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Thursday Night Nature: Embracing Diversity in the Environment: Exploring The Heart of the Matter with Renata Barnes and Jen Ventresca (August 31, 2023)

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Thursday, August 31 7:00 pm
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Thursday, August 31 8:00 pm

$15.00

In this candid conversation, Renata Barnes and Jen Ventresca will explore the barriers to environmental access. We will look at the history of various groups and how each has experienced the outdoors. Join the discussion about how we ensure that our outdoor spaces include everyone and are welcoming to a variety of expressions.

Renata Barnes is the director of programming and community engagement for the Outdoor Equity Alliance (OEA). She has successfully implemented programs designed to create educational, recreational and career opportunities for everyone—with a focus on emerging community members—to enjoy nature, connect and become stewards of the outdoors. Among her many achievements, Barnes led OEA efforts to partner with Legislative District 15, The Mercer County Park Commission and the Trenton African American Cultural Collaborative to bring the first Juneteenth weekend festival to Trenton, NJ. 

Jen Ventresca joined the Preserve as its director of finance and operations in January 2021. Ventresca’s two decades of business management experience include serving as the manager for a New Mexico based construction company building sustainable, off-grid buildings around the world. She earned a B.A. from the University of California-Davis, where she majored in social-cultural anthropology with an emphasis on globalization and indigenous studies. With her educational background, experiences and personal passions of equity and inclusivity work, she has begun the initial steps to incorporating more accessible, equitable and inclusive initiatives into the Preserves ethos.

 

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

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All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

Additional Information: Online registration for this program closes at 5:00 pm on the date of the program. Zoom invitations will be sent out after this time to the email used to register for the event. The link will come from lauricella@bhwp.org OR education@bhwp.org.

This lecture is part of our Thursday Night Nature series. The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife.