Nature Forward Conferences

Our Naturally Latinos and Taking Nature Black conferences and related events are premiere showcases for regional and national environmental leaders to help inform, engage and empower diverse communities around critical environmental issues.

Naturally Latinos Conference

Nature Forward and our partners hosted the 4th Naturally Latinos Conference on March 22-26, 2022. The event was presented in a hybrid format with a series of virtual panels and speakers that led up to an in-person networking and advocacy day at the Silver Spring Civic Center on March 25th.

Our 2022 theme was “Otro mundo es posible / Another world is possible,” and highlighted the importance, beauty, and urgency of co-creating powerful new visions for the future as we enter a form of rebirth into a post-Covid, climate-urgent world.

Taking Nature Black Conference

We will host our 5th Taking Nature Black conference March 8 – 11, 2023.

The theme, Belonging: Engaged and Empowered, reflects the need for environmental justice and togetherness as we continue to build power together.

The event will take place virtually on Wednesday, March 8th and 9th; and in person on Friday, March 10th at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Downton Silver Spring, MD. Saturday, March 11th will include free outdoor activities at locations TBA.


Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility are the core of our Flagship Conferences.  As a conference sponsor, you can advance your commitment to connecting with diverse environmental professionals and organizations.

Sponsors Include:

US Forest Service logo
Howard Hughes Medical Institute logo
REI Co-op logo
Trust for Public Land logo
The Campbell Foundation logo
The Nature Conservancy logo
Potomac Conservancy logo
Montgomery Parks logo
Bonsai Leadership Group, LLC
Chesapeake Bay Trust logo
American Bird Conservancy logo
National Wildlife Federation logo
Rock Creek Conservancy logo
Chesapeake Bay Program logo
Maryland Department of Natural Resources logo
Southern Environmental Law Center logo
Piedmont Environmental Council logo
Casey Trees logo
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection logo
Fairfax County Park Authority logo
Choose Clean Water Coalition logo
National Parks Conservation Association logo
Chesapeake Bay Legal Alliance logo
Safe Healthy Playing Fields
Sierra Club Maryland Chapter logo
Montgomery County Green Bank logo