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Nature Night: Creating Generational and Communal Ties to Nature with Vicente Harrison

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When: Nov 13, 2018 from 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm

Studies have shown that people of color disproportionately access the outdoors and take part in fewer outdoor recreational activities than other Americans because systematic barriers continue to be in place, thus reducing their access to nature. We also know that exposure to and time in natural environments promotes positive mental and physical health. How can we break down the systemic barriers that limit marginalized communities from accessing nature and receiving its benefits?

Schedule: 6:30 p.m.: Book signing and songs of unity with Aaron Nigel Smith |7 – 8 p.m.: Presentation by Vicente Harrrison followed by short discussion
Where: Heron Hall (5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland)
 
Vicente Harrison

Studies have shown that people of color disproportionately access the outdoors and take part in fewer outdoor recreational activities than other Americans because systematic barriers continue to be in place, thus reducing their access to nature. We also know that exposure to and time in natural environments promotes positive mental and physical health. How can we break down the systemic barriers that limit marginalized communities from accessing nature and receiving its benefits?

Vicente Harrison helps address these questions, and much more, bringing his background as a African American Park Ranger and author of children’s book My Nature Exploration to Audubon Society of Portland’s Nature Night at 7pm on Tuesday, November 13th. Join us before the presentation, at 6:30, for a book signing featuring songs of unity with Aaron Nigel Smith.

Vicente’s presentation will also feature Ricky Allen, Vice Principal at Jefferson High School and Birder and Audubon bird class assistant and Greg Baker, Author & Educator, and one of few birders to ever attempt a “Big Decade”. All three birders will share their experiences of what has been successful in opening the outdoors to communities of color, in collaboration with exposing more people to the outdoor environment through birding. They will talk about ways to address lack of resources, knowledge, and opportunity that children of color are provided to enjoy the outdoors, and how we can all help create a community that offers equitable exposure to nature.

Through this presentation, you will hear stories of inspiration and of some things we can do to close this gap of diversity & equity in recreation. You can also learn more about Vicente’s inspiration to creating his first published work, My Nature Exploration, a book that will encourage generations of children to open their eyes and hearts to the beauty of nature that lies just beyond their doors. You may just be able to bring home your own newly signed copy!

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