The theme for the conference, "Inspiration and Action Through Collaboration," is being driven by some of our enthused students who attended the Student Congress for Climate and Conservation (Sc3) over the summer, and the Bioneers Conference in the fall. These conferences inspired a positive vision of the future through a lens of personal commitment and collaboration that we would like to infuse and underlie the spirit of our own conference this year.
Juan Martinez, Coordinator for the Natural Leaders Network.
We met Juan this year at the Sc3 in West Virginia. Juan works with the Children and Nature Network, a network cofounded by Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods). As a youth growing up in East Los Angeles, Juan achieved his own personal transformation and has become an eloquent advocate for the gifts that Nature provides us. He is also a powerful spokesperson for the importance of cultivating an awareness and appreciation for the natural world in our lives and in our educational communities.