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Naturally Latinos 3 - Alonso Abugattas


Regional Environmental Champion


 

Naturally Latinos Regional Environmental Champion Alonso Abugattas

Alonso Abugattas

The Capital Naturalist

Alonso Abugattas has worked as a professional naturalist and environmental interpreter in several jurisdictions, including Alexandria, Fairfax, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and finally in Arlington, where he served as the acting director for Long Branch Nature Center, later becoming the Natural Resources Manager for Arlington County.

He’s an instructor for five master naturalist chapters, teaching classes in Maryland and Virginia, and made a master naturalist for his role in starting two chapters. Hes a former officer holding various positions in the Virginia Native Plant Society, including president of the Potowmack Chapter. A member of the identification team for the Virginia Herpetological Society, he wrote a natural history and identification book, The Reptiles and Amphibians of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families awarded Alonso a “Connect With Kids’ Champion”.

Longtime Co-Chair of the Beltway Chapter of the National Association for Interpretation (the professional organization for naturalists and others who interpret resources), Alonso is a Certified Heritage Interpreter, receiving regional and national awards, including the Regional Interpretive Manager of the Year and the national Master Interpretive Manager. 

As The Capital Naturalist on social media, Alonso shares his insights, on the natural world. Some of the wonders of the natural world found right around the Washington, DC Metropolitan area are explored using his own photography and life-long experiences. He was awarded the Thomas Say Interpretive Media Award for his social media outlets: Capital Naturalist Blog, Capital Naturalist YouTube Channel, Capital Naturalist Facebook Group, and @CapNaturalist on Twitter.  

Alonso is also the Co-Chair for the Beltway Chapter of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), the professional organization for naturalists, historians, and others who interpret resources. Through NAI, Alonso is a Certified Heritage Interpreter and has received regional and national awards, including the Regional Interpretive Manager of the Year and the national Master Interpretive Manager both in 2018. He is also the Co-Chair for the Beltway Chapter of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), the professional organization for naturalists, historians, and others who interpret resources.