Articles in the Ideas Category
What are your favorite things that help you get out and enjoy the outdoors? Here are ours!
We were so excited to participate in a recent video shoot put together by our flagship partner REI featuring just a few products we use from ClifBar, KEEN, and The North Face. We adore these products based on their value, style, ease of use, and functionality – especially for women! Check out the video of Outdoor Afro’s founder Rue Mapp showing off some of these favorite things!
Here are a couple more honorable mentions of products …
Adventurers, Community, Ideas »
Our friends over at Love’s Gumbo have produced a video to help you make the most of your road trip adventures. We especially appreciate their advice to stay alert to the unexpected, and mix up your fun with our National Parks along the way! What might you add to their great suggestions? Watch!
Adventurers, Birds, Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great Outdoors, Camping, Community, Diversity, Ideas, Outdoors »
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 Clear Lake for a weekend of fellowship, conversation, learning and above all sharing and expanding a common passion of reconnecting to the outdoors. This was the first ever Outdoor Afro Leadership Training (OALT) event. This is …
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 …
Adventurers, Ideas, Women »
We were tickled when Outdoor Afro Mika M. of the San Francisco Bay shared this fun image of her and her friends before taking a tour on a zipline this weekend.
For many, ziplining is a terrific way to take in the panoramic view of a forest canopy, with the exhilaration of gliding at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour! Why not explore the forest with minimal impact on the natural environment?
Would you do it?
Planning a family camping trip Memorial Day weekend?
Here is some wonderful wisdom from USDA Forest Service Education Program Specialist, Mason “Amtchat” Edwards – originally posted on the U.S. Forest Service site
Mason “Amtchat” Edwards and his son walk along the trail spotting interesting notes of nature. (Photo by: Brian McNeal)
As an environmental educator, I’ve taken tons of kids outside for fun and educational experiences in the woods. Now, I am looking forward taking my own son out for his first discoveries and to create memories we’ll share for years to come. …
Feast your eyes on this tent glamping option. We’ll take it!
Image credit: Nirvana Photo Studio
Location: Resort at Paws Up, Montana
Architecture, Geocache, History, Ideas, Parks »
What exactly is Geocaching, you ask?
“Geocaching can be a fantastic way to spend some time outdoors, discovering and learning more about your world, in places both near and far, alone or with family and friends. It’s like treasure hunting, but the treasure is the experience.”
Guest Blog by Cat Clark tells us more about it!
When the weather in the Washington, DC area is mild, it allows me to enjoy one of my favorite outdoor activities: Geocaching!
Geocaching is a kind of high-tech scavenger hunt. Participants use handheld GPS receivers to find hidden …
Conservation, Diversity, Environment, Ideas, Leadership, Policy »
This is the theme of a not-to-miss panel discussion at the Black Environmental Thought Conference this week at the University of Minnesota, presented by Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley; Nina S. Roberts, Ph.D., San Francisco State University; and Michael Starkey, M.A., Dominion of New York magazine.
In this panel, these three thought leaders will discuss ideas and concepts of resilience born out of a legacy of limitation and marginalization in the U.S. (slavery, Jim Crow, racism, etc.). They will explore where the tensions lie for Black people trying …