Lab and Lunch: Native American Conservation Leadership

Marine Wilderness Planning and Changing Ocean Policy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15, Bay Observatory Gallery

Free; RSVP required for lunch*

Just over a year ago, the State of California established a Marine Protected Area (MPA) along the north coast, signifying the success of an unprecedented partnership between government and Native tribes. A statewide network of MPAs will preserve wild ocean and riverine habitats, and help sustain both commercial and traditional subsistence fisheries for centuries to come. Join Hawk Rosales, director of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, as he discusses the cultural, political, and social challenges of this collaboration, and how it led to a conservation plan grounded in both scientific research and in the values, rights, and concerns of indigenous peoples.

After his talk, Rosales will screen the 10-minute film Stewards of the Wild Sea, which he produced with The Baum Foundation of San Francisco.

Hawk Rosales is executive director of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a consortium of ten federally recognized Northern California tribes working to reestablish tribal stewardship through cultural land conservation, habitat rehabilitation, traditional resource management, education, and advocacy.

About Lab and Lunch
The Exploratorium’s Lab and Lunch is a free lunchtime series for adults that explores new work and collaborations between visiting scientists, educators, or artists and Exploratorium staff. Spend your lunch break in the Exploratorium’s beautiful Bay Observatory Gallery, get a free* catered lunch, learn about new research and work-in progress, see demos, and meet visiting scientists. The series is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

*There is no cost to attend the Lab and Lunch program, but you must RSVP in order to get a lunch. A limited number of lunches are available. To RSVP, call 415-528-4646. If you also wish to visit the Exploratorium, you must purchase a general admission ticket.

Photo: Sinkyone Wilderness Territory, by Hawk Rosales