On Belonging in Outdoor Spaces
A speaker series on access, inclusion, and connection in nature
(updated March 18, 2021) This virtual speaker series ran March through June 2021 and was hosted by deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Farrington Nature Linc, The Food Project, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, Mass Audubon, and The Walden Woods Project. Additional sponsorship was generously provided by the Ogden Codman Trust, the Lincoln Garden Club, and the Bemis Free Lectures Series. The speaker series featured prominent speakers whose work is advancing efforts to strengthen belonging and connection between communities of color and the benefits of time in nature. In spring 2021 we welcomed Akiima Price, Evelyn Rydz, Dr. Monica White, and Dr. J. Drew Lanham. Check back here after each program for additional information, resources, and program recordings.
To register for the series, please visit www.onbelongingoutdoors.org.
How can creative engagement connect communities to our natural surroundings? Can nature encourage healing and stronger community relationships? Akiima Price will share her experience with these topics in her talk, “Meaningful Nature Engagement in Stressed Populations.”
Akiima Price is an award-winning thought leader at the intersection of social and environmental issues and the relationship between nature and community well being. Her innovative programming strategies feature nature as a powerful medium to connect stressed youth, adults, and families in meaningful, positive experiences that affect the way they feel about themselves, their communities, and their parks. From her early career experiences as a National Park Service Interpretation Ranger at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Boulder City, Nevada, to her national work with environmental and social service organizations, she has cultivated her experiences into cutting-edge best practices in trauma-informed environmentalism.