Rue Mapp has always loved the outdoors. The founder of the national organization, Outdoor Afro, Rue is a hunter, adventurer and motivational speaker, and she recently added author to her many titles. Her first book Nature Swagger continues the mission of Outdoor Afro and celebrates the Black outdoor experience around the world through dazzling photos, engaging stories and essays.
Though she grew up in Oakland, California, Mapp spent her weekends and summers on a family ranch a few hours outside of the city. During her childhood, she experienced the life-changing power of connecting with nature, and in 2009 Mapp created Outdoor Afro, a blog that would transform into a national movement.
Today, Outdoor Afro is a national network that encourages and provides opportunities for Black people to experience the outdoors, and the non-profit organization has grown to a network of over 60,000 people in 60 cities. Read on to get Rue's advice for beginner adventurers who are looking to get outdoors and spend more time in nature.