This July, NPCA coordinated a fun LA River Kayaking trip with youth from the Bresee Foundation. Students learned about the River ecosystem along the Sepulveda Basin. The trip was part of #LatinoConservationWeek 2017, a national effort spearheaded by the Hispanic Access Foundation. #tbt#kayaking#getoutdoors
“I think it’s wonderful. I think they try to maintain it. They do the best job they can, obviously. I’ve seen people litter right in front of me here. Two weeks ago, I saw an ice cream truck here and I saw the dad say: “Throw the wrapper into the water” or whatever. And I gave a dad the dirty look and I picked up the plastic and I told my son: “Don’t ever do that. We work hard to keep the beach clean.” What a shame that the dad told the kid: “Put the garbage, throw it there”. And I thought that my vein…and I looked over at the dad like *makes face expression*…Yeah, with my eyes. You know, I’m not trying to start problems but how can you tell your son to throw that on the floor. Like, that don’t make any sense to me... We teach our kids. We take as much garbage as we can. Not just our garbage. Whatever garbage we find. Any plastic, because plastic does not disintegrate. That’s why we never use plastic bags like at 7-11. Because it destroys the Earth. So we come with our bags so we try to grab as much garbage without cutting or hurting ourselves …This is our park… If everybody came up and picked up their garbage when they left, and garbage that is not theirs, this would be spotless, you know? And this is for everybody to enjoy, you know? A place like this, everybody should be able to come here… and be able to see all the beautiful things.” . .
To finish out our Latino Conservation Week segment we would like to share this story of a family that has been vising our park for over 30 years with 5 generations. It has been a pleasure to post stories about the diverse communities who use our park.
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We want to thank all who attended and participated in making this a successful event!
In celebration of Latino Conservation Week 2017, a group of over forty Latinos from Hot Springs volunteered to hike trails on Hot Springs Mountain and walk along Bathhouse Row collecting trash. They also learned about the role they can play in conservation of public lands and National Parks.
We showed up in support of our public lands, clean air, and water yesterday to celebrate #LatinoConservationWeek ! Thanks to @santabarbaratrails , @vida_prana , and @rei for hosting, "Trails and Tacos." Our public lands belong to all Americans and we stand to protect them. Want to learn more about the initiative? Check out our latest blog at LoaTree.com/blog.
“Me encanta venir aquí. Lo que más me acuerdo, una vez que viene para acá cuando, me puse a pescar en las primeras entradas. Saque un flounder así de grande *movimiento de manos alejándose*. Bien grande. Pesaba como 7 libras. Bien exagerao. Vine con mis sobrinas esa vez. Mis sobrinas, las hijas de mi hermana que me trajo a mí. Y ellas se pusieron muy feliz. Cuando yo saque ese pescado. Y me trae muchos recuerdos porque lo llevé a casa para compartir. “¿Donde cogiste ese pescado?” me preguntaron. Ellas lo tienen en el Facebook. Hasta fotos nos dieron. Fue bonito. Lo llevamos a casa a compartirlo. Y mi familia también. Un recuerdo bien bonito de aquí. Entonces quede enamorado de esta playa. Y aquí estoy viniendo”. . .
“I love coming here. What I remember the most, one time I came to fish in one of the first entrances. I fished a flounder this big *motion of hands moving away from each other*. Really big. It weighted like seven pounds. It was huge. I came with my nieces that time. My nieces, the daughters of the sister that brought me here for the first time. And they were really happy when I took out that fish. And it brings me a lot of memories because I took it home to share. “Where did you get that fish?” they were asking me. They put it up on the Facebook. There are even pictures of it. It was great. We took it home to share with my family. A beautiful memory from here. And that is when I fell in love with this beach. And I continue coming.” . .
Gabriel shared his story with us. He comes from Columbia and has been bringing his family to Sandy Hook for over 30 years. Besides fishing he spends time with his family, sharing food and playing soccer with his grandchildren.
All week in honor of Latino Conservation Week we will be posting stories about the diverse communities who use our park. Have a story to share? You can share it in the comments below.
Interested in learning about ways to volunteer in the park? How about ways you can you help protect birds? How does your pollution affect National Parks?
Join us Saturday July 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as we host an educational fair promoting ways on how to protect our resources such as land, water, archives and wildlife!
It's #LatinoConservationWeek ! 🏞
Our newest team member Graciela is part of @santabarbaratrails and is leading a 'Trails and Tacos' hike in Santa Barbara on Saturday to celebrate this week of conservation & appreciation.
All are welcome! Hike with us and nom on tacos 🌮 ... what could be better? Hike starts at 9AM and will wrap up around 1PM.
Message us for details or check out our latest blog post, out now on our site.
Did you know that the unique 'desert rain' smell of the Creosote bush is the result of many volatile oils, but mostly terpene, limonene (citrus), camphor (pines and rosemary), methanol (wood alcohol), and 2-undecanone (spices). Take a moment to stop and smell the desert rain!
It's #latinoconservationweek !Protégete Community Organizer @sikimira reflects on what this week means to her, "Growing up I was lucky enough to savor my time in the outdoors with my family, even if it was just a quick trip out of Denver. A picnic was almost always guaranteed, followed by a leisurely hike or just relaxing by a nearby river. As I grew older I began to make connections between social and environmental issues, quickly realizing the two are heavily intertwined. Latino Conservation Week provides an opportunity to reflect on how to protect the environment, and in turn, our communities." Share with us your #lcw2017 story!
Join us in the fourth annual Latino Conservation Week 2017 celebration on Saturday July 22, 2017!
We invite everyone to learn about protecting public lands, natural and cultural resources, volunteer opportunities, and ways to build future stewards. Fun for All!
Hot Springs National Park will participate in the fourth annual Latino Conservation Week 2017 celebration on Saturday July 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hot Springs National Park invites everyone to learn about protecting public lands, natural and cultural resources, volunteer opportunities, and ways to build future stewards.