Articles in the Family Category
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by Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk
“When we tell stories, especially personal stories where we open ourselves up to whoever is listening, there is often for the listener a value to be learned, or encouragement to be gained, knowing that others before them have conquered fears and challenges similar to their own. For some, the right story at the right time will enrich their day, and even make the world a little better place. That’s why I really love to tell stories.”- Diane Ferlatte, Oakland based, Award Winning International Storyteller
Throughout history, African Americans …
Children, Family, Field Report, Hiking, Outdoor Afro Leadership Team, Place »
A blog by Outdoor Afro Leader Victoria Evans of Pennsylvania, who shares how visiting a cave with kids can cause a seismic shift in how they might perceive these natural treasures.
After the heat and haze of August, the day started with a refreshing crispness, which was good because there is a spectacular view from the top of Chestnut Ridge where the entrance to Laurel Caverns is hidden among the trees. Laurel Caverns is the largest cave in Pennsylvania with 3 miles of passages.
When I started planning this Outdoor Afro trip, I told …
by Zoë Polk
On August 9, 1936, Outdoor Afro Jesse Owens broke world records by winning 4 Gold medals in the Berlin Olympics. 77 years later, Outdoor Afros in Oakland, California celebrated Mr. Owens by striking our own starting pose on our hike in Sibley Volcanic Regional Park!
Thank you, Jesse Owens for contributing to the long, proud history of African Americans thriving, inspiring and winning in the Outdoors!
Camping, Children and Nature, Family, Ideas »
We were so tickled to receive the video below via our Facebook page from Wendi Nicole, a mom, wife, and professor at George Mason University who loves to camp.
Wendi shares, “We began camping five years ago (in Virginia and Maryland) and quickly recruited others. Family and friends have joined us for the last four years and we always enjoy the opportunity to create memories by the campfire.”
What shines through in each image is just how happy everyone is. From the oldest to the very youngest, their nature glow is infectious!
Want to start a …
Children and Nature, Family, Field Report, Ideas, Reflections »
In a time when some kids can’t leave the house without the fliest pair of shoes or tightest “fits” to stay clean, it brings us a lot of comfort to also see images of pint sized Outdoor Afros out in nature without a care in the world. Tameeca Griffin’s photos show off her son Kincaid, and daughter Kai, enjoying the flow of summer nature without a fuss. Enjoy their beautiful images:
Their mom wrote, “My kids’ favorite toys are sticks and stones!” – and we believe …
Courtesy of Red Bike and Green
It seems in these last few years there has been an explosion of human powered efforts from walking and biking movements that are making gym memberships less relevant, to urban gardens that are quietly, yet ferociously helping urbanites reclaim agency over mass produced and preservative filled food options. People are choosing fad diets less, and opting more for the karmic clarity of cooking and harvesting one’s own slow food, designed to be filling and eaten in sensible quantities. So these days, ‘farm to table’ might …
Children and Nature, Diversity, Expedition, Family, Hiking, Mothers, National Parks, Outdoor Afro Leadership Team, Urban Nature »
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 started our day at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook where there were activities planned for the kids. They had camping gear set up to show how to set up a camp.
Along with camping gear lessons they also …
Diversity, Environment, Family, Nature »
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 children ages 6-12 participate in outdoor recreation, compared to 67% of Caucasian children in the same age range. In an effort to motivate African American families to get outside more often and reconnect with nature, the …
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,
Camping, Children, Family, Reflections »
Because even seasoned moms like me experience the tension and challenges of getting kids outdoors in a world filled with so many concerns and reasons to be afraid.
Most of you all know I have children – three of them. And each has been involved with some form of camping since they were barely out of my womb. But today marked the last time for a different kind of nature milestone: I sent my third and youngest child Billy to camp on his own for the first time for five whole days!