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Into the Wilderness We Go!

Take an escape to the wilderness of Northwestern Montana with Outdoor Afro guest blogger Lamar Gore, an assistant refuge supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – originally posted on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service blog. As a kid, I spent my formative years exploring “my wilderness” at Shady Brook Park and White…

They Came, They Trained: A Game Changing Outdoor Afro Weekend

What happens when you bring together outdoor retail giants, a major conservation non-profit in the US, researchers from top universities, a prominent DC advocate, a National Park ranger, a group of 13 African Americans with fire in their hearts for nature, crowd funding, volunteers  — and me, a social entrepreneur from Oakland, California… The Outdoor…

California Conservation Corps Youth Talk About Why They Enjoy Working in Nature

Terry Johnson and Leonard Patton are California Conservation Corps members who are employed to do salmon habitat restoration, respond to emergencies, construct trails in state and national parks, and do various other ecological restoration projects. They each share a few impressions about diversifying the conservation movement after reading an interview of Outdoor Afro founder Rue…

Frum de Ga’dun ta de Table: De Gullah/Geechee Sho Able!

Queen’s Chronicles: Frum de Ga’dun ta de Table: De Gullah/Geechee Sho Able! by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation The world has come to appreciate my statement which is also the slogan of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition-“Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree.”   However, people do not necessarily realize how literal…

A Wonderful Week with the Maryland Coastal Bays

Just got back from a terrific stay in Maryland, specifically in the DelMarVa region, presenting at the second annual, Get Out! Get Green! Get Paid! Conference to encourage local youth to consider careers related to the Great Outdoors! I had the good fortune to work with the dedicated Carrie Samis, who directs the program, and…

Is Your Hair Keeping You Out of the River?

We sure hope not! Earlier this year, I was so excited to present in Atlanta for Keeping it Wild to share how outdoor organizations might be more relevant through meaningful partnerships. I appreciated the candor and honesty of the audience, many of whom took the time to share their successes and challenges when working with organizations and…

Outdoor Afro Comes to DC!

During the week of May 14th, Outdoor Afro’s Rue Mapp is grateful to participate in the EECapacity Project that assembles 60 national environmental education leaders in Washington, DC for training in environmental leadership, cultural capacity, and community building. These leaders include a diverse mix of federal, private, and public organizations working to empower communities through environmental…