Walnut Creek Wetland Center
Programs + Events

Artist Panel: BIPOC Outdoor Participation

Artist Talks on Public Art and the Environment

Event Details

In partnership with Small School, an art-based, alternative education platform featuring prominent national and international visiting artists, we invite you to join us at the Chapel for a series of stimulating and thought-provoking conversations on public art and the environment at Dix Park. 

Panel Featuring:

  • Dudley Edmondson, Photographer, Filmmaker & Author of 'Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places'
  • Joy Long, Writer & Somatic Ecotherapist
  • Nick Neptune, Dix Park Conservancy Director of Outreach and Community Engagement

Talk Title: Community Discussion on BIPOC - Black, Indigenous & People Of Color - Outdoor Participation

Images of Mr. Edmondson's prolific outdoor photography practice will be shown as the panelists discuss the importance (and challenges) of discovering the power of nature to heal both the mind and body for BIPOC populations. 
Following 20-30 minutes of discussion between the panelists, the conversation will be opened up to audience members, who are encouraged to fully participate in sharing their perspectives, experiences, and questions.

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Location: Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St, Raleigh, NC 27610


Free to attend. Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Registration opens 2 weeks in advance at 12:00 pm. 

This program is free to the public thanks to Dix Park Conservancy donors.


Featured Artist Bio

Over the last 32 years, Dudley Edmondson has become an established Photographer, Author, Filmmaker and Presenter. His photography has been featured in galleries and publications around the world. His photographic work and adventure travels have taken him to so many amazing places from the Arctic Circle of Alaska to the Bahamas.

As a young man, Dudley Edmondson discovered the power of nature and its ability to heal both the mind and body. This led Mr. Edmondson on a lifelong path to follow his passion and instill his love and knowledge of the outdoors in others and inspire a personal understanding and respect for everything nature offers. Mr. Edmondson has collaborated with numerous communities across the county to help urban youth and youth of color to experience nature and the beauty of the outdoors.

Mr. Edmondson was one of the first to highlight the involvement of African Americans in the public lands system. Unsatisfied with the representation of people of color among those in his outdoor pursuits, he created a set of Outdoor Role Models for the African American community by writing his landmark book, 'Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places' (Adventure Keen Publications, 2006). In 2021, Mr. Edmondson created a photography and film exhibit called “Northern Waters,” for the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Dudley was recently featured in the PBS program, America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston, discussing his passion for birding and nature, as well as the importance of diverse communities enjoying the outdoors. He is currently working on his next book and a number of film projects.



    Programs and events: Raleigh Parks Inclusion Services works with community members to support participation. To request a program modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please complete and submit the Accommodation Request Form or contact Inclusion Services staff at 919-996-2147 or


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