Award-winning National Geographic photographer Pete McBride to speak at The Nature Conservancy of Texas 22nd Annual Austin Conservation Luncheon

On March 29, embark on a journey at the 2017 Austin Conservation Luncheon! Join The Nature Conservancy at the J.W. Marriott for a rousing afternoon with award-winning National Geographic photographer Pete McBride

McBride will be speaking about his adventures exploring the Colorado River and the world. McBride has spent more than two decades expressing his love of nature through photography, filmmaking, writing and speaking. A native of Basalt, Colorado, he has trekked across 65 countries and roamed all seven continents, amassing a number of thrilling stories along the way.

McBride will lead attendees on Adventures on the Wild River, a breathtaking account of his voyages along the Colorado River. With its dramatic canyons and whitewater rapids, the 1,450-mile Colorado is a study in stark beauty—but its crisp waters also provide drinking water for more than 30 million people. His commitment to protecting the Colorado River makes him a perfect fit for their annual conservation luncheon. 

The Conservancy strives to conserve water both in Texas and globally. In Texas, they’ve protected over 200 miles of rivers and streams. With more than 500 freshwater project sites around the world, they are changing the way they approach and develop solutions to some of the greatest freshwater challenges.

JW Marriott Austin
110 E 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701

Wednesday, March 29 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Individual tickets are $150 and table sponsors available for $2,500-$25,000 


The Nature Conservancy of Texas ( maintains 38 ecologically important preserves and conservation projects statewide and, with partners, has conserved nearly 1 million acres of land and water in Texas. The organization has also led significant marine habitat restoration efforts along the Gulf of Mexico that benefit terrestrial and aquatic wildlife and help protect Texas communities from hurricanes and tropical storms. In addition to a dozen initiatives benefiting Texas rivers and streams, the Conservancy also works with private landowners and municipalities, such as the cities of San Antonio, Austin and San Marcos, to protect critical freshwater resources like the Edwards and Trinity aquifers. Over the past 45 years, the Conservancy has worked with state and federal agencies to create and expand beloved public areas, including Enchanted Rock State Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

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