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A Virtual Event to Celebrate and

Protect California’s Wildflowers!

Oct. 28 at 4 P.M. PDT

About the Event

Join us for a live Zoom chat with Rob Badger and Nita Winter, authors of “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change.” Joining Rob and Nita as guest speakers are José G. González, founder and director emeritus of Latino Outdoors, Lori Wear, digital content and social media manager for the Great Basin District, and Michael Bridges, director of development for Parks California. You can join the one-hour conversation about the award-winning book, California’s State Parks, and the effect of climate change on California’s wildflowers.

Why Talk Wildflowers?

The increasing impacts of climate change continue to threaten the natural wonders that define California – including the picturesque fields of wildflowers. If there was ever a time to protect these wondrous landmarks, it’s now. We must understand how to take practical steps that will preserve and care for them today, and yet maintain and expand access to this beauty now and for generations to come.

When you join our virtual event, you’re taking a step toward protecting our wildflowers and fighting climate change.

Join a group of experts, essayists and passionate nature lovers and walk away with a renewed appreciation and inspiration. If you choose to support Parks California, you also have the opportunity to come away with one of these extraordinary coffee-table books to share with your family and guests.

Register Today!

Tune in on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. PDT

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About the Speakers


Internationally Acclaimed Conservation Photographers​

Internationally acclaimed conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners and creative collaborators for more than three decades. Their work has been featured in Time, Mother Jones, and Sierra magazines, the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times. They are the recipients of the Sierra Club’s 2020 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography.

José G. González

Founder and Director emeritus of Latino Outdoors

José G. González is the founder and director emeritus of Latino Outdoors. He is an experienced educator as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. As a Partner in the Avarna Group and through his own consulting, his work focuses on equity & inclusion frameworks and practices in the environmental, outdoor, and conservation fields. He is also an illustrator and science communicator.

Lori Wear

digital content and social media manager for California state parks

Lori Wear is the digital content and social media manager for California State Parks’ Great Basin District. Lori spent the first ten years of her career working as an archaeologist throughout California and the Great Basin. Currently, she serves as a committee member for the Public History Institute at CSU, Bakersfield. Lori was presented an Individual Award of Merit from the Conference of California Historical Societies and a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly.

Michael Bridges

Director of Development for Parks California

Michael is the director of development for Parks California. Embracing cross-cultural experiences, Michael’s  development and startup work has taken him across the globe and many parts of the U.S. for a variety of projects, from helping to save and restore open spaces to expanding educational opportunities for students in under-resourced communities.