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On Taking Risks and National Parks

The national parks are our treasures, and I remain grateful for the multiple ways my organization, Outdoor Afro, and many others like it, have successfully partnered with park staff, scholars, and volunteers to help shift the visual representation and physical presence of who gets outdoors.  Engaging more people around the country with the tremendous assets…

Four More Years of Support for Our Natural Heritage

As many of you know, the Obama administration has taken a unprecedented stand on connecting people to our public lands and national monuments from its beginning. Today, we at Outdoor Afro are delighted that this effort will move forward and continue in its progress to preserve, protect, and embrace our natural assets and heritage. Here…

State of the Union: African Americans and the Great Outdoors

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…

Outdoor Afro Participates in White House Conference on Conservation

Outdoor Afro’s Rue Mapp had the great pleasure of joining many other outdoor enthusiasts last Friday for the White House Conference on Conservation: Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy. Held at the Department of the Interior, the conference brought together a labyrinth of nature advocates; from hunters to small business owners, local governments to tribal…

2011: The Year of Relevancy

  Dear Outdoor Afro Friends, 2011 has been a terrific year! Through the power of social media, we have seen our community steadily grow, and help people make culturally-relevant connections to nature and outdoor recreation. Throughout my travels this year, the hot topic has been relevancy: “How can we connect more diverse audiences to the…

America’s Great Outdoors and Youth

Many Outdoor Afros have been following the chatter over the last several months regarding the national movement to reconnect Americans to the Great Outdoors. As part of the release of the Americas Great Outdoors report (AGO), informed by data and insight from Americans from all over the country, there has been much communication from the…

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative and Report – Bravo!

Many in the Outdoor Afro community are elated by the announcement of the greatly anticipated America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative by the Obama Administration. Following in the tradition of Lincoln, FDR, and Teddy Roosevelt — Presidents who each made great strides toward conservation, President Obama left his own mark today by initiating an historic initiative…