Articles in the Urban Nature Category
Adventurers, beaches, History, Leadership, Place, Urban Nature »
by Zoë Polk
“I am a walker. Walked most of the major seaport cities of this country…. my favorite has always been and will be the city of St. Francis, San Francisco… To walk around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park at seven o’clock on a cool, windy morning, with that fog rolling in from the ocean to smell the eucalyptus and the pine, not even your best wine is more intoxicant. Take Kennedy Drive to the Great Highway, stroll along Ocean Beach from the Cliff House to the zoo and …
Hiking, Urban Nature »
On a recent, misty afternoon, Outdoor Afros gathered at the Falls Lake Dam Visitor Assistance Center between North Raleigh and Wake Forest, North Carolina, to walk along a portion of the Mountains to Sea Trail. This trail runs from the Great Smokey National Park in the western part of the state to the Outer Banks on the Atlantic Ocean.
The OA Banner hung on the car made it very easy for folks to see that they had arrived at the correct location.
The weather was on the cloudy side, but once we …
Climbing, Diversity, Environment, Family, Hiking, History, Leadership, National Parks, Urban Nature, Water »
Outdoor Afros in Los Angeles explored local African American history and nature over the weekend – read on!
Alisha Pye here, I’m the Outdoor Afro Leader for Los Angeles. This week we decided to celebrate Spring by hiking at Solstice Canyon in Malibu which is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s a beautiful hike with flowers in full bloom, waterfalls to enjoy, valleys and canyons to climb and picnic areas. We started on the stairs and continued on a steady incline until we came to an area of ruins that …
Birds, Celebrities, Conservation, Events, Urban Nature, Wildlife »
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes – Marcel Proust
David Lindo, also known as The Urban Birder came to the San Francisco Bay Area yesterday to do a talk about his experiences birding around the world in urban centers, most notably in his hometown of London, England, where he is a well-known featured bird expert on television and radio. Lindo spreads the gospel of practical nature. Meaning, you don’t have to travel to exotic locations to find rare and delightful bird …
Adventurers, Americas Great Outdoors, Children and Nature, Family, Leadership, Let's Move, National Parks, Outdoor Afro Leadership Team, Outdoors, Parks, Recreation, Uncategorized, Urban Nature, Women, Youth »
By Alisha Pye, Los Angeles Outdoor Afro Leader
So we went hiking above the Mountain Gate Country Club again, but this time we decided to mix it up a bit. So we decided to go off the fire trail and hike the hills. This was a great hike although we had fewer people we had a very diverse group, ranging from a mom wearing her 6 month baby, to a 9 year old cross country runner.
This hike was particularly challenging for me because I’m very afraid of heights and cliffs, both …
Adventurers, Children and Nature, Climbing, Environment, Fun, Health, Hiking, Leadership, Let's Move, Nature, Outdoor Afro Leadership Team, Outdoors, Photography, Recreation, Uncategorized, Urban Nature, Women »
Agriculture, Career, Gardening, History, Nature, Parks, Place, Reflections, Rivers, Urban Nature »
Greetings Outdoor Afros:
I’m Morgan Powell and this is my fifth blog here at Outdoor Afro. I’m the founder of Bronx River Sankofa – a documentary series on Cable TV and Facebook featuring African-American environmentalists from New York City’s greenest borough. Many male Harlem Renaissance writers and other 20th century brothers-on-a-soap-box wrote about the invisible man phenomenon or mistaken identity in general stemming from low expectations by others of men of African descent. The playful piece you are about to read contrasts a photo-documentary of my busiest days when I was …
Architecture, Art, Conservation, Education, HBCU, History, Urban Nature »
Hello Outdoor Afros:
My name is Morgan Powell and this is my fourth blog here at Outdoor Afro. I’m the founder of Bronx River Sankofa – a documentary series on Cable TV and Facebook featuring African-American environmentalists from New York City’s greenest borough. This meditation on the sprawling college campus as outdoor museum will be a departure from the more conventional green profiles I am known for. I hope you enjoy, share and post comments! This one’s for the historic preservationists out there. This piece borrows the motto that, “The greenest …
Adventurers, Reflections, Survival Skills, Urban Nature »
Outdoor Afro friend Audrey Peterman challenges us in her latest blog to rethink our relationship to nature in terms of our ability to survive natural disaster. Read on:
Among the glaring lessons we should learn from Hurricane Sandy is that our technology-focused lifestyles depend absolutely and completely on one thing – electricity. I often marvel about this, since electricity is extremely vulnerable. One major solar flare or a catastrophic “unnatural” disaster such as Sandy, and a sustained lack of electricity could knock us back to the Stone Age in weeks.
The major problem with this is …
Art, Conservation, Diversity, Field Report, History, Parks, Rivers, Urban Nature »
Submitted by Morgan Powell, a landscape designer, who edits Bronx River Sankofa on You Tube and Facebook. He is passionate about New York’s Bronx River and its African American heritage. Here is his third submission in a series to highlight the generous yet delicate resource of the Bronx River and African American engagement with our environment as a whole.
This blog will address four decades in the life of a ghetto park’s stages of development. We’ll recognize some of the local leadership whose initiative was founded by a white Catholic activist in …