Gabaccia Moreno and José G. González Deliver 2023 Brandwein Lecture

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The 2023 Brandwein Lecture is a sponsored closing plenary session at the 2023 Children and Nature Network’s Inside Out conference, Ecologize and Joyify! Supporting Thrivability for All!

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Gabaccia Moreno is a first-generation multimedia storyteller, consultant, and passionate outdoor advocate #ExploringResponsibly wherever life takes her. Growing up visiting the Maya forest gave her an appreciation for the land and its wildlife at an early age. Today she serves as the Executive Director of The Outdoorist Oath, an organization creating educational tools and equipping people to ally planet, inclusion, and adventure. Gabaccia has also served as National Monuments Fellow for Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project, participating in campaigns seeking to make the outdoors more equitable while protecting our shared resources. In 2021, Gabaccia was the resident host for the She Explores podcast and a contributor at In her free time, you’ll find her outside, probably fishing, hunting, hiking, practicing yoga, or backpacking.

José G. González (he/him) is the Founder of Latino Outdoors and Co-Founder of the Outdoorist Oath. He is a professional educator with training in the fields of education and conservation while engaging in different artistic endeavors with art and messaging—often exploring the intersection of the environment and culture. As a Partner in the Avarna Group and through his own consulting, his work focuses on Equity & Inclusion frameworks and practices in the environmental, outdoor, and conservation fields. He is also an illustrator and science communicator. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. His teaching coursework was at the Bilingual, Multicultural, Education Department at Sacramento State. He serves as a Trustee for the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Trustee for the National Recreation Foundation, and Outdoor Industry Association Board Director, among other such leadership volunteer roles.