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No registration necessary, however if you register you'll get an email with the Zoom link and a reminder email the day of the event.
Co-sponsored by Wenatchee Outdoors
Join us as together we take in the powerful stories and natural beauty in several short films on the topic of the inclusion of brown and black people in outdoor recreation, especially women. After each video (10 minutes each), we'll hear the thoughts and experiences from several local women of color.
Mary Big Bull-Lewis is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribe; Wenatchi, Moses and Entiat bands & a descendant of the Blackfoot Tribe. She is an Indigenous Entrepreneur who currently owns & operates two small businesses in the Wenatchee Valley with her husband, Rob. R Digital Design is a graphic design company that focuses on brand development and design for print. Wenatchi Wear is a clothing brand that is passionate about creating awareness & empowering Indigenous Peoples through authentic threads. The company is currently spearheading the Wenatchi Land Back project.
Karen Francis-McWhite is a mom, gardener, hiker, skier, newbie backpacker, and writer dedicated to inclusive and sustainable rural community development. Educated in both creative writing and law, she has a keen interest in the stories we tell about ourselves and about each other, and the ways law is used - and sometimes abused - by powerful storytellers. She has lived in and been an advocate for Central Washington residents and communities for eight of the last twelve years.
Elisa Lopez's passion for the natural world started at a young age. Both of her parents are migrant agricultural workers and for her first seven years Elisa grew up on Stemilt Hill surrounded by orchards. Elisa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and began nourishing her connection to the outdoors as well as helping others build their connection in 2018. Through her work with Team Naturaleza, Elisa is creating a space where the Hispanic/Latinx community can gather, learn about the environment bilingually, and gain a sense of belonging in the outdoors. After traveling to Bocas del Toro, Panama, in 2016, Elisa started taking steps towards living sustainably and creating less waste. One of her most recent successes in this journey has been growing her own food.
Chelsea Murphy is a Jill of all trades. A hiker, backpacker, amateur activist, writer, community organizer and mother of two adventurous girls. She spends her time promoting diversity in adventure and combating racism in the outdoors. Her mission is to be a representation for Black mothers and children to get outside and break down barriers placed on them by societal biases and stereotypes. She loves to get outdoors in every season celebrating new and adventurous activities. She believes that all people should have equal access to nature and the great outdoors and wants to help normalize conversations around how we can change that. She is so happy to share some of her life experiences with you. Visit SheColorsNature.com.
Photo of Elisa, Chelsea and Karen, taken by Erin Joy Nash taken while filming for the Brave Space Project on Lake Wenatchee.