We’re all asking the same question: How do we create stewardship programs that are intentional, inclusive and culturally relevant? The definition of stewardship and conversations about taking care of our lands are being re-framed and re-envisioned. I invite you to join me in an interactive webcast presentation where I hope to share my journey of challenging the status quo, feeling accepted, and becoming an integral part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s Stewardship and Engagement Program. Through examples, I hope to share creative approaches we’ve used to design and build habitat restoration programs that create a sense of community and belonging. I hope that participants will walk away with ideas and tools to create new ways of engaging communities in stewardship, and inspiration to challenge the stewardship narrative.”
Yakuta was born and raised in India, and her love affair with nature began during her first trek to the Indian Himalayas at the age of fifteen. Since that initiation, she has continued to develop her relationship with the natural world, and has worked with various non-profit organizations in India and the US to educate, inspire, and cultivate love and respect for the environment. She studied Communications and Media with a focus on social issues at Sophia College in Mumbai, India which fueled her passion for women’s rights, and environmental, racial and social justice, and gave her the confidence to pursue a life of intention. Yakuta currently works for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy where she leads the San Francisco Park Stewardship Program and is developing creative programs that focus on inclusion, cultural relevance, mindfulness and healing. She is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Parks Conservancy, and is deeply involved in various initiatives across the park. When she is not working, you will find her on a trail - either examining a wildflower or in awe of a mountain.