Articles in the Reflections Category
Today, our hearts are heavy to learn about the transition of Nelson Mandela, with whom we are honored to have shared the same planet.
Mandela will be forever known as a beacon of freedom, and a symbol of transcendence toward peace.
Father Mandela, we salute you at sunset.
Holidays, Reflections »
If you want to go fast, go alone
If you want to go far, go together
On the tail of brisk autumn winds, we at Outdoor Afro welcome the holidays in the dawn of winter as a time to slow down, give thanks, and set intentions for the coming year.
I often feel so privileged to know what I am supposed to be doing on the planet, and find the daily courage to go forth and embrace it. People ask all the time, “How do you do it?” I have discovered that when …
Hiking, Leadership, Recreation, Reflections »
By: Outdoor Afro Leader Viva Yeboah
This past Saturday, Outdoor Afro Chicago wrapped up 2013 with a hike along the Cap Saucer and Swallow Cliff loop in Palos Park, IL.
This loop is linked with several other trails that make up Cap Saucer Holdings Nature Preserve, the largest nature preserve in northeast Illinois. What is awesome about this nature preserve, is that is so close to Chicago, but still provides the peacefulness of nature. The trails have multiple uses including mountain biking, running, hiking and horseback riding.
Our hike consisted of 6 miles …
Hiking, Reflections, Urban Nature »
It’s Alisha, leader of Outdoor Afro Los Angeles. This last weekend we were honored to have Rue Mapp the founder of Outdoor Afro join us for the weekend of events. We started with hiking Kenneth Hahn Park in Baldwin hills. Here’s a view from the top.
We stayed along the new path that newly opened and we were able to see the runners, hikers, kids and parents alike enjoy the new space. Along the trail there’s exercise machines, trees, a butterfly garden and of course traffic. After all this is …
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 …
african american, Education, Hiking, History, Reflections, Women »
By Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk
An Outdoor Afro-Guided Tour of African American Women’s History in Richmond
As the last bit of sun disappeared along the horizon of the San Francisco Bay, Outdoor Afros gathered for a final check in of our hike of the Marina Bay Trail in Richmond, California. Going around the circle, we marveled at the African American history ingrained in the land around us. And we agreed that the beautiful waterfront setting was an honorable tribute to the women we’d learned about on our hike. As a slight …
National Parks, Reflections »
Submitted by Terry Rogers-Womack, who shared with us on our Facebook page pictures so inspiring, we wanted to learn more. Today, with our hearts heavy with concern for Yosemite; its protectors and stewards, we decided to share her story about this jewel of our national heritage to inspire more caring engagement for its future. Enjoy Terry’s narrative, written in her own voice.
I experienced an AWESOME summer vacation this year in Yosemite Nat’l Park! This was our first time going to Yosemite. I live in Omaha, Nebraska and my companion …
Outdoors, Place, Recreation, Reflections, Relevancy, Urban Nature »
We just came back from Outdoor Retailer, the largest outdoor lifestyle show of its kind in the country where leaders discussed how the industry might welcome people who are both “outdoorsy”, and “outsidey” This message rings true to our work that always strives to share the wide range of black connections to nature.
In our Facebook feed today, the range could not be clearer between the two images above: one of friend and poet Camille Dungy with her family hiking for a good cause; the other of several friends enjoying their …
Children, Community, Reflections »
We have all been riveted to newsfeeds everywhere about the Trayvon Martin case this week, searching for answers and trying to figure how best to respond. In a timely share, we received a touching video on our Facebook page that demonstrates how youth from the stressed neighborhood of Sunnydale in San Francisco, California have a brief respite from the violence that plagues their young lives. Watch:
The Sunnydale Kids from Ripple Effect on Vimeo.
As a mother, community member, and founder of Outdoor Afro, for me the result of this national tragedy …
Holidays, Reflections »
Today we are not only celebrating independence, but interdependence. The kind that remembers that we are all connected to our environment (and to one another) so we can survive and thrive. As our friends at Pollinate, our local homestead store, said so eloquently today in a newsletter:
“Ecologically speaking, the food we grow and eventually consume relies on the soil food web, an interdependent network of organisms living in and above our soil. These organisms consume, convert and transfer energy and are necessary for the health of the soil. Without a …