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Partners in the Outdoors Conference

Announcing our 2021 Keynote Speakers: Eduardo Garcia and J. Drew Lanham

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"A Hungry Life - How my relationship with the outdoors became the most dynamic single contributor to my life's journey"

Eduardo will share why and how he fell in love with the outdoors. His journey is filled with adventures in the outdoors, travel around the globe, unexpected tragedies and at its roots a career built by cooking and connecting from the heart.

Growing up in southwest Montana, Eduardo developed a deep love and connection to the outdoors while becoming an accomplished hunter, angler and triathlete all while fostering a career as a classically trained chef. He will be discussing his journey through career milestones to recent accomplishments, as well as sharing his insight into how we can make the outdoors a welcoming place for people from all walks of life while ensuring we advance and balance both recreation and conservation so the Colorado we all know and love is here for future generations.

An avid outdoorsman with an unmatched zest for life, chef Eduardo Garcia is a testament to the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity. A classically trained chef who found his passion for cooking at an early age, Eduardo cut his teeth in the industry at just 15 years old; hustling over hot pans, flipping burgers and throwing pizzas. After working in the fast paced kitchens of Seattle and attending culinary school, Eduardo took his love for cooking to the high seas; working as a private chef on luxury yachts and more importantly, on the hunt for exceptional food experiences that can only be found by traveling the world. It was during this pivotal time that Eduardo started inviting others to join him in the kitchen to collaborate and discover the joy of creating memorable food and experiences therein. The watershed moment gave birth to Eduardo’s personal mantra; a meal is more than just what we eat, but an integral part of what builds culture and brings people together.


Image black and white portrait of of  J. Drew Lanham.

"Coloring the Conservation Conversation"

Lanham will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author and conservation activist blend to bring our awareness of the natural world and our moral responsibility for it forward in new ways. Candid by nature — and because of it — Lanham will examine how conservation must be a rigorous science and evocative art, inviting diversity and race to play active roles in celebrating our natural world.

A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram’s Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home. An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University, he and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.


To register for the 2021 Partners in the Outdoors Conference, visit the Schedule page.

About the Speakers and Presenters​

Keynote speakers and presenters are selected by our conference planning team in conjunction with CPW leadership to bring you the most interesting and relevant information. Our speakers will share thought-provoking stories and information, and professional development and collaboration skills, along with training on topics currently affecting conservation and outdoor recreation. 

Session coordinators and panelists are encouraged to follow our Best Practices For Session Presenters guidelines when preparing for their sessions.

Session Presenters

Check back soon for the list of 2021 session presenters.

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