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A Special Bay Area Evening: Postcards From Yosemite

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Join award winning journalist Belva Davis in conversation with Outdoor Afro members who will report back from their June 7-8, 2014 trip retracing the trail the Buffalo Soldiers forged from the Presidio of San Francisco into Yosemite National Park! This interactive evening will include: Oral narratives of Outdoor Afro participants in the trip, including members of the…

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Celebrating Teresa Baker, National Park Advocate!

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We are so proud to share this wonderful article and Q&A with Outdoor Afro Leader and pioneer of African Americans in the National Parks Event, Teresa Baker! California outdoorswoman Teresa Baker doesn’t just love national parks. She encourages thousands of people around the country to love them, too. For two years, she has been the…

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Retracing the Path of Buffalo Soldiers to Yosemite

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Joining folks around the country in celebration of the second annual African Americans National Parks Day, Outdoor Afros in Northern California embarked on a special trip to Yosemite Valley, commemorating the numerous contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers, some of our nation’s first park rangers. Check out this wonderful video of our experience below! Buffalo Soldiers…

Outdoor Afro Chicago heads to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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By: Viva Yeboah In celebration of African American National Parks Day Outdoor Afro Chicago traveled to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Gary, Indiana. First stop was the Paul H. Douglas Center of Environmental Education, we meet with Park Rangers and received an introduction to the history of the park and programs offered at the center….

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Outdoor Afro, Triangle NC Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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By Outdoor Afro Leader Beky Branagan In the early morning hours of Friday, June 6, eight Outdoor Afro North Carolina members began the almost 300 mile trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in order to mark the 2014 African Americans in the National Parks event.  The long drive culminated in a scenic, yet…

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Outdoor Afro Celebrates African Americans in the National Parks Day!

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This Saturday, June 7th, in honor of the 2nd annual African American National Parks weekend, a number of Bay-Area residents will pay homage to the famed Buffalo Soldiers by retracing their historic journey from the Presidio of San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. The event is a joint effort led by Outdoor Afro and the…

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Making Friends With Mother Nature? It’s Possible

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Is it possible to make friends with nature? After visiting Hawaii’s Lake Wai’au a few years ago I have to believe it is. I’ve never connected so strongly with a place, making me even sadder to learn that this treasure is almost gone. In 2012 my husband and I went to Hawaii and visited Mauna Kea…

A Hike to Honor our Heroes

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by Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk At Outdoor Afro, we always take the opportunity to turn a day off into a “day out;” that is- a time to join together with our community in nature. This Veterans Day was a particularly unique day out for us because we set our intention to honor the heroes…

5 Ways To Help You Survive National Park Closures

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It’s been a tough week for National Park fans and staff with all 401 units closed as a result of the government shutdown. Here are five tips below to help you get engaged and support the parks through this challenged time. Can you add any other ideas to the list? 1. Call or Write a…