New Partner! Outdoor Afro Wins Inspiration Award at Outdoor Retailer Show

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Soul River is proud to announce we are partnering with Outdoor Afro, a great organization that works to help African Americans connect with the great outdoors! Started by CEO Rue Mapp in 2009, the organization provides leadership training to facilitate conservation and recreational activities.

Their program is all about connecting people to the natural world through fun outdoor experiences. Like Soul River, they understand the benefits of connecting with nature and when people get outside, they become healthier, help foster stronger communities, and increase their stewardship to protect our precious natural environments. So far they have successfully connected nearly thousands of people to the outdoors and helped enhance their outdoor skills including camping, birding, and hiking.

Rue recently was awarded the Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, presented by Adidas Outdoor at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market for her great work in connecting African Americans to the outdoors and inspiring positive change in communities and the natural environment.

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You can support Rue and Outdoor Afro by sharing and donating to their indie go go campaign to spread their positive message, expand their effective program, and continue to make a difference nationwide!

Urban flytying and Spoken Word Event

 

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This event was an awesome community event! Very nice turn out! We made new friends and learn from others backgrounds and style patterns of tying flies. Some were just trout fisherman that was curious and some where steelheaders! All in a mixed under one roof being guided by our on passion and shared knowledge to show and share and teach one another! Thank you to Atlantis. Beans for coming in and doing a spoken word poetry for others to see you read your poetry. You can see the video here! https://vimeo.com/56844331 and thank you to SIMMS, Big thanks to (Elevated Coffee Shop based in Portland, Oregon located at 5261 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR), If you ever in this area or in town go by and have some good coffee and say hello to Sarah the owner! They also make great homemade waffles and have a nice intimate selection of wine and micro brew beer! And the last big thanks goes out to everyone who came out today to be part of Urban Fly Tying and nice to see some of the Stone Fly Maidens stop in and
Chuck Cooney WCFF President stop by and be part!

Photos provided by Mark Roberts! Thanks Mark.

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.Mark Robert looking over Brian Chou fly box.

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