Articles in the Community Category
Community, Conservation, Urban Nature »
by Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk
Outdoor Afros were spotted on Saturday on San Francisco’s Mt. Sutro doing trail maintenance and habitat restoration!
We were happy to join our partner REI and 500 other volunteers for the Ridge Trail Service Day, especially since Mt. Sutro is natural space that we cherish and have visited many times before.
Just like the Buffalo Soldiers did for us, Outdoor Afros will continue to practice good stewardship by sustaining the natural environment and resources in our local parks and wild spaces.
Join us on our next adventure outdoors!
african american, Careers, Community, Conservation, Diversity, Education, Environment, Environmental Education, Events, Field Report, Reflections, Travel, Uncategorized, Women »
Hello, my name is Morgan Powell of Bronx River Sankofa. Here are some memories I’ve brought home from the 42nd annual conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education. It was certainly one of the most ethnically diverse in NAAEE history thanks to vigorous and sustained efforts. Keep on pushing for a green movement that looks like America!
Akiima Price scheduled a wonderful day of activities for us. This picture of some of us around a table captures our Community Environmental Education (EE) Workshop.
Rich discussion was everywhere inside and …
Adventurers, Biking, Community »
by Viva Yeboah
Last Saturday Outdoor Afro teamed up with Red Bike and Green-Chicago (RBG) for the Northside Community Ride in the Uptown and Roger Park neighborhoods. After a quick introduction and ice breaker, Eboni Hawkins, co-founder of RBG, gave us a rundown of traffic rules, road advice and details about the route we were taking.
Eboni giving us the traffic sign for “stop”
Our first stop was Winthrop Avenue Family Historical Garden in the Uptown neighborhood. Due to land covenants and legal segregation, the 4600 block of Winthrop Ave was the only area …
Adventurers, Community, Ideas »
Our friends over at Love’s Gumbo have produced a video to help you make the most of your road trip adventures. We especially appreciate their advice to stay alert to the unexpected, and mix up your fun with our National Parks along the way! What might you add to their great suggestions? Watch!
Adventurers, Birds, Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great Outdoors, Camping, Community, Diversity, Ideas, Outdoors »
By: Nkrumah Frazier, Outdoor Afro Leader, South Mississippi
It’s hard to believe that it has been 4 months since I spent 4 days on a mountain with a group of strangers. On Friday, April 19th 2013 a team of African American nature enthusiasts converged on a California mountain overlooking the town of Lucerne, CA and Clear Lake for a weekend of fellowship, conversation, learning and above all sharing and expanding a common passion of reconnecting to the outdoors. This was the first ever Outdoor Afro Leadership Training (OALT) event. This is …
Children, Community, Reflections »
We have all been riveted to newsfeeds everywhere about the Trayvon Martin case this week, searching for answers and trying to figure how best to respond. In a timely share, we received a touching video on our Facebook page that demonstrates how youth from the stressed neighborhood of Sunnydale in San Francisco, California have a brief respite from the violence that plagues their young lives. Watch:
The Sunnydale Kids from Ripple Effect on Vimeo.
As a mother, community member, and founder of Outdoor Afro, for me the result of this national tragedy …
My name is Nkrumah Frazier. I am a member of the Outdoor Afro Leadership team. Recently I was perusing some older pictures on my computer and stumbled across some pictures taken back in July of 2007 when my wife (Chelsea) and I reluctantly dropped our kids off at my mother’s house and hit the road headed to Birmingham, AL. We did not have a weekend worth of activities, sites and destinations already planned out. We had only decided to go a few days prior. I won’t attempt to talk about …
Birds, Community, Conservation, Diversity, Environment, Environmental Education, Events, Family, Fathers, Mothers »
We are so proud and grateful to have spent another day with Northern California Outdoor Afros in partnership with Golden Gate Audubon. Together, we connected more people to our local natural assets to help preserve and enjoy them with others. It was such a perfect day. The warmth of the sun and people who attended made us all forget it was still winter.
Outdoor Afro Leader Cliff and Keshia of GGAS discuss native plants
Clay, the official Outdoor Afro bird specialist!
Thirty Outdoor Afros and fifty more attendees from Girls Inc., California Conservation …
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.
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 playing outside, imagining …