Atlanta's Constitution Lakes Park, home of a 200-acre scenic wetland and the famed Doll's Head Trail.
Constitution Lakes Atlanta's Constitution Lakes Park, home of a 200-acre scenic wetland and the famed Doll's Head Trail. © Ken Boff/Friends of Constitution Lakes

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Noted Philanthropists and Community Leaders to Co-Chair The Nature Conservancy’s Wild for Georgia Event

Atlanta, GA

The Nature Conservancy in Georgia announced that Carolyn Gibbs and Rick Nelson, Karen Gravel and Ryan Gravel will co-chair its annual spring event, Wild for Georgia, taking place Friday, April 24 at Piedmont Park. The event will honor The Coca-Cola Company’s long-standing support for conservation and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Wild for Georgia is a chance to bring our constituencies together to connect with staff and with each other, to take a deeper dive into the projects they support, and to explore areas of TNC’s work with which they’re not familiar.

Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Georgia

Carolyn Gibbs and Rick Nelson have supported TNC since the early 1990s. Gibbs, head of global investments engagement at Invesco, is particularly passionate about TNC's youth and young adult programs. Nelson, retired, worked in academia and was raised in the Southwest where he was always active in the outdoors. Together, both are ardent supporters of TNC's multi-faceted approach to conservation.  

Karen and Ryan Gravel are passionate preservationists and community leaders. Karen is LEED accredited architect with expertise in the rehabilitation, restoration and preservation of old buildings. In addition to her role as a principal of the architectural and design firm Lord, Aek and Sargent, Karen has been active in several industry and community organizations, including the preservation committee for the Fox Theater in Atlanta and was a founding member of Friends of the Beltline.

Ryan Gravel is a renowned urban designer and builder whose master’s thesis is the foundation of the Atlanta Beltline. Ryan is consultant on The Nature Conservancy’s South River Forest project which seeks to balance critically important urban conservation and greenspace development with the economic and infrastructure demands presented by Atlanta’s growing population.

For more than 25 years, The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation have collaborated with TNC on water conservation around the world. In Georgia, The Coca-Cola Foundation’s funding has helped restore the natural flows of rivers, streams and wetlands through conservation projects in the Etowah and Flint River basins. The Foundation’s leadership is also now being felt in Atlanta, due to its support of the South River Forest project.

“Everything The Nature Conservancy accomplishes is thanks to the donors who fund our work and on-the-ground conservation partners,” said Deron Davis, executive director, The Nature Conservancy in Georgia. “Wild for Georgia is a chance to bring our constituencies together to connect with staff and with each other, to take a deeper dive into the projects they support, and to explore areas of TNC’s work with which they’re not familiar.”

Corporate sponsorship packages and individual tickets to Wild for Georgia are available for purchase at nature.org/wildforgeorgia.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.