HECHO Statement on Every Kid in a Park Initiative
Washington, DC – Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO) released this statement on the new Every Kid in a Park initiative:
Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO), a national non-profit working to preserve our heritage and protect our nation's public lands, applauds the Obama Administration's new Every Kid in a Park program. Latinos have a rich past woven into the fabric of our lands with centuries-old traditions of getting “out there” and hunting, fishing, camping, even gathering materials for healing and art. Every Kid in a Park reflects HECHO's own efforts to re-connect our kids to nature and our Hispanic heritage, as well as to show them the diversity of our federal lands and waters – public spaces that belong to them.
With more and more people living in urban areas, time spent in nature is becoming a rarity. This has negative ramifications for all children, but for Latinos, the impact goes deeper. It's causing our children to lose sight of our rich, cultural heritage. Many of our country's federal lands and waters encompass the lands of our ancestors and HECHO is grateful that the Every Kid in a Park program will give Hispanic families increased access to enjoy their history and cultural traditions.