Articles in the Urban Nature Category
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 …
Community, Conservation, Urban Nature »
by Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk
Outdoor Afros were spotted on Saturday on San Francisco’s Mt. Sutro doing trail maintenance and habitat restoration!
We were happy to join our partner REI and 500 other volunteers for the Ridge Trail Service Day, especially since Mt. Sutro is natural space that we cherish and have visited many times before.
Just like the Buffalo Soldiers did for us, Outdoor Afros will continue to practice good stewardship by sustaining the natural environment and resources in our local parks and wild spaces.
Join us on our next adventure outdoors!
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 and Nature, Diversity, Expedition, Family, Hiking, Mothers, National Parks, Outdoor Afro Leadership Team, Urban Nature »
It’s Alisha, Outdoor Afro Los Angeles Leader. This Saturday June 8th we had a Temescal Canyon Hike planned in the Santa Monica Mountains to support the first African American group to hike Denali. So our hike was in support of the 10,000 steps to Denali trek. Our hike also coincided with National Outdoors Day.
We started our day at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook where there were activities planned for the kids. They had camping gear set up to show how to set up a camp.
Along with camping gear lessons they also …
Birds, Conservation, Environment, Hiking, Nature, Outdoors, Urban Nature »
By Viva Yeboah, Outdoor Afro Leader, Chicago
Outdoor Afro Chicago joined the local community of Calumet, Wild Indigo Exploration, Faith in Place, Eden Place and several other organizations at Eggers Wood Forest Preserve for the Millennium Reserve Urban Biodiversity week. This …
Astronomy, Children and Nature, Climbing, Family, Hiking, National Parks, Stars, Urban Nature »
By Los Angeles Outdoor Afro Leader, Alisha Pye
Watching the full moon rise into the sky is a beautiful sight. Hiking in nature while watching the full moon rise and the sun set is exceptional. It’s Alisha, Outdoor Afro Leader of Los Angeles. I was invited by the Santa Monica Mountains Park Rangers to attend the full moon hike.
We went to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook for a guided Full Moon Hike. We were lucky that the moon rose at 7:43pm and the sun was setting at 7:54pm. So as the …
Environmental Education, Leadership, Urban Nature, Water, Wildlife »
Les Franklin, a member of the Junior Outdoor Afro Youth Leadership Team (JOALT) and student at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, was the official recorder for a team conducting a survey of colonial nesting waterbirds, today. Hundreds of herons, egrets, and ibis tending to nests, eggs, and chicks…the island was buzzing with wildlife activity!
The JOALT is a pilot of the Outdoor Afro Leadership Team for youth, in partnership with the Maryland Coastal Bays program designed to connect leadership, environmental stewardship, outdoor recreation, and career pathways for high school students.
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 …