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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 …
That’s right! In an historic event this weekend, the East Oakland Swim Club in partnership with Water World Swim Organization Swim and the Centurions of San Francisco, hosted 100 Black Folk and Friends Alcatraz to San Francisco Swim. Folks from around the Oakland Bay Area came together to swim in the surrounding open waters for this good cause: to encourage more black and brown folks to learn to swim, and demonstrate that many already do!
Courtesy of The Grio
Unfortunately, 70 percent of black children do not know how to swim, and …
Diversity, Events, National Parks »
Join the fun Saturday, June 22 at a National Park near you!
Outdoor Afros around the country are thrilled to take part in the African American National Parks Event this Saturday. The idea is the brainchild of Richmond, CA based Teresa Baker, who has been an active leader in the Outdoor Afro community, and a part of the next generation of National Park grassroots engagement advocacy.
Teresa Baker at Muir Woods, CA
According to Teresa, “I just wanted to do something for us, and show we do care about the heritage preserved in …
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 migratory bird species land to rest before continuing their journey northward across the Great Lake. This year’s festival theme is “Birding for Everyone”, to help more people engage with an activity that supports both personal enjoyment …
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 …
Lassen Volcanic Park continues to be the hidden gem enjoyed by the Outdoor Afro community. For the second year in a row, we partnered with National Park Service staff to lead a snow shoe walk among in the park’s beautiful red fir forest and for the second year in a row, we had a blast!
When we first arrived, Rangers Chris and Caitlin greeted us and explained the history of snow shoeing, including their use in Native American culture.
After all of us were fitted with our snow shoes, we made our …
Celebrities, Diversity, Events, Hip Hop, Outreach, Reflections, Retail »
What an amazing week! Just got back from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, the largest outdoor industry show in the country that occurs twice yearly in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In a proud and humble moment for Outdoor Afro, we received the Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, presented by adidas Outdoor, in the company category pared down by industry vote from over fifty esteemed and well-established organizations, including our rockin’ partner and supporter REI.
Check out the press release here.
I feel the award is shared by all the people who make up the Outdoor …
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 …
I am still tickled from our time this past weekend in the California Sierras as eleven Northern California Outdoor Afros participated in the annual Winter Trails Day by REI, coordinated by Outdoor Afro leader Rahman Batin and hosted by the co-op’s Sacramento market.
This was a cross-promoted MeetUp of Outdoor Afro, designed to help people learn through easy and fun lessons and demonstrations how to snowshoe and cross country ski. Participants were also exposed to brands that can help make these experiences comfortable. I was especially stoked to see our sponsor …
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As the founder of Outdoor Afro, you know I am passionate about the great outdoors for everyone to enjoy. Here is more:
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Inspired by my family, I started Outdoor Afro in 2009 to share this passion using social media. The message quickly resonated with thousands of others from around the country who shared their own images and stories that affirmed African Americans do have a positive and historic relationship to nature.