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One of the things that can hold people — adults, kids, families and otherwise — back from purposefully spending time outside is the idea that “nature” looks like something other than what is right outside their front door. If it doesn’t look like a National Park, does it really count as “nature?”
The truth, of course, is that “nature” is whatever is in the fresh air right outside your front door. But can you help yourself and your family see, appreciate and enjoy that, especially when you think parts of it — bugs, weather, etc. — are things you really don’t like?
Today’s guest Zenovia Stephens has made a mission of helping kids and families get outside near her home in Alabama. Founder of the nonprofit Black Kids Adventures, Zenovia and her family, known as the Black Adventure Crew, work to help Black families get outside while working to increase representation in the outdoor community.
[3:19] Zenovia Stephen’s favorite outdoor space
[4:37] How Zenovia became someone who likes to go outside
[8:11] How Black Adventure Crew and Black Kids Adventures got started
[9:17] Common misconceptions about heading outside
[11:10] Do people think nature has to be something that it isn’t?
[15:50] How she got to liking nearby nature
[19:23] How do you create a mindset to welcome discomfort?
[29:00] The trick of using our kids to get us outside
[40:30] How people can connect with Black Kids Adventures