Articles in the Field Report Category
Birds, Environment, Field Report, Nature, Photography »
By Outdoor Afro Leader Clay Anderson
Last weekend, ten Outdoor Afros felt the tug to expand their horizons, enhance their awareness, and find inspiration.
Thousands of Sandhill cranes, ducks, geese, and wading birds felt the urge to avoid the cold, find something to eat, and educate their progeny.
The Cosumnes River Preserve consists of 46,000 acres of river bottom, floodplain forest, oak woodland, annual grassland, rare freshwater marshes and vernal pools. Cosumnes is a Miwok (native-american) word meaning “people of the salmon’. All the little seeps, creeks and rivulets dovetail into the great …
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 …
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 …
Field Report, Leadership, National Parks, Wildlife »
Written by Northern California Outdoor Afro Leader Teresa Baker
Last weekend, Outdoor Afros gathered to walk the Bonitas Lighthouse trail, and were greeted by a family of deer. While they grazed on their morning meal, we stopped and photographed this bit of stunning wildlife.
But if you also want to learn about what it takes to keep a lighthouse functioning, this is an awesome place to visit, where you can see all the moving parts.
The tunnel leading down to the lighthouse was dug by hand and what remain are the crumbling walls …
Adventurers, beaches, Field Report »
On a recent Outdoor Afro trip to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, nature once again stole the show. On a little rocky edge of our immense ocean life has chosen to stand its ground, holding on by employing tubed feet, serrated claws, sucker disc and mucus threads which dry like cement. It huddles in cracks and crevices, under stone, and even shallow depressions on the lee side of rock provides just enough protection against powerful tidal waves to give an organism a narrow margin of success.
And when the tide finally is in, life …
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 …
So glad to spend time once again with my former co-worker and dear friend Manav Thapar to help re-connect my 9 year old son Billy Hunter to the art and fun of surfing!
Read about the last time
I knew Billy Hunter (the deepest sleeper of my brood) was excited when he bounced out of bed early with, “Come one mommy, get up! Today I am surfing remember?”
We could not believe it had been over a year since our last visit to the town of Pacifica, which is only about 30 miles south west …
Family, Field Report, Hiking, Mothers »
Recently Outdoor Afro has been delighted to connect with the Jack and Jill community, an historic African American mother’s group designed to promote social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19 – and we are glad to add on connections to nature!
We were happy to have the chance to partner this season with a local group on a guided hike by Outdoor Afro leader Zoe Polk in Oakland’s Sibley regional park. Jack and Jill mom, Leslie Hardy Hood, said, “What a great activity, beautiful …
Birds, Environmental Education, Field Report »
Check out this recent trip report from Outdoor Afro Leader Vi Ama out of Chicago!
Outdoor Afro Chicago volunteer day was held last Saturday at Montrose Bird Point Sanctuary. Montrose Bird Point Sanctuary is a hidden jewel located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The 15-acre property also known as the Magic Hedge Sanctuary was previously leased by the military.
Since the 1980s birders and the city of Chicago have transformed this park into one of the Midwest’s leading parks for bird watchers and migrating birds. The sanctuary includes a bathhouse, sand dunes, beach …
Art, Conservation, Diversity, Field Report, History, Parks, Rivers, Urban Nature »
Submitted by Morgan Powell, a landscape designer, who edits Bronx River Sankofa on You Tube and Facebook. He is passionate about New York’s Bronx River and its African American heritage. Here is his third submission in a series to highlight the generous yet delicate resource of the Bronx River and African American engagement with our environment as a whole.
This blog will address four decades in the life of a ghetto park’s stages of development. We’ll recognize some of the local leadership whose initiative was founded by a white Catholic activist in …