VMN D&I Webinar Series: Connecting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to Nature in Baltimore
From Michelle Prysby
This webinar is part of the Virginia Master Naturalist Diversity & Inclusion Webinar Series in Fall 2021. It has two parts, followed by a joint question-and-answer session. Funding for this webinar series was provided through a grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment.
Part 1: Black by Nature founder, Diamon Clark, shares her lessons learned as a diversity advocate in the outdoor community, her journey as an environmental educator, and her success facilitating the first all-Black cohort of Maryland Master Naturalists this year.
Part 2: Hear from Atiya Wells, founder of Backyard Basecamp in Baltimore City, as she discusses the importance of equity in greenspace design, creation, and community cultivation. With their BLISS Meadows project, Backyard Basecamp has reclaimed 10-acres of vacant land in their neighborhood to be used as a place for environmental education and community greenspace.
Diamon Clark is a Baltimore city native, Maryland Master Naturalist, and has a B.S. in Environmental Science. She is also the founder of Black by Nature, a non-profit organization whose mission is to elevate Black joy and environmental literacy through naturalist training, outdoor programs, and science storytelling. Diamon has worked as an independent researcher, environmental educator, freelance writer, facilitator, and is an avid explorer. Most importantly, she is an advocate for diversity in outdoor recreation and environmental leadership.
Host and Moderator: Michelle Prysby, Virginia Master Naturalist Program Director
Zoom Recording ID: 86947633103 UUID: 1LfKOovnRYiU2BHSQBbRdQ== Meeting Time: 2021-11-01 10:37:23pm