Nature for All

Nature for All: A Dialogue About Diversity in Conservation

Join the National Aquarium and community partners for an evening of dialogue about diversity in conservation. An esteemed panel of conservation trailblazers will share their insights and inspiration, reflecting on challenges, trends and progress in the field. Lend your voice to be part of the discussion and get to know leaders who are working to connect diverse communities to the outdoors.

The evening begins with a complimentary reception featuring local organizations leading the movement to connect underrepresented communities to nature, environmental careers and conservation action. Meet the people working to build an inclusive and sustainable future.

At the inaugural Nature for All event in 2018, the National Aquarium was pleased to welcome conservation trailblazer Dr. Maime Parker, the first African American regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Watch Video →

Featured speakers:

Tamara Toles O'Laughlin

Executive Director, Maryland Environmental Health Network

Ms. Toles O'Laughlin is an advocate who has worked for over 20 years to promote the principles of environmental justice, with a focus on community capacity building and environmental health. Now leading the Maryland Environmental Health Network, she has worked in various capacities at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Center on Race, Poverty and Environment; Natural Resources Defense Council; the Washington D.C. Department of Energy and Environment; and the Maryland Energy Administration.

Juan D. Martinez

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Children & Nature Network

Juan D. Martinez is the Children & Nature Network's vice president of strategic partnerships, and the CEO of Leaders in Action LLC. He has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management and implementation of strategy. A National Geographic Explorer and TED Speaker, he brings the power of ideas to life through community-driven solutions. Mr. Martinez has made a commitment to help empower the next generation of leaders dedicated to addressing systems of inequity and access to opportunities by working with community leaders, nonprofits and businesses across the country.

We hope you will join us for this meaningful and inspiring evening!

*After-hours events do not include access to exhibits.

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