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Welcome to the Metro DNA Monthly Newsletter, The Connection!
This newsletter aims to encourage collaboration among partners, keep YOU informed about upcoming events and opportunities, and share partner highlights and project updates.


Thank you to all who attended the most recent Metro Vision Idea Exchange co-hosted by DRCOG, CU Denver, and Metro DNA as part of the Imagine a Great Region initiative. A special thanks to our speakers, Samantha Albert (Deputy Director, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office), Jackie Miller (Director of Programs, Great Outdoors Colorado) and Travis Warziniak (Research Economist, U.S. Forest Service, Denver Urban Field Station), for sharing their insight on our natural resources and their ongoing contributions to Colorado's economy. 

If you attended the Colorado Open Space Alliance Conference in Steamboat Springs, or the CO APA Conference in Snowmass Village this week, we hope you were able to connect with our Metro DNA staff, Steering Committee members, and students. Dana Coelho and Alex Handloff delivered a Nature Narratives workshop at COSA on Tuesday morning and Parker McMullen-Bushman was the closing keynote speaker on Wednesday alongside former National Park Service Director, John Jarvis. Madison Kraus, Nikki Chernick, Alexa Cotton, and Alex Handloff shared about their work and our collective progress on the Regional Vision for People + Nature at the CO APA conference on Wednesday morning.

Continue to visit our project pages online to keep up to date on accomplishments and upcoming meetings and activities. 


Metro DNA's Stakeholder Convenings are an opportunity for partners and friends to get together and network, learn, and co-create collaborative projects. At this next gathering - hosted by the University of Denver on October 8 - we are focusing on advancing our Equity Principles & Commitments into action and working on the Regional Conservation Assessment, a collaborative project that will form the ecological backbone of the Regional Vision for People + Nature.

Learn more and RSVP here:

At the 6th Annual National Summit and first in Colorado, the theme is Allyship & a More Inclusive Outdoors. In addition to Full Summit tickets, Outdoors Empowered Network (OEN) is offering a limited number of one day tickets for sessions on Friday, November 1, inviting the Colorado outdoor recreation and education community to share and learn how we can -together- get more young people outdoors in culturally relevant ways, both near and far from home.

Don’t miss Autumn-Saxon Ross’ (Mid-Atlantic Director NatureBridge) keynote session, The Crap Shoot of Life: What Causes Inequities & Where Your Power Lies. Buy your full summit or one-day TICKETS HERE!

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Our next episode will be available in October. If you missed the most recent episode released in August, give a listen to how our partners define and engage communities in nature. 

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Future episodes will focus on individuals, organizations, projects, and people + nature themes, highlighting a diversity of voices, perspectives, places, and ideas.


In partnership with Lincoln Hills Cares and El Laboratorio, Metro DNA has been awarded one of 14 Catalyst Fund grants from the Network for Landscape Conservation.

Targeted at accelerating the pace and effective practice of collaborative landscape conservation across the United States, these awards include four grants to indigenous communities and only one truly urban conservation collaborative... Metro DNA! 

This grant will support the co-creation of a Regional Vision for People + Nature that is grounded in community and culture, and informed by the youth that live, work, and learn along the South Platte River, one of our treasured cross-boundary natural resources. As a grantee, Metro DNA is now also part of the Catalyst Fund network and will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from our collaborative conservation peers across the country. 


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