For more information, contact:


Caroline Brewer
TNB Conference Chair
Phone: (301) 652-9188 Ext. 23
Mobile: (202) 830-5115


Woodend Sanctuary
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 652-9188

2018 Taking Nature Black Conference

On February 28, 2018, the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) and its sponsors and partners hosted the second Taking Nature Black Conference at ANS’s headquarters, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD. The conference featured thought-provoking speaker presentations and panels with regional and national environmental leaders. STAY TUNED for videos and photos from presentations by our outstanding guest speakers!

THANK YOU to our generous sponsors; our partners who helped organize and plan the day; our staff, supporters, and volunteers; and our presenters and attendees!

For more information, contact Conference Chair Caroline Brewer at


Taking Nature Black (part of the Moving Forward Initiative blog series)

By Allison Puglisi for The CorpsNetwork
Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies, Harvard University

On February 28, 2018—the last day of Black History Month—Mustafa Santiago Ali took the floor at the Taking Nature Black conference in Maryland. He had an unusual question for the audience: “By a show of hands, in the last sixty seconds, how many folks have taken a breath of air? Hold your hand up if you’ve taken a breath of air.”

The audience, laughing, raised their hands.

“When we breathe in,” said Ali, “we expect to be receiving something positive to our bodies.” He listed a number of cities with severe air pollution and told the group, “we have far too many communities across our country who are still battling every day for a breath of fresh air.”


Dr. Sacoby WilsonTaking Nature Black 2018 featured speaker Sacoby Wilson, Ph.D. is featured in The Washington Post for his work to empower people to become "citizen scientists" to protect the environment and combat corporate polluters in their communities. You can find the article at this link.

2018 Environmental Champions

Taking Nature Black 2018 Featured Speakers, Presenters and Panelists

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Teri Brezner

Karen Driscoll

Tonya Johnson

Tracy McCurty

Randy K. Rowel

Fred Tutman

Sarah Anderson

Kevin T. Bryan

Cherod Hicks

Vince Leggett

William J. Roberts

Kristina Smith

Beattra Wilson

Dr. Karen Wilson-Ama’Echefu

Curtis Bennett

Ronda Chapman

Joseph J. James

Chanceé Lundy

Dawone Robinson

Joanne Throwe

Dr. Sacoby Wilson