Pub Talk: Finding Youth Leadership and Advocacy in Wild Spaces

January 29, 2020 - 07:00pm

Chad Brown, founder and president of Soul River Inc

Learn about wildlife field conservation over dinner and drinks at the zoo!

“Some people think the Portland based nonprofit organization Soul River Inc.—Runs Wild is only about fly fishing. That is not the case at all...we connect fly fishing to science, art, advocacy, leadership, and we take a strong position in environmental justice as well as social justice. It’s amazing to know a sport that can be weaved into our everyday lifestyle! 

A veteran is someone who has taken up arms to protect, to serve and has signed a blank check made out to the United States of America. The veterans of Soul River now also serve by depositing their checks into the lives of youth by giving them  opportunities in conservation and prepare them as tomorrow’s leaders. We are not your typical youth organization! At Soul River Inc. we foster young people to grow into being the leaders of tomorrow! 

Soul River is where a  veteran leads as a life coach with a warrior spirit and engages and grows inner-city youth into environmental leaders of the future.” - Chad Brown, founder and president of Soul River.
The Oregon Zoo invites you to an evening with Mr. Brown to learn more about his programs connecting youth and veterans to our public lands, wild rivers and fresh waters and beyond, to inspire a new generation of outdoor leader ambassadors that will advocate for nature and conservation. 

Purchase tickets here!

Soul River Inc

Oregon Zoo Pub Talks are fun, educational events that help support the zoo’s mission of creating a better future for wildlife through animal welfare, education and conservation programs. Pub Talks connect you with experts who are actively working on species recovery efforts. Each month, these conservation, animal care or wildlife science professionals share their knowledge and experience saving animals across the planet, from the forests of Borneo to the skies and seas of the Pacific Northwest.

Pub Talks are held in the Cascade Crest building, with food and beverages available for purchase at the Cascade Grill. We encourage you to take public transport to the zoo, which is located five minutes from downtown Portland, and is accessible by MAX Light Rail line. Visit Explore Washington Park for transportation and parking information.

Join us for a drink and a behind the scenes look at the Oregon Zoo’s conservation efforts!

When to arrive: 

Pub Talks begin at 7 p.m., but we advise arriving early—settle in, get a drink and something to eat, and enjoy the evening! 

  • 5:30 p.m.: Doors open
  • 5:30 to 7:30 pm.: The Cascade Grill is open
  • 6 to 7 p.m.: Edutainment and trivia
  • 7 to 8 pm.: Pub Talk presentation

Get your tickets online here.

Thanks to the generosity of Oregon Zoo members and donors, Pub Talks are sponsored by the Oregon Zoo Foundation.