Latino conservation week has arrived, and with it are several outdoor events coordinated to highlight experiences that connect us to the outdoors and teach us to be better stewards of our land.
Check out the events below that are taking place across the Southwest and share with your friends and family to continue our outdoor traditions. Stay tuned, we’ll be adding events as the week progresses!
JULY 16, 10 AM - 11 AM, Colorado River State Historic Park
Conservation Along the Colorado River: Yuma East Wetlands Manager, Vianey Avila will be presenting on how conservation is happening here in Yuma and how our local community can help contribute. This presentation will be given in Spanish.
JULY 17, 6 PM - 7:30 PM, Puente Human Rights Movement
El Vuelo de las Mariposas - The Flight of the Butterflies - Film Screening: "The Flight of the Butterflies" describes the incredible journey of thousands of Monarch Butterflies that travel annually from Mexico to Canada. This special screening will be part of "Latino Conservation Week." The documentary is 45-minutes long; there will be a brief introduction and opportunity for discussion afterwards. The documentary will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
JULY 18, 6 PM - 7:30 PM, REI Flagstaff:
Latino Conservation Week Film Screening - Arizona Trail: Join REI Flagstaff and the Arizona Trail Association for a special film screening to celebrate Latino Conservation Week 2019! Latino Conservation Week: Disfrutando y Conservando Nuestra Tierra is an initiative of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF).
July 18, 10 AM - 12 PM, Bluff Lake Nature Center
Poetry in the Park: A Family Affair: Join us at the Bluff Lake Nature Center for an evening of food, poetry, kid's activities, and walks around the park! We'll eat, mingle, and learn about different outdoor resources in the metro Denver area. Then, while the kids partake in different nature-themed arts & crafts activities, we'll partake in a poetry & nature workshop with local poet, Franklin Cruz. After the workshop, we'll offer the opportunity to walk around the Nature Center as the sun starts to set.
July 19, 10 AM - 12 PM, J. Churchill Owen Boys & Girls Club
Forest Service for a Day: Youth at the J. Churchill Owen Boys & Girls Club will get to hear from different people in the Forest Service to get a taste for what it's like. Smokey the Bear is also set to make an appearance, so get ready for facts and fun!
July 20, 10 AM - 2 PM, Davidson Park
Latino Conservation Week Community Barbecue, Come join us as we celebrate Latino Conservation Week with free food, drinks, music, and activities at Davidson Park in Rifle, CO. Bring the whole family as you enjoy a day in the park and have opportunities to learn about conservation efforts to protect Colorado's rich nature.
July 20, 10 AM - 3 PM, Spring Mountain Visitor's Gateway
Hike & Picnic at Mt. Charleston: In the morning, we will drive up via carpool from the Sierra Club office at 3828 Meadows Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89107. We will depart the office at 9:00 am and meet at the Pinyon Picnic Site at approximately 10:00 am. Participants will have an opportunity to take an easy family friendly hike and explore the Spring Mountains, one or two miles along the Acastus Trail. Then around noon, we will provide a free picnic lunch and information about the Sierra Club's current activities and committees. Bring the whole family. Children and pets welcome. Bring snacks, good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen.
July 20, 8 AM - 1 PM, Hemenway Fishing Pier
Vamos a Pescar at Hemenway Pier: Nevada Department of Fish and Wildlife will provide fishing instruction to Chispa Nevada's group, many of whom will fish for the first time! Vamos a pescar!
July 18, 7 PM - 8:30 PM, SWEC
"Ay Mariposa" Film Screening: In honor of Latino Conservation Week, we are hosting the New Mexico premiere of Ay Mariposa. The film’s subjects include: Marianna Trevino Wright, Director of the National Butterfly Center, Zulema Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant and life-long migrant farmworker, and the butterfly, a creature fighting for survival in a landscape where more than 95 percent of its habitat is long gone and much of what remains lies directly in the path of the wall.
July 20, 8 AM - 3 PM, Grapevine Campground
Grapevine Hike and Comida: Come join us for food, a float, and a hike! The Grapevine is adjacent to the first designated Wilderness area in the country. Participants can enjoy exploring the Grapevine and the Gila River, or can go on a hike. The hike will follow the main stem of the Gila River. There are multiple river crossings and plenty to see. The trail is also one of the most used alternate routes for the Continental Divide Trail. We will be providing activities for adults and children: e.i. Water Monitoring and Duck making. All of these activities and a float down the river. Participants are asked to bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and shoes you don't mind getting wet. We ask that all participants meet at The Silver City Visitors Center at 8am. Please RSVP: email@example.com or at 575-993-8091
July 21, 9 AM - 1 PM, Leasburg Dam State Park
Raft the Rio Bravo: Get ready to raft (or float, sometimes walk) the Rio Bravo for Latino Conservation Week!
Friends of Organ Mountains, the Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project, Latino Outdoors and Hispanic Access Foundation have teamed up to sponsor another awesome trip down the Rio Bravo to honor the contributions of the Hispanic/Latinx community to conservation efforts across the country, and to get out and enjoy nature.