Diversity, Equity, and America's Conservation Legacy

Earning a scholarship to an Outward Bound Backpacking course, Juan experienced the power of the North Cascades at the age of 16. A proud product of South Central Los Angeles, Juan D. Martinez is Director for the Natural Leaders Network. His passion to empower youth led him to direct Sierra Club's first Environmental Justice Youth Leadership Academy in Los Angeles. Today he is a National Geographic Explorer and was recently recognized by the National Science Teachers Association for his work as a Global Explorer to create equity for all people in the outdoors through science and education. The Latino community is at the epicenter of ensuring a relevant future for outdoor recreation, conservation, and public land stewardship. As the largest and fastest growing minority group, Latinos will play a critical role in how we address our conservation and outdoor recreation challenges. But what drives this passion for Latinos in the 21st century?

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