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Saturday, September 13 • 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Where is the Park? Why we must reconnect with the outdoors and what's at stake if we don't - FREE ADMISSION LIMITED

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Nature and the Outdoors provide us with a multitude of benefits, from personal and social health benefits, to cultural connections rooted in tradition and history. Reconnecting to the outdoors is a necessity at the personal and community level, from young to old, across cultures and generations. It is a way to heal the self and community, to value the cultural connections of communities, to think about the future while protecting our open spaces and building on the conservation successes of the past. Come listen to how these leaders are working to reconnect ourselves and communities with the outdoors and why this matters.

Laura Rodriguez,Sierra Club's Inspiring Connections Outdoors Rafting, Chair
Jose Gonzalez, Latino Outdoors
Juan Martinez, Children & Nature Network
Rod Torrez, Hecho 
Maite Arce, Hispanic Access Foundation 


Midy Aponte

President, Sánchez Ricardo
Most recognized for her community influencer and leadership abilities, Midy Aponte is an accomplished communications strategist intent on delivering meaningful results that connect all types of audiences: corporate representatives, political thought-leaders, community advocates and next-generation influencers. She is currently an independent consultant serving outdoor recreation and environment and conservation clients and is collaborating with... Read More →


Maite Arce

Maite’s family emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in search for work and a better life in the 1970s. She was raised in Southern California. While working in the nonprofit sector for many years, she realized how much easier life could have been for her parents had they had access to information, resources, and personalized guidance to help them navigate the surroundings of their adopted country upon their arrival to the U.S. Her family has... Read More →

Jose Gonzalez

Jose González is an experienced educator in formal and informal education settings with an array of associated interests in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment. He has broad experience as a k-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He is currently working on several projects, with a focus on founding and growing... Read More →

Rod Torrez

Rod Torrez was born in Williams, Arizona, and has lived most of his life in the West. Love for the outdoors and an ethic to care for the land was instilled in him during his childhood in Arizona and Colorado, where he learned to enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and cross-country skiing. Descended from Chavez, Torrez, Baca and Cordova families of New Mexico and Northern Arizona, and with ties to Pueblo culture, his roots run centuries deep... Read More →

Saturday September 13, 2014 4:15pm - 5:30pm
The Dairy Center for the Arts, East Theater 26th & Walnut Street | Boulder, CO 80302

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