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On Taking Risks and National Parks

The national parks are our treasures, and I remain grateful for the multiple ways my organization, Outdoor Afro, and many others like it, have successfully partnered with park staff, scholars, and volunteers to help shift the visual representation and physical presence of who gets outdoors.  Engaging more people around the country with the tremendous assets…

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Diverse Environmental Leadership Launch

New Speakers Bureau Launches as the Voice for Diversity and Inclusion in National Parks, Outdoor Environments, and Environmental Organizations Diverse Environmental Leaders to share expertise on impact of diverse outreach and perspective on public lands and environment. Photo: Dudley Edmondson The Diverse Environmental Leaders (DEL) speakers bureau brings together a dynamic ensemble of individuals with vast experiences…

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Field Report: NAAEE 2013 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland

  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…

Four Months Ago – Or Was It Last Weekend?

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…

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…

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…

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Outdoor Afros Take on Biggest Week!

Birding is for everyone – Really! I left Ohio today, exhilarated after taking in a weekend of non-stop nature with friends old and new to kick off the annual Biggest Week in American Birding in Northwest Ohio, sponsored by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. The festival boardwalk bordering Lake Erie, is a place where the most unusual…

Exploring Ruins and Playing in Waterfalls

Outdoor Afros in Los Angeles explored local African American history and nature over the weekend – read on!   Alisha Pye here, I’m the Outdoor Afro Leader for Los Angeles. This week we decided to celebrate Spring by hiking at Solstice Canyon in Malibu which is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s a beautiful…

John Griffith Can Bust a Move – For Nature

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…