Here is your 2018 Outdoor Afro Leadership Team! The team unites nearly 80 amazing leaders from diverse backgrounds in 30 states and the District of Columbia. These volunteers embody the promise and passion to continue what Outdoor Afro trailblazed in 2009 – writing a new and different narrative about Black leadership in the outdoors.

As outdoor enthusiasts, community organizers, and health and wellness advocates, these leaders will continue the success of the previous three classes of Outdoor Afro Leadership. Each Leader will create and guide monthly trips, leverage social media and collaborate with local, relevant environmental organizations to deepen connections with the outdoors.

We deeply invest in our leaders through our annual in person training. This month, our team will gather at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to deepen relationships with each other and build on existing expertise.

Leaders will affirm Outdoor Afro values through a curriculum that includes trip planning, the health impacts of nature, conservation ethics, risk management, and effective social media engagement.

Moreover, leaders will strategize with leading outdoor industry brands, such as REIKEENKlean KanteenColumbia SportswearNational Wildlife Federation CaliforniaThe North FaceU.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceOsprey Packs, Patagonia, Big AgnesClif Bar and Yakima Racks.