Articles in the Conservation 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 …
Advocacy, Conservation, National Parks »
It’s been a tough week for National Park fans and staff with all 401 units closed as a result of the government shutdown. Here are five tips below to help you get engaged and support the parks through this challenged time. Can you add any other ideas to the list?
1. Call or Write a Letter to Your Congressional Representative
Your voice and opinions matter to your elected officials, so write a letter or make a phone call to voice your support for our National Parks. It seems that some in congress …
Adventurers, Conservation, Environment, Outdoors, Women »
By Zoë Polk
As an urban dweller, I often look at maps of my city. Sometimes I’m looking at a map to find the fastest way home from work. A lot of times, I’m using a map to identify the best route to get out of the city and to the campground, hiking trail and/or swimming spot that I’ve been daydreaming about all week. Most recently, I pulled out a city map and asked “How can I turn my weekly trip to my neighborhood farmers’ market into an adventure?” My answer was a 5 mile hike that spanned four …
Conservation, Environment, Family, History, Outdoors, Uncategorized »
By Zoë Polk
“CAN ANYONE NAME A SONG BY A BLACK ARTIST ABOUT BIRDING?” I asked. To be fair, I was having a little bit of fun with the group. It was a beautiful Saturday morning in Oakland and we were about to begin our hike into the redwood forest.
I had a song in mind that I was positive the group had heard many times before, but perhaps hadn’t thought of as about appreciating, studying, listening to birds. So then I sang some lyrics:
Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Birds, Conservation, Environment, Hiking, Nature, Outdoors, Urban Nature »
By Viva Yeboah, Outdoor Afro Leader, Chicago
Outdoor Afro Chicago joined the local community of Calumet, Wild Indigo Exploration, Faith in Place, Eden Place and several other organizations at Eggers Wood Forest Preserve for the Millennium Reserve Urban Biodiversity week. This …
Our hearts melted when a member of the Outdoor Afro community on Facebook shared a link of photos, like the ones below that show images of black children enjoying and learning in nature in their 4-H camp in North Carolina in the 1940′s.
“What is old is new again.” one member commented. We could not agree more. Enjoy these timeless images that showcase examples of African American connections to nature over time.
Wake County – July 14-17, 1941, Camp Whispering Pines. Boys and girls enjoy a swim at the Wildlife Camp – at extreme …
Conservation, Diversity, Education, Employment, Environment, Environmental Education, Fun, Hip Hop »
A video of our friend John Griffith of the California Conservation Corp’s has gone viral! Check it out!
Yep, John can pop and lock – yet importantly exude a genuine connection and close rapport with Outdoor Afro corps workers Antwon McCoy and Leonard Patton in his workforce development program.
Check out the salmon habitat restoration these amazing people have been up to, and how they are connecting with the mission of the Outdoor Afro community, thanks to John!
As I have gotten to know John and his work, I find him on the cutting edge of a …
Birds, Celebrities, Conservation, Events, Urban Nature, Wildlife »
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes – Marcel Proust
David Lindo, also known as The Urban Birder came to the San Francisco Bay Area yesterday to do a talk about his experiences birding around the world in urban centers, most notably in his hometown of London, England, where he is a well-known featured bird expert on television and radio. Lindo spreads the gospel of practical nature. Meaning, you don’t have to travel to exotic locations to find rare and delightful bird …
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 …