Nature Forward's Naturally Latinos Conference takes place January 24-27, 2024. This graphic features headshots of many of the speakers and presenters for the upcoming event.

Nature Forward is excited to present the
2024 Naturally Latinos Conference
Wednesday, Jan. 24 – Saturday, Jan. 27

Virtual & In Person

Themed “Pertenenciendo: Nuestras Raíces, Nuestra Tierra (Belonging: Our Roots, Our Earth),” this multi-media experience will offer virtual (Wednesday and Thursday) and in-person (Friday) dialogue, presentations and performances focused on the needs and interests of Latine environmental professionals, environmental justice advocates, educators, and nature enthusiasts.

Keynote speakers to include:

Vanessa García Polanco pictured at her computer.

Vanessa García Polanco

A researcher and Government Relations Director at the National Young Farmers Coalition, Vanessa García Polanco will deliver the keynote presentation on Wednesday, January 24.

“I am looking forward to be in community with fellow Latine leaders to celebrate our work for more inclusive nature-based solutions and spaces from education to advocacy.”

Dr. Jessica Hernandez poses alongside a poster images of her book Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science.

Dr. Jessica Hernandez

Dr. Jessica Hernandez, author of the award-winning book Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science, will take the virtual stage on Thursday, January 25.

“Estoy encantada de elevar las voces de los pueblos originarios de América Latina en NLC 2024. Siendo una mujer indígena, es importante para mí representar a los antepasados y a las siete generaciones en mi trabajo.”

See more of the agenda
(additional presenters to be announced):

Images of men working in a stream; a woman on her bicycle; and a young man in a kayak.

The conference will also include a day of immersive outdoor nature experiences appropriate to the time of year. An anticipated 400 attendees will leave Naturally Latinos 2024 inspired, reinvigorated, and connected to a growing community of people bringing about environmental change.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors:
US Forest Service logo
The Campbell Foundation logo
Trust for Public Land logo
Maryland Ornithological Society logo
American Bird Conservancy logo
Bonsai Leadership Group, LLC
Montgomery Parks logo
National Wildlife Federation logo
Potomac Conservancy logo