The Del Mar City Council named Earth Day 2016 in honor of Nature and Culture International (NCI) founder and co-developer of the Del Mar Plaza Ivan Gayler for his 20 years of conservation work. NCI is a Del Mar-based nonprofit organization that is working to make a global impact on the environment. This past Earth Day, NCI spoke to the community at the Del Mar Foundation’s annual event about the power everyone has to preserve the natural environment.

Ivan continues to bring passion, curiosity, and inspiration to NCI’s work. He recognized from the very beginning that conservation first needed to happen at the local level. Now NCI boasts a team of over 150 local conservationists who are working in concert with communities and governments to save endangered ecosystems throughout Latin America.

NCI provides vital opportunities for Del Mar community members to get involved in globally significant environmental issues. Learn more at