The Nature Conservancy recognizes the contributions Latinos have made and continue to make in the conservation field. And we are working to empower the next generation of leaders from all backgrounds through the Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program. The LEAF Program has been teaching urban youth to be stewards of the planet for almost 20 years. During the course of their internship, students train for green jobs and enhance their classroom education by participating in conservation activities like trailblazing, shellfish restoration, wildlife monitoring and the removal of invasive species.
For Hispanic Heritage Month, we introduce you to two Latino leaders, Gladys Ruiz and Joshua Carrera, who have taken up the mantle of conservation. Gladys is working at The Audubon Society and Joshua is in graduate school at Colorado State University. Not only are they trail-blazers in their respective communities, they’re committed to ensuring others can follow in their footsteps by leading by example.
Test your knowledge of Latinos in conservation with this Hispanic Heritage Month Quiz.
Learn how this New York native is engaging youth in conservation work in Portland, Oregon.
Read about Joshua's work in Latin America and see what he has to say about opportunities for Latinos in conservation.