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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.


Alliance for Community Trees Mentor Exchange at the Morton Arboretum
In case you thought we were in this collaborative conservation business alone, you are pleasantly mistaken! Metro DNA is cultivating relationships with several other metropolitan greenspace alliances across the US, including Portland’s Intertwine Alliance, Seattle’s Emerald Alliance, Amigos de los Rios in Los Angeles, and a number of partners in Chicago. 

On a recent trip to Chicago, Alliance Director, Dana Coelho kicked off an Alliance for Community Trees mentor exchange with the Morton Arboretum, which is a long-time Chicago Wilderness partner and host of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative. Metro DNA partner, The Park People, is also an ACT member and part of this national network of environmental stewardship organizations focused on urban forestry and urban ecology. 

Dana will be back later this summer to spend time exchanging lessons learned, gathering ideas that will help us complete and implement the Regional Vision for People + Nature, and connecting with partners working on similar initiatives such as with The Nature Conservancy and Elevated Chicago, which is part of the national network of SPARCC Cities alongside Denver

The Morton Arboretum’s Nature Connects exhibit features sculptures built of thousands of LEGO blocks, highlighting the diverse “building blocks” of nature and their interconnections.


The Greater and Greener Metro DNA Parklet!
Parking spaces aren't just for parking, but also for recreating! Come stop by Metro DNA's mini-park at the Greater and Greener conference! Share your story around the campfire, and tell our live video stream about why YOU love the outdoors. The location of the parklet is to be determined!
Poetry in the Park
6:30 - 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 18
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition Faces of the Continental Divide project is looking forward to the next 40 years of recreation and stewardship along this multi-state trail. Share your story and help paint a more complete picture of outdoor recreation and conservation in the Rocky Mountain West. Metro DNA partner Bluff Lake Nature Center is hosting a bilingual Poetry in the Park - Poesía en el Parque event on July 18 as part of this effort. A night with kids activities, a poetry workshop with local poet Franklin Cruz, food, and guided tours of the Bluff Lake Nature Center.
Arapahoe County Fair
July 25-29

Stir up some fun at the Arapahoe County Fair! Daily admission includes unlimited carnival rides, rodeos & events for just $10 per person during pre-sale! The fair is a summer tradition since 1906, celebrating our heritage and offers family fun for all!

Nature Narratives Podcast #4
JEDI: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Alex and Nikki talk to partners about why JEDI is a pressing issue in the Denver Metro region, and what they are doing to address this challenging topic.
Click here to listen!
A BIG THANKS to the organizations
that participated in this month's podcast:

Environmental Learning for Kids
— Kim Weiss, Associate Director

The Butterfly Pavillion
— Parker McMullin Bushman, Vice President of Programs, Interpretation, and Exhibits

Boulder County Parks and Open Space
— Therese Glowacki, Resource Manager; Ernst Strenge, Natural Resource Planner

Sand Creek Regional Greenway
— Monique Fair, Education Program Manager & Event Coordinator

Groundwork Denver
— Cindy Chang, Executive Director

Do you want your organization to be featured
in future Nature Narrative podcasts? 

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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.

If you'd rather not be recorded - your interviews are still vital to the foundation of the Regional Vision for People and Nature!

South Suburban Parks and Recreation is unique in that it serves multiple communities in multiple counties in the southern Denver Metro Region. Offering indoor recreation facilities, golf courses, 100 miles of trails, and 3,800 acres of open space, SSPR provides innumerable educational and recreational opportunities for kids and adults. Notable among amenities is the South Platte Park in Littleton, supervised by Skot Latona. It’s a greenway oasis that flanks the South Platte River with 880 acres of open space and also hosts the Carson Nature Center.

Programs include youth nature camps, field trips, volunteer opportunities, and more, all of which you can find here. Programs are open to both SSPR District residents and the general public. South Platte Park is a proud partner of the GOCO Inspire Generation Wild Sheridan community.


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