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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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Upcoming events (5+)

Cinco de Mayo at Sapelo Island

Meridian Ferry Dock

Join the Renegade Campers for an all-inclusive adventure at Georgia's most beautiful sea island. Meet the Salt Water Geechee people of idyllic Hog Hammock. Stroll along Nanny Goat Beach. Fly your kite on Cabretta Beach. Cycle along dirt roads to the island's beautiful lighthouse. We're arriving at the beginning of sea-turtle laying season, so expect to see plenty of sea creatures frolicking on the beach. Meet us at the ferry dock in Darien no later than 2:45pm to catch the final ferry of the day to Sapelo Island, where we will be welcomed with a lovely fish dinner prepared by a Sapelo Island local chef. After breakfast on Saturday, we'll climb aboard an air-conditioned bus for an in-depth island tour including Hog Hammock, Behavior Cemetery, First African Baptist Church, the Chocolate Plantation and the outer-reaches of the island that most tourist never see. After lunch we'll amuse ourselves on Nanny Goat beach, where friendly dolphins often swim right into the shallows to investigate us. Once we've feasted upon the low-country boil on Saturday night dinner and then we'll relax under Sapelo's infinite skies for a majestic stargaze, enhanced by the new moon. (May the 4th be with you!) Chef Carolyn will to prepare her famous breakfast paella for a sensational Sunday brunch. This exclusive cultural adventure includes: Round-trip ferry ride to and from Sapelo Island 2-nights accommodations in double occupancy (twin) rooms (triples available) 2 locally prepared dinners, 1 hearty breakfast, 1 fabulous brunch and an island tour Bring your own adult beverages, personal bath towels, beach towels and personal snacks. Please confirm your registration by submitting the all-inclusive fee of $212 per person via PayPal to [masked] by April 27th. Remember to bring your beach towels and bathing suits for the beach; hiking boots for the trails and close-toed shoes to push the pedals on the single-speed bikes available around the island. This Sapelo Island weekend cultural adventure is limited to the imaginations of 20 adults.

Outdoor Afro Learns to Kayak!

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Learn to kayak with Outdoor Afro! Professional instructor John Miller offers an exclusive opportunity for Outdoor Afros to become proficient on the water! We will learn the "Essentials of River Kayak" as approved by the American Canoe Association (ACA). Class will be taught by two experienced ACA certified instructors. We will spend an hour on the riverbank, then a full day on the 'Hooch learning basic kayaking skills. This is an introductory class in which you will learn the skills needed to become a competent recreational paddler on lakes and easy rivers. This is for brand new paddlers or paddlers with a little experience that want to take their skills to the next level. After mastering these skills, transitioning to white water paddling becomes much easier if you decide to follow that route. We cover equipment and safety overview, stoke/paddling techniques/boat control practice, learn to 'read the river' and use its currents to our advantage. This part of the river is slow moving and essentially flat. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class II rapids. THIS IS AN ALL DAY CLASS. WE START AT 8:30am and TYPICALLY RETURN TO THE CARS BETWEEN 5:00 AND 6:00. We cover basic paddle strokes and boat control before moving down the river. WEAR: water shoes or sneakers WITHOUT LACES (NO FLIP FLOPS), quick-dry clothing (not cotton or denim), hat (optional), lightweight rain jacket. Shoes without laces are ideal. Sunglasses, on a safety cord. BRING: a hearty lunch (no coolers except small soft shell ones), LOTS of water, snacks/protein bars and sunscreen. We stop for lunch down stream around 1-1:30 so eat a good breakfast and bring a few granola bars to keep you going We provide the kayak, Personal Floatation Device and paddle unless you indicate that you have your own boat. ASSUME THAT EVERYTHING YOU BRING TO THE RIVER WILL GET WET. ZIPLOC bags are not water proof. Your instructor will have water proof bags for any items that might get damaged by water. This is NOT a kayak roll class. COST: $99/person YOUR REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE WHEN YOU HAVE PAID. Please submit registration fee via PayPal to [masked] by May 4th. Additional Details: We watch the weather and the Dam release schedules very closely. Sometimes we do have to reschedule. The decision is usually made the night before the class around 6 pm. It is imperative that you check your email late the night before or first thing in the morning of the class for any last minute changes. Please post your queries here or message me directly.

National Trails Day Hike

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park 2970 GA Highway 190, Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822

Celebrate National Trails Day other hikers across the nation at FDR State Park, Pine Mountain. Join this is a moderate 3.2 mile hike on the Mountain Creek Nature Trail. Meet at the picnic shelter below the dam in the campground. FREE! $5 parking pass required (pick yours up at your local library) Suitable for ages 8 and up Please remember to bring at least 2 liters of water and some snacks. Wear sturdy shoes and layer your clothing. Avoid wearing cotton!

The Great American Backyard Campout Wants YOU! (Volunteers Needed)

For the 9th successful year, the National Wildlife Federation is excited to return to the Outdoor Activity Center (OAC), a part of the Atlanta Children's Forest Network, for another Great American Campout. The OAC is a 26-acre urban nature preserve located just a few miles from downtown in the Richland Hills community of Southwest Atlanta The National Wildlife Federation, US Forest Service and the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance are seeking volunteers to help organize another spectacular event. The Campout officially begins on Saturday, June 29th at 3pm. Come out and camp or volunteer or BOTH!! Volunteer tasks include: • Camper Registration • Pitching tents • Assistance with food handling • General Hospitality • and MORE!! Interested in sharing your outdoor skills or camp songs or just connecting with nature and beautiful people? Join us! You may register for specific activities, here https://www.facebook.com/events/190679401569141??ti=ia RSVP on this page so we will know to look for you! Event Details: The Great American Backyard Campout is designed for first-time campers and their families. Campers learn to pitch tents, roast marshmallows, and hike at night. Campers get to listen to African storytelling and participate in a vibrant drum circle. Campers will also enjoy face painting, an insect safari, camp cooking demonstrations, live animal presentations, and many other activities! Check-in begins at 3pm on Saturday, June 29th and will close at 6pm. All adults must be accompanied by at least 1 child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Note: Saturday night dinner and a Sunday morning continental breakfast is provided. Tents The OAC has a limited number of tents available to families that need them. If you have your own tent, please bring it so that those who do not have a tent can participate. Forms Please print and bring the Photo Release (https://evbdn.eventbrite.com/s3-s3/eventlogos/53629410/videophotorelease.pdf) and Liability (https://evbdn.eventbrite.com/s3-s3/eventlogos/53629410/gabcliabilityform2coacsite.pdf) forms with you to the Campout to expedite check in! Additional Notes: Please bring your camp gear if you're spending the night. Bring a refillable water bottle, even if you are not spending the night. See you at the Campout! RELEASE Please make sure you review a copy of the Outdoor Afro trip waiver so that we can start this activity on time http://www.outdoorafro.com/out door-afro-trip-waiver_[masked]_ waiver/ (http://www.outdoorafro.com/outdoor-afro-trip-waiver_2017002_waiver/)

Past events (318)

TONIGHT! What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

Auburn Avenue Research Library

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