Farjana Islam is passionate about the healing power of nature for physical, mental, emotional and community well-being. As the youngest daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants growing up in Brooklyn (ancestral lands of the Lenape and Canarsie people), she knew the more than human world from gazing at the large tree in her apartment window and noticing the gardens on her walks to the public library. She holds a B.A. from Hunter College in Psychology & Certificate in Public Policy (Concentration in Health Policy) with minors in Human Rights and Asian American Studies. Farjana became interested in the intersection of health and nature through her first internship as a "Your Park! Your Health!/ Tu Parque! Tu Salud!" intern at the National Park Service in NYC. She rediscovered her love for nature as a Resource Assistant in the Conservation Education department of the USDA Forest Service. Here, she coordinated a pilot program called the Health and Nature Navigators to connect patients to nature for their health benefits through the park prescription movement, and was selected as a Emerging Leader for the 2018 SHIFT Conference focusing on Public Lands & Public Health for this work. She has recently become a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs to encourage others to connect to themselves, each other, and the more than human world. In addition to being an aspiring public health researcher, public policy advocate, and storyteller rooted in environmental and social justice, Farjana is exploring art, her Bangladeshi identity and her experience of being an Asian American woman in the outdoors.
Ting-Wei (Juna) Chang, was born in Taiwan in the late 90s. She is passionate about learning languages, experiencing different cultures, and having fun in nature. With the capacity to speak Mandarin, English, Spanish and a little bit Bahasa, Indonesia, Juna likes to build communication bridges among groups with distinct backgrounds and to explore this dynamic world more profoundly. Ting-Wei (Juna) has travelled to numerous countries in Asia and Europe and lived in the U.S. as well as Panama.
Being a member of the Slash Generation, Ting-Wei is working as a certified Forest Therapy Guide / a former Project Manager in a big data start-up / a girl scout leader / a freelance Mandarin-English translator / an event emcee.