In the Media

Converting the Digital Conversation Into Action

Rue Mapp is committed to sharing how people and organizations can connect to broader audiences, and realize new possibilities in outdoor exploration.  Rue is an energetic and engaging public speaker who inspires national audiences to think about social media and outdoor recreational participation in culturally relevant and innovative ways.

Roundup of Outdoor Afro in the News:


ABC, Channel 7,  Beyond the Headlines: “Nature Deficit Disorder”, aired August 8, 2010

Website Reunites African Americans with outdoors
September 14, 2012

Bay Sunday, San Francisco, Channel 5
December 10,2012

FOX News, “How nature can help combat effects of a sedentary lifestyle” Mar. 05, 2014


High Country News, July 2010

East Bay Express, September  2010

San Diego Family, April 2011

The Wilderness Professional, Summer 2011

Backpacker Magazine, Summer 2012

Audubon Magazine, December 2012

Ebony Magazine, May 2013

Sunset Magazine…coming May 2014


Forum with Micheal Krasny – 88.5 KQED, June 2011

Childhood Matters with Nurse Rona Renner – 98.1 KISS FM, June 2011

NPR with Michel Martin, October 2011

What The Community is Saying

“Rue is energetic, creative and visionary in her quest to create greater connection between African Americans and the environment through the use of online technologies. I highly recommend Ms. Mapp especially if you are interested in bold entrepreneurship and working with someone with highly evolved technological skills.”

Dr. Carolyn Finney, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley,  October 2009

“Dear Outdoor Afro – you would have been so proud of me this past weekend! I braved camping outdoors! I will admit that to watch the kids running around and playing in the dirt was priceless. No one asked about a TV or any indoor devices so it was quite refreshing. I will say that [my son] loved it and I will do it again just because he had so much fun and loved the experience.”

Tanya Manigault, Oakland, California, August 2010

“Rue is a detail-oriented professional who desires to stay on the cutting-edge. We had the opportunity to work together on a panel presentation for a national conference on diversity relating to parks and protected areas. I managed and organized the panel and, as one of four presenters, Rue was constantly on top of her game. I am impressed with Rue’s knowledge about social networking and her desire to do her “homework” to stay informed about trends in this important area of life. Furthermore, in getting to know Rue personally, I’m appreciative of her genuine interest in connecting African Americans, and others from culturally diverse backgrounds, with the GREAT outdoors!”

Dr. Nina Roberts,  Professor, San Francisco State University, October 2009