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Adventures in Hiking and Snow Dancing in Oakland

By Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk With the Sierra winter snowpack at historic lows, we at Outdoor Afro Northern California have been hoping for a “dump.”  A heavy snowstorm last weekend would have enabled us to join our REI family for their annual Winter Trails Day event but also protect all of us in California from…

Move Over Batman! Outdoor Afros Take Over A Pennsylvania Cave

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…

On This Day in Outdoor Afro History…

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,…

A Family That Camps Together…

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…

Jamming in the Renaissance of a Human Powered Life

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…

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…