An Evening with NatureBridge—Gala 2018


Join us as we celebrate another year of cultivating tomorrow's leaders and a more sustainable future!
Engage in interactive breakout sessions and hear from our keynote speaker and 2018 Student of the Year as they demonstrate the powerful role youth plays in building a sustainable future.
6 - 6:30 p.m.
Drinks & hors d'oeuvres
6:30 - 7 p.m.
 Discover NatureBridge
Choose an interactive breakout session to attend:
In the Field
Roll up your sleeves and become a NatureBridge student
as you conduct a hands-on science investigation with our
educators. Experience the magical moment of scientific
discovery, the point at which each student’s journey of
exploration and wonder begins.
Students to Stewards
What happens to NatureBridge students after they
leave our national park classrooms? Find out from our
distinguished alumni as they share how their NatureBridge
experience inspired them to become leaders and stewards
of the natural world.
Campfire Trail Tales
Gather round the campfire to hear stories from NatureBridge
staff about their experiences teaching in the field and
instilling a love for nature in their students.
7-9 p.m.
Dinner Program
Dinner & guest speakers 
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 17-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, author, and powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. 
Xiuhtezcatl was raised in the Aztec tradition. As Xiuhtezcatl began to learn about the global environmental crisis, he took action. He has worked with community leaders in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado, and has collaborated with over 50 environmental organizations to make positive changes in his community.
His actions have inspired youth to combat some of the greatest issues of our times. As Youth Director of Earth Guardians, Xiuhtezcatl has helped grow the movement to hundreds of youth-led crews in over 30 countries. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, Rolling Stone, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Daily Show, CNN, HBO, and many more.
In 2013, Xiuhtezcatl received the United States Community Service Award from President Obama and was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the President’s Youth Council. He was the 2015 Keynote Speaker at the UN General Assembly High-Level Event on Climate Change.
Marisa Granados is a senior at Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Through the NatureBridge Summer Backpacking and environmental science programs in Olympic National Park, Marisa discovered her passion for protecting the natural world. With the support of the Forest Service, Marisa is developing a handbook and curriculum for middle school students to learn and apply environmental stewardship effectively. Marisa hopes to pursue a career in environmental engineering and outdoor education. Read more about our 2018 Student of the Year on our blog
Learn about our Student of the Year honorable mentions.
For questions and more information, email
2018 Honorary Chair
Raoul Goff
2018 Co-Chairs
Ananda Baron
Raoul Goff
Alice Prager Warren
Ivy Archer Winters 
2018 Honorary Committee
Stephen H. Lockhart & Karen Bals
The Honorable Kamala D. Harris
The Honorable Jared Huffman
Nion McEvoy & Leslie Berriman
Ken McNeely & Inder Singh Dhillon
The Honorable Gavin Newsom and Mrs. Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Neda Nobari
Julie & Will Parish
Paul & Nancy Pelosi
James & Kyle Redford
Randall E. Reynoso & Martin Camsey
Sandra & R. David Schmaier
Tom & Lauren Scott
Mark & Susie Tomkins Buell
Doris Winters
Ivy Archer Winters
Paul Zaentz
Advisory Committee
Robert J. Holmes
Liz Keyser
Charlene Low
Mary Poland
Randall E. Reynoso
2018 Individual Sponsors
Dan & Katrina Abrams
Susan Boren
Raoul Goff
Charlene D. Low & Henry S. Murakami
Mid-Atlantic Regional Board
Nion McEvoy & Leslie Berriman
Neda Nobari
Adam Pisoni
Mary & Bill Poland
Randall E. Reynoso & Martin Camsey
Sandra & R. David Schmaier
Nicole & Andrew Sheehan
Tracy Thompson
Jim & Margy Titus
Ivy Archer Winters
Paul F. Zaentz
2018 Corporate Sponsors
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Alaska Airlines
Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
GJEL Accident Attorneys
Klean Kanteen
  The McConnell Foundation
Sutter Health
Thompson | Dorfman Partners, LLC 
Tom Scott Vineyard
Union Bank
2018 Kind Supporters
Ananda Baron
Linda & Neill Brownstein
New Resource Bank 
Allan J. & Kit Prager