Both events are designed to energize the field of outdoor recreation and camp management around how to engage more diverse audiences with the outdoors.
Click on the image above for more information for the Keeping it Wild appearance, and click here to learn …
Children, Children and Nature, Music, social media »
Creative Director and Co-Founder of BALANCE Edutainment Aaron Ableman shares information on their inspiring flagship initiative–Pacha’s Pajamas! Let’s turn all the mini-Afros into Nature Superheroes!
I once heard it said that you are what you eat. Well, it’s also true that you are what you listen to and what you watch on YouTube! In fact, I was with a classroom of 4 year olds the other day and half of them could quote the entire verse of a Jay-Z song, with degrading lyrics and all. Then, I asked them to describe …
Contributed by Alex Kudryavtsev, a native of Russia and PhD Candidate at Cornell University.
Alex conducts a participatory research project in the Bronx and elsewhere on how urban environmental education programs develop a sense of place in youth. I am also glad to work with Alex as part of EECapacity, an EPA-sponsored project led by Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Lab to support ways EE can be more relevant to urban communities.
He introduces to us the narratives of Julien Terrell (in his role of educator at Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice in the Bronx) …