Connect to our Leadership Network and Create Relevant Outdoor Experiences for Yourself, Your Family, and Your Community.
We Build Community
Outdoor Afro Leaders are deeply connected to each other and their local communities. Your term on the OALT begins at the annual Outdoor Afro Leadership Training. Leaders affirm Outdoor Afro values through a curriculum created and led by existing OALT members. You will learn about trip planning basics, the health impacts of nature, conservation ethics, risk management, and effective social media engagement. New and returning leaders share their strengths with each other and immediately apply learned skills at the training.
We Narrate Our Storied Landscapes
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.
We recognize that stewardship is a part of a Black legacy.
We Change the Conversation
Since 2009, we have evolved to become one of the few authorities on Black American community engagement in the outdoors. We do not ask, “Where is the diversity in the outdoors?” Our starting place is that all Black people have a unique relationship with nature. Our leaders create accessible outdoors experiences in kayaks, with backpacks, around the fireplace, on skis, in the garden, at the city park, in the backcountry, at the vineyard, on the mountain, at the bbq pit, in the woods, under the moonlight and at the beach.
We Strengthen Skills
We restore outdoor leadership back to the home. Applicants don’t need to have formal outdoor experience. We help ordinary people, the accountant, the student, the lawyer, the teacher and the musician, equip themselves with knowledge and confidence to be able to create lasting and relevant outdoor experiences for their families and their communities, drawing on the lessons of our parents and our ancestors.
Learn More about Our Unique, Nationally Recognized Learning Environment.
One of our very first in-person leadership trainings
Many partners joining us exclusively for leadership training to provide support and experiences
Many partners joining us exclusively for leadership training to provide support and experiences.
In 2013, Outdoor Afro convened a team of 13 individuals in Clearlake, California. Inspired by founder Rue Mapp’s invitation to build a broader community and leadership in nature, participants traveled from around the country to contribute to a curriculum grounded in relevant engagement, risk management, conservation and community organizing. The team was introduced to select outdoor industry partners and collaborated with them on relevant messaging for their product. Following the training, newly minted Outdoor Afro Leaders returned home, and leveraged nature to grow healthier families, neighborhoods, churches, and cities.
Today, Outdoor Afro reviews hundreds of applications annually and selects dozens of individuals to join our nationally recognized team. Driven by the same enthusiasm and commitment to serve, leaders come together to connect to each other and acquire tools to lead creative and relevant outdoor adventures.
Interested in our Leadership Program?
While we’re always looking for outstanding community leaders who love nature, our applications for new leaders will open in November. We prioritize people who have attended Outdoor Afro events, or engaged with us online for potential networks, so be sure to follow us!