Laura Nayeli Torres works for NPCA and Latino Outdoors. Leads outings from urban LA into Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains. Directed Rim of the Valley bike ride to get 70 people on bikes on a ride in Pasadena. ‘This is my calling in life. For a long time, I was unaware that the outdoors had career opportunities. I saw spending time outdoors as my therapy for urban life, my hobby and overall my opportunity for adventure. My connection to the environment and connecting others to the environment has evolved over time and in many cases I was not fully aware of how one step would lead to the next. I do this work not only because it brings so much fulfillment to my life but because I deeply believe we all need nature and that everyone can reconnect with the land as our ancestors did. Moreover, protecting nature is part of increasing the quality of life for everyone. I want my future children and grandchildren to have the opportunity to explore and experience the magic of being in the wild.”
Laura was selected to participate in SHIFT’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2016.
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