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Presidential Dinner with Famed Conservationist Kris Tompkins and Kim Elliman

The Explorers Club is proud to welcome Kristine Tompkins, President of Tompkins Conservation, for a rare and important presentation on her conservation work in South America.

After leaving her position as long-time CEO of Patagonia Inc., Kris became one of the world’s foremost conservationists and nature-oriented philanthropists. Alongside her late husband, Douglas, and with partners, Kris has helped create six new national parks in Chile and Argentina, protecting more than 3 million acres. As the cofounder and president of Tompkins Conservation, Kris and her team are working to create national parks in South America that save and restore wildlands and wildlife, inspire care for the natural world, and generate healthy economic opportunities for local communities. A recipient of the 2016 Lowell Thomas Award, Kris is currently negotiating the largest donation of private land in Chilean history (that would result in five new national parks), while simultaneously overseeing the most ambitious rewilding program in South America, which aims to reintroduce jaguars to the Iberá wetlands of Argentina.

The Explorers Club’s inimitable setting is the perfect venue to meet Kristine Tompkins and hear her thoughts on conservation, activism, and the fate of planet Earth. After opening remarks and footage of flagship projects in Chile and Argentina, Christopher (Kim) Elliman and Kris will discuss large-scale conservation projects, the role of public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurial philanthropy, before opening the discussion to audience questions. As president and CEO of the Open Space Institute Kim Elliman is uniquely positioned to inquire into the future of conservation initiatives led by private entities and Tompkins Conservation’s current park creation projects.

Stunning images of the remote wildlands and rare animals that Kris and her team work to protect, will provide the backdrop for this evening of stimulating, interactive discussion about national parks, activism, and Tompkins Conservation’s hopeful, tangible work to help rewild Earth.

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Date: Tuesday, April 25

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner, 8:00 pm Presentation, Interview, and Q&A

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $70

Guest Ticket Price: $80

Reservation Notes:

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