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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! We use social media to create interest communities, events, and to help shift the visual representation of who gets outdoors. Here is where you can start locally connecting with people who share your outdoor interests and aspirarions!

Upcoming events (3)

Shorebird Stewardship Trip- Anclotte Key Preserve State Park

Honeymoon Island State Park

Review before attending: http://www.outdoorafro.com/outdoor-afro-trip-waiver_2017002_waiver/ - Details - Join Audubon Florida and Outdoor Afro for a trip to Three Rooker Island! Meet at the Caladesi Island ferry launch by 9:30am. We will board a 25' boat there and Jessica Lewis, Audubon Florida biologist, will take us to beautiful Three Rooker Island. There we will walk around the island, checking out the nesting native shorebirds, the coastal environment, and other beach species. Part of the stewardship program is educating beachgoers on our coast's ecology. More information below. Unfortunately, people under 18 years old cannot participate in this event. - About the Island - Three Rooker Island is a special place! Shorebird nesting season occurs between April and September. There are no mammalian predators or beach driving on this island and there is a relatively vacant shoreline on weekdays. As a result, it has a larger density and diversity of nesting than a majority of shorebird nesting sites in the region, and it's a popular location for visitors. Several species - birds, stingrays, fish, manatee, dolphin, marsh grass, cabbage palms, black and red mangroves, gopher tortoise, etc. - call Three Rooker home. We can expect to see a variety of terns, seagulls, herons, egrets, and plovers. - About Stewardship Program - We take volunteers, or "stewards", out to these islands each weekend during nesting season and on holidays. A busy weekend for this island will see 1,000 boats anchored off the shoreline. Volunteers serve to educate visitors on the ecological significance of the site and help protect threatened species during their critical nesting season. You'll receive training on what to say ("look at these cute birds!") and what to look out for (for instance, drones aren't allowed in the park). You should not feel obligated to approach anyone that you don't want to. This is a very friendly and positive interaction with others that are also on the island to enjoy nature. Some stewards choose to pick up trash while stewarding. Jessica will provide bags for anyone who wants to do this as well. - Be Prepared - What To Bring (necessary): - wear clothes that can get wet - water (reusable water bottle[s] preferred) - lunch or snack - phone What To Bring (recommended): - backpack - sunscreen (please try to wear sunscreen that is reef-safe, as you'll be somewhat in the water; Jessica will have some available!) - sunglasses - hat - binoculars - towel - camera - snack - rain jacket - waterproof case for phone and/or camera - What's Provided To You - We provide transportation to and from Three Rooker Islands from Honeymoon Island State Park, training, umbrella, chair, emergency water, and first aid - not to mention the coolest volunteer opportunity around! - Physical Activity - You will not need to swim (but you're free to do so!). We could be in water that is ankle-to-thigh deep, depending on the tide. When it comes to water, you will either be in a boat with a life jacket/personal flotation device on, or calmly wading in water with your feet on the ground. You will be boarding a boat from a floating dock. Once we're at the island, you'll be wading to shore. Upon return, you'll wade back out to the anchored boat and use a small ladder to get back onto the boat. We have 70+-year-old volunteers that do this just fine, but make a smart decision about your abilities, and consider any injuries you may have. If you want more details, feel free to call Jessica Lewis [masked]). - Weather - Small rain showers are common during the wet season in Florida. We will not go out or stay out if there is nearby lightning or high winds. Have faith! Jessica is very experienced in working on these islands and will not put you in a dangerous situation. - Required Waiver - We will be in a Florida State Park, and they require a waiver for all volunteers. We'll have one available for you to sign when you arrive. Here is a copy for you to read over in advance here. - Audubon Florida - This nonprofit organization unites sanctuary management, ecosystem science, and environmental education programs to foster natural resource and wildlife conservation. - Questions - Please email ([masked]) or call [masked]) Jessica Lewis with questions, after you've thoroughly read the description. Looking forward to bringing everyone out to our beautiful barrier islands!

5 Mile Bike Ride-unpaved nature trail

Lake Rogers Park

Please review this waiver BEFORE attending. You do NOT have to sign it before attending: http://www.outdoorafro.com/outdoor-afro-trip-waiver_2017002_waiver/ Join OA on an unpaved nature trail. Your bike must be a mountain bike or a fitness hybrid with tires that can handle sand. Read the event information below, so you are prepared for fun! Meet at park entrance:parking area. 1. Event Level: Moderate 2. Cost: $2 cash or card 3. Please bring: -bike (must be a mountain bike or a fitness hybrid with tires that can handle sand) -helmet -bug spray -towel -change of clothes -32 oz or more of water No previous experience is needed to enjoy this beautiful walk through nature. Rain could force a cancellation. No dogs. All are welcome!

Fishing Clinic with De Soto National Memorial

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Please review this waiver BEFORE attending. You do NOT have to sign it before attending: http://www.outdoorafro.com/outdoor-afro-trip-waiver_2017002_waiver/ Historically, the waters surrounding De Soto National Memorial have been fished for centuries. First, by native peoples who stretched their long nets out into the centers of rivers and bays to reap the bounty that the seas provided. PayPal [masked] $5 to reserve your spot. NO REFUNDS. There are only 10 spots for this clinic. If you RSVP without sending the $5, you’ll be moved to the waitlist until the payment happens to leave the spots open. Waitlist participants will be notified if a spot come open. The Class Details: Each camp starts with a basic introduction to fishing rods, reels, lines, and lures. Proper knot tying techniques are shown and practiced so your catch won't slip away! Casting, one of the trickiest and important parts of fishing is practiced in a fun and safe way. Participants try to snag backyard bass on the lawn, and refine their casting technique. Finally, everyone will receive a crash course in identification of native fish species and the Florida rules and regulations that go along with each fish. After all of this has been learned and practiced, it is then time to apply this knowledge by going fishing. Park staff will assist you on your first fishing experience in the park. We provide the rods and the bait. Please bring: -bug spray -sun block -hat (it's gonna be hot) -water Rain could force a cancellation. No dogs. All are welcome!

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