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THE CONNECTION: APRIL 2019

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

Spring Convening Summary
 
Thank you to Metro DNA partner, the Denver Botanic Gardens, for hosting our Stakeholder Convening on Monday, April 8, and thank you to everyone who participated in a full day of workshops, presen-tations, and collaboration! This semi-annual gathering is an opportunity for partners and friends to get together and network, learn, and co-create collaborative projects. 

We started the day in collaboration with the University of Denver's Grand Challenges Environmental Sustainability Cohort by exploring collaborative projects around the Metro Denver region to ground and expand their understanding of what is being done, what can be done, and how to measure our collective impact and progress toward shared goals.

 
Next, Dr. Jennifer Neale, Director of Research & Conservation at the Gardens, shared current projects including the Colorado Mycoflora Project, seed collection efforts, and BioBlitzes on the Highline Canal.

After lunch, the meeting turned toward updates and dialog around our primary collaborative projects: Regional Vision for People + Nature and Nature Narratives. Table-based dialog was facilitated by CU Boulder graduate students and members of the Metro DNA Steering Committee. Read more... 

YOUR HARD WORK SHOULDN'T GO UNNOTICED

Which is why we want to highlight YOU in our new Nature Narratives Podcast! Our CU Boulder Masters of the Environment students will begin producing a monthly podcast that will champion the work that you and your organizations are doing to make Metro Denver a thriving place for people and nature. How do you get involved, you say?

Sign Up For Interviews!

We want to hear from you! If you do not wish to be recorded and featured in the Nature Narratives podcast, interviews are still valuable for informing the Regional Vision for People + Nature. 

Interviews will take 60 minutes at most, and your participation is greatly appreciated! We will schedule interviews in a location that is most convenient for you. Please enter your availability below and one of our graduate assistants will be in touch shortly!
Sign up here!
The pilot episode of the Nature Narratives podcast is live! Give it a listen here!

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

PARTNER HIGHLIGHT


Environmental Learning for Kids is a non-profit organization in the Denver community that engages with and mentors less fortunate youth in cultivating a passion for science and nature. ELK reaches diverse communities in Denver, Aurora and Commerce City by working directly with local schools, teachers and community groups through a wide variety of outreach activities.


“ELK has given me... the tools to keep moving on during hard times in life. They let me know that I can become a useful source in our community and that I am important. I am a Daniels Fund Scholar and that dream was made possible by ELK.” - Dondre Smallwood, CSU student & nine-year ELK programs participant

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