Various storytellers from Latino Outdoors will tell stories about their experiences in Yosemite and other National Parks.
Join us for an event where amazing stories about Yosemite come to life! Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, Melissa Avery, and Rena Penyan from the organization, Latino Outdoors, will tell stories about their experiences in Yosemite and other National Parks. Learn about Latino Outdoors and its members outreach to Latinos/as about National Parks like Yosemite. Jose Gonzalez, founder of Latino Outdoors, will moderate the discussion.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PDT)
California Historical Society
678 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
There will be a pre-reception from 5:30-6:15 and a post reception from 7:30-8:00pm. Admission is free for CHS members, $5 for nonmembers.
The Speakers' Bios:
- Graciela Tiscareno-Sato has been enjoying Yosemite National Park for three decades, since first visiting with friends while studying at Berkeley. Today, she enjoys the park as the mother of three Yosemite Junior Rangers, one of them blind. This unique perspective has enabled her entire family to learn to enjoy the park by touch and sound, to appreciate the specialness of Yosemite using all their senses.
- Melissa Avery is currently Latino Outdoor's Regional Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area where she works to partner with organizations and facilitate outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking and backpacking with families and youth students in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also is on the Board of Directors for the American Hiking Society.
- Rena Penyan was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. Rena followed her childhood interest in the outdoors to Southern California, where she taught Outdoor Education in San Bernardino National Forest for almost a decade. With a Love for the Outdoors and a Passion for Social Justice, Rena currently works with Big City Mountaineers in the Bay Area, as the Program Manager for the Outdoor Educators Institute. Rena is an avid outdoors woman and volunteer, and can often times be found instructing and sitting on the board for Bay Area Wilderness Training. During the spring and summer seasons, Rena can be found hiking, backpacking, and kayaking. During the winter watch for her on the slopes, as she is still a beginner snow boarder.
- José G. González is an experienced educator with a background and interest in the arts, education, conservation, science, and the environment. He has broad experience as a k-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He is the founder of Latino Outdoors, working to develop a leadership infrastructure and increase Latino community engagement with the Outdoors. In addition, he continues to advocate for Latino engagement in STEM fields and education. 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.