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Outdoor Afro is a community that reconnects African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities such as camping, hiking, biking, birding, fishing, gardening, skiing — and more! Outdoor Afro uses social media to create interest communities, events, and to partner with regional and national organizations that support diverse participation in the Great Outdoors. Here is where you can start locally connecting with people who share your outdoor interests!

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Kayaking On Watson Lake Prescott, AZ

Prescott Outdoors

Overview (Read to the END) Watson Lake is one of two reservoirs at the Granite Dells just minutes outside of the historic city of Prescott. Watson isn’t the largest of lakes, but the out-of-this-world scenery is definitely worth the trip. The “Granite Dells” is comprised of large, granite boulders dating back an astounding 1.4 billion years. Weathering and erosion have caused the boulders to become rounded, giving Watson Lake its distinct look. Vegetation grows out of some of the rock formations, exemplifying the strength and resilience of nature. Getting out on the water allows you to see the lake from a completely different perspective and gives you the ability to paddle right to the base of the giant granite boulders. There are many coves to explore on the lake, which are perfect for kayak fishermen. The lake is known for having bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and carp – and it is stocked with trout in the winter. Since motorized boats are limited to 5 mph, this lake is perfect for beginner kayakers. During our leisurely paddle, we will park our kayak at one of the rock formations and take a quick hike to the top. The aerial view of the lake is absolutely magical and one we definitely don’t want to miss. *******TICKET INFO******** GET YOUR TICKET NOW!!! There are LIMITED tickets online at GROUPON for $18.00 for 2 hour. Get your tickets for the 9am time slot. https://www.groupon.com/deals/viator-prescott-outdoors-1 *******Where to meet******** We will carpool from the Carefree Albertson parking lot closest to Mcdonald. https://goo.gl/maps/YMXuVgKhNpo *******Beginner Kayakers******* There will be a class on kayaking on April 3, 2019 with our REI partner. https://www.meetup.com/Outdoor-Afro-Arizona/events/259900940/ *******What to bring******* Waterproof bag (Dry bag) Water shoe or sandals Navigation (map and compass) Sun Protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen) Insulation (extra clothing) bathing suit & Towel Illumination (headlamp or flashlight) First-aid supplies Repair kit and tools (including knife) Nutrition (extra food) Hydration (extra water 2 liters) Signaling (whistle, cell phone) Personal (glasses, prescriptions) Please make sure you review a copy of the Outdoor Afro's waiver so that we can start this activity on time. http://outdoorafro.com/waiver *******Lunch Alert****** Hay Afro's lets hangout after the hike for lunch. Location TBD

Bell Trail to the Crack: Moderate to Difficult 7 Miles Swimming Hole Hike

Overview Ripping into the edge of the Mogollon Rim, Wet Beaver Creek is an oasis. The trail is wide and easy to follow with many options along the way. If you like Sedona and love West Fork of Oak Creek, try this creek. You can follow the Bell Tail for an average tour or skirt the creek for memories of a lifetime. The Crack' is a cliff jumper's dream, but it also offers something for everyone, with smooth rocks for sunbathing and shallow waters for wading. To get to The Crack, it's about a 3.5-mile hike each way, making it slightly less popular than Sedona's more accessible swimming holes. While you only gain about 500 feet of elevation, the hot desert sun is what makes this hike tough - but the swimming hole makes it totally worth it. We will park at the Bell Trailhead in a well-marked parking lot (just follow the signs for Beaver Creek Work Center). https://goo.gl/maps/YKRrkRiqdPt There are pit toilets at the trailhead and no fee or permit required to park there. On nice days during fall and spring, the parking lot can fill up, in which case you can park in the overflow parking areas (you'll see signs before arriving at the trailhead). From the parking lot, follow the signs for Bell Trail. There will be two times where you'll come to a fork in the trail - once at Weir Trail and once to pass the creek - stay to the left both times. Not long after you pass the second fork, you'll arrive at the swimming hole. All that's left to do is choose a spot and jump in! Trail details: intermediate hike, little to no shade, 7 miles total see link for more details https://www.gaiagps.com/public/wKcujAumeVLMOvYFClokO7lc *******Where to meet******** We will carpool from the Carefree Albertson parking lot closest to Mcdonald. https://goo.gl/maps/YMXuVgKhNpo *******What to bring******* Hiking shoes or boots and water shoe or sandels Navigation (map and compass) Sun Protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen) Insulation (extra clothing) bathing suit Illumination (headlamp or flashlight) First-aid supplies Repair kit and tools (including knife) Nutrition (extra food) Hydration (extra water 3 liters) Signaling (whistle, cell phone) Personal (glasses, prescriptions) Please make sure you review a copy of the Outdoor Afro's waiver so that we can start this activity on time. http://outdoorafro.com/waiver *******Lunch Alert****** Hay Afro's lets hangout after the hike for lunch. Location TBD

Lava River Cave Hike (Moderate 1 mile)

Albertson's

Overview If you’re looking for a unique fun hike, the Lava Tubes are just what you need! As the name suggests, the cave was formed from actual lava! This is a super cool piece of history! The tubes are located right outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. The cave is open 24/7, and will be pitch black regardless of what time you go! The climb into the cave is the most challenging part of the entire hike. Once you make it past that, you totally got this! Make sure you have your flashlights ready, phone put away and your hands-free. Now into the black hole! Before you even start your descent into the cave you’re immediately greeted by a chilling breeze. Since the cave is so cold there are often ice patches on some of the rocks in the cooler seasons, so be careful on your way down. Also, don’t forget to be cautious of bumping your head on the ceiling above you, it can get pretty low in some places! Once you’re finally done climbing down, the trail evens out and turns into a pretty bumpy, but a level path. About a third of the time you will be climbing and hopping from rock to rock. It’s super fun! Eventually, you’ll come to a fork in the trail. Left is the easier choice… but right is where you get to test out your limbo skills! (If you choose to go right be prepared for the cave ceiling to drop down leaving you with only 2-3 feet standing room. People either awkwardly squat their way through or crawl for this section. It only lasts a couple seconds.) The two ways meet back up with each other within minutes. If you find yourself at a spot in the cave where there are no other hikers to be seen or heard, try turning off all your lights. It’s unreal how thick the darkness is around you! This might be a little too spooky for some though! Once you get to the end of the trail you’ll notice it warms up a bit, you might even end up tying your jacket around your waist. The trail will dead end, and then you turn back and head the way you came in. This hike could take you anywhere from 1-2 hours. You could always bring some snacks and hang out down there even longer. (Just make sure to pack out what you pack in!) The hike is rated moderate for a reason. It’s pitch black and the rocks you walk over aren’t always steady. You most likely will be stumbling a good chunk of the way. So definitely think twice about bringing young kiddos down here. ########Trail Head######## https://goo.gl/maps/qqL8TdTdwoJ2 ********Where to meet********* We will carpool from the Carefree Albertson parking lot closest to Mcdonald. Carpool as much as possible to help with the parking problem. https://goo.gl/maps/YMXuVgKhNpo *******What to bring******* Bring at least 2-3 light sources per person. Headlamps are extremely useful and make sure you have a fresh set of batteries in your flashlights! Don’t forget to wear proper footwear! Wear warm clothes, it’s usually around 40 degrees down in the cave. (Even during summer.) There’s a lot of spots in the cave where you can hit your head so put on a hat/beanie for a little protection. We got along fine without them, but a lot of hikers wore gloves and were carrying walking sticks to help them out. If you are not a fan of caves, tight spaces, and the dark this might not be for you! Navigation (map and compass) First-aid supplies Repair kit and tools (including knife) Nutrition (extra food) Hydration (extra water 3 liters) Signaling (whistle, cell phone) Personal (glasses, prescriptions) Please make sure you review a copy of the Outdoor Afro's waiver so that we can start this activity on time. http://outdoorafro.com/waiver *******Lunch Alert****** Hay Afro's lets hangout after the hike for lunch. Location TBD

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We are recruiting enthusiastic, committed, adventurous, and community oriented individuals to join our Outdoor Afro Leadership Team (OALT). *Are you an outdoor enthusiast who wants to lead creative and accessible outdoor events? *Do you want to receive specialized training and year long coaching on implementing successful strategies to reconnect Black people with nature? *Are you invested in leveraging the outdoors to improve Black family health? *Are you inspired by the Buffalo Soldiers, Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and Wangari Maathai? *Do you want to utilize the outdoors to learn and share important stories about Black history? *Do you want to connect to a nationally recognized network of Black Americans who share your love for the outdoors? If these questions resonate with you, apply to join the Outdoor Afro Leadership Team (OALT). About Outdoor Afro Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. We help people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet. About the Outdoor Afro Leadership Team The OALT was founded to empower everyday people to draw inspiration from Black history, art, music, and radicalism to become confident and skilled outdoor leaders. Our leaders create relationships between our communities and the outdoors by telling known, little known, and unknown stories about Black connections to public parks, watersheds and wilderness. Here is What We Require: *Facilitate a minimum 1 Outdoor Afro sponsored event every month *Participate in monthly conference calls with Outdoor Afro Executive Team andother OA Leaders *Attend the annual Outdoor Afro Training April 2018 in California (Travel costs covered by participant, Accommodations covered by Outdoor Afro) *Leverage social media to increase Black engagement with nature. To be considered for this unique opportunity, please complete the application at the link below. https://docs.google.com/a/outdoorafro.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMMy6R4-j2DXN-Ff5BuVqTVHvEvhHhM_kLhwR8kVBMRUWIaw/viewform We look forward to hearing from you!

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