Meaningful Nature Engagement in Stressed Communities

03/10/2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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.

This virtual event is part of ON BELONGING IN OUTDOOR SPACES,  a FREE speaker series on access, inclusion, & connection in nature.  Full info at https://www.onbelongingoutdoors.org/

This free speaker series addresses the challenges and importance of establishing diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor spaces, and will feature speakers whose work is advancing efforts to strengthen belonging and connection between communities of color and the benefits of time in nature.

Much of the Greater Boston area is home to world-class trails, conservation land, and expansive farmland. What needs to be done to ensure the benefits of green space are accessible to all? How can we ensure that people of all backgrounds feel welcome and comfortable while enjoying the outdoors?

Register for this or all events in the series at:

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ZOOM info will be sent in advance of each speaking engagement.

Series Schedule:

  • March 10th, 2021, 7pm ET
    “Meaningful Nature Engagement in Stressed Communities”
    Akiima Price, Award-Winning Family and Community Engagement Specialist
  • April 14th, 2021, 7pm ET
    “Close Attention: Exploring a creative practice inside and outside the studio”
    Evelyn Rydz, Artist
  • May 2021  – date TBD
    Dr. Monica White, author of “Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement”
  • June 2nd, 2021, 7pm ET
    “Coloring the Conservation Conversation”
    Dr. J. Drew Lanham, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson UniversityHosted by deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Farrington Nature Linc, The Food Project, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, Mass Audubon, and The Walden Woods Project. Additional support provided by the Lincoln Garden Club, the Ogden Codman Trust, and the Bemis Free Lecture Series.