PAST EVENT - THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2020 9-10:30 a.m.

"Racial Equity and Access to Nature"
This symposium featured a live discussion with conservation advocates from across the country and Forest Preserves of Cook County, moderated by Forest Preserve Foundation Staff.

To view a video of the symposium click here. 

To read a blog post about the symposium click here. 

Advocates panelists
Advocates panelists
Forest Preserves Panelists
Forest Preserves Panelists

This event included a panel of thought leaders and experts from across the country and the Forest Preserves of Cook County during a topical and engaging discussion on equity in the outdoors. This 90-minute virtual event addressed ways to make outdoor recreation more equitable and diverse, opportunities for enjoying nature and more.

Advocates Panel

Heather Miller, Executive Director American Indian Center

José González, Founder, Latino Outdoors


Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Environmental & Health Sciences

Forest Preserves of Cook County Panel

Arnold Randall, General Superintendent, Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Raquel Garcia-Alvarez, Stewardship Program Coordinator

Emily Harris, Conservation and Policy Council; Principal, Harris Strategies, LLC


Jennifer Schwarz Ballard

Charles Bernardini

David Brint

Hon. Scott Britton

Christopher Burke

Kathy Deane

Catherine Game

Helene Gayle

Eleanor Grumman

Daiva Gylys

Andy Johnson

Howard Learner

Rana Lee

Carolyn Williams Meza

Hon. Kevin Morrison

Hon. Sean Morrison

Greg Mueller

Charles O’Leary

Tanvi Parikh

Anngie Richter

Theresa Salus

Beth Spurgeon

Deborah Stone

Michael Sutton

Karen Tharp

Sophia Twichell

Jacqui Ulrich

Mae Whiteside

Michael Witte


Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation

Walder Foundation

Annual Symposium

This special event draws civic and business leaders from around the country.

Read about our 2019 Symposium here.

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