Picture the outdoors. What do you see? For most, urban farms and city streets aren’t what comes to mind, but for Anahí Naranjo, Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, and Sofia Sainz, Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow, rethinking what outdoor spaces are is deeply rooted in their work with Latino Outdoors. Join the conversation around intentionally rethinking what it means to be outdoors in urban centers.


  • Intersectionality of Latino Outdoors’ work with other needs of urban communities
  • Cities as nature centers
  • Creating partnerships in work
  • Decolonizing the work to include other ways of knowing

Sofia Sainz was raised in Queens, New York and is of Bolivian and Colombian descent. Her interest in the ocean and nature led her to a pursue a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a minor in Sociology at Binghamton University. Currently, she resides in NYC and works full time at the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Bronx, NY as a Senior Associate for Institutional Advancement. She recently completed a Master’s degree focused on Environmental Stewardship through the Advanced Inquiry Program at Miami University, Ohio. Her Master’s focused on engaging Latino millennials in NYC on marine conservation issues, specifically the reduction of plastic waste.

Anahi Naranjo was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador where she spent much of her time in grandparents’ maize farm in Guaranda in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. There, she developed a deep cultural connection to the natural world around her that she called home. In 2002, she migrated to New York City, where her mountains transformed into skyscrapers. Today, Anahi is the Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator at the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx, New York, where is working to bring more outdoor opportunities, food justice, and community resources for youth for a healthier and greener Bronx.