Show-Me Skiers of St. Louis

By Outdoor Afro Contributor Danielle N. Lee My first time skiing was an experience. I’m from the south, so frolicking in the cold or snow wasn’t a bog part of my childhood experience.  However, I love the outdoors and I love trying new things, so I joined a group of friends who introduced me to…

Image is Everything

By Outdoor Afro Contributor, Javaughn Fernanders There is an uneasy predictable phrase I hear after requesting my family’s presence in the great outdoors: “You don’t see us out there!” Seeing. We are told not to believe what we see, and yet we trust our eyes not only to reveal truths about our immediate environment, but to…

Spotted on (Easter) Sunday

Danielle Lee of Urban Science Adventures shares an SOS moment at the St. Louis Gateway Arch and Jefferson Nation Expansion Memorial with her family! Danielle is a Biologist and studies Animal Behavior, Mammalogy, and Ecology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She is preparing for a career in Science and Science Outreach, and completing…

Part 2: Exercising Outdoors in the Winter Months

By Dudley Edmondson Continued from Part 1 Now you need something for the head and hands. I usually wear a synthetic stocking cap. The word synthetic pops up a lot because it is the fabric most commonly used in designing “performance clothing” that is clothing specifically desinged to be used in a number of outdoor…

Black People in an REI Commercial?

In a rare TV watching moment, I came across an even more rare REI commercial. When the commercial ended, I wondered, did I just see people of color….camping — or was it wishful thinking? Well, of course I had to find the commercial on YouTube, and after about five views, I am now about 99.3%…

Etiquette Tips For Camping with Friends and Family

You can’t change your friends and family, but you can change the way you camp with them. Some moderate planning can make a big difference in your camping experience together. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your camping trips with loved ones: Shared Space In some areas, the outdoors…