Outdoor Afro Wins Inspiration Award at Outdoor Retailer Show

What an amazing week! Just got back from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, the largest outdoor industry show in the country that occurs twice yearly in Salt Lake City, Utah. In a proud and humble moment for Outdoor Afro, we received the Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, presented by adidas Outdoor, in the company category pared down…

A Celebration of Positive Influence

It’s been an amazing week for the Outdoor Afro community. I just came back from New York to participate in Henry Louis Gates’ 2012 Root 100 Gala to celebrate the most influential African Americans, of which I was honored to be a part. Among those recognized included Melissa Harris-Perry, LeBron James, and Benjamin Crump, among many…

Introducing the Outdoor Afro Leadership Team!

From making trips to Washington D.C. to provide input on initiatives ranging from Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign to providing ideas to the Department of Interior on ways to engage African American families in outdoor recreation, Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro Founder and CEO, realized, “I can’t do all of this myself,” and sought out more…

Get Out. Get Green. Get Paid.

Recently, I had the pleasure of spending time on Maryland’s Eastern shore with colleagues, Akiima Price, Chief of Education Programs at the New York Restoration Project, David Greaves, the Black Employment Program Officer for the EPA, and Nick Clemons, a National Park Ranger at Assateague Island National Seashore. Hosted and organized by the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and Assateague…

Invasive Species

Last spring, I helped to organize a local event as part of a national campaign to get people connected to nature. As much as I wanted to share how wonderful the event was, how well attended and rich the experience, until now I was unable to do so because there was a part of the…

“It’s Beautiful Out Here”

The Nature Conservancy is doing some terrific work to help youth connect to the outdoors and foster the next generation of environmental leadership though its LEAF program — Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future, a comprehensive environmental leadership program for teenagers and their educators. Brigitte Griswold, Outdoor Afro friend and Director of Youth Programs…

Who Are You Anyway?

People always ask me who visits Outdoor Afro? Well, here is a snapshot of who Quantcast thinks you are (don’t ask how they come up with these numbers), although the data is actually pretty consistent with my own survey results from last year: Compared to other websites, a significant number of you are African-American women…