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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.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Partners in the Outdoors Conference
Just three weeks ago (April 24-26), Metro DNA held another Nature Narratives workshop. With Breckenridge Ski Resort as a backdrop, Alliance Director, Dana Coelho, and CU MENV graduate student, Alex Handloff, presented storytelling techniques to a diverse group of organizations eager to tell their own story. After introducing the Regional Vision for People + Nature, Alex and Dana facilitated a storyboard exercise, helping participants identify the right audience for their story, a budget, and a narrative arc.

If your organization is interested in learning about effective story-telling techniques, email to set up a Nature Narratives Workshop! Read more...

Strengthening Our Networks
Metro DNA is working to provide YOU with the most effective methods to strengthen our alliance, build your capacity, and elevate your efforts. Please fill out the survey below to help us continue this process!
Your Coalitions


Safe Summer Kick Off on Get Outdoors Day
June 8th, 10am - 3pm @ Garfield Lake Park

This FREE, family-friendly event brought to you by Metro DNA, SouthWest Denver Coalition, Denver Parks & Recreation, and Get Outdoors Colorado leadership partners, is designed to promote access to healthy and safe outdoor spaces, support under-resourced communities, and celebrate nature exploration.

Learn how to become an exhibitorsponsor, or volunteer!

The Greenway Foundation's 
Citizens for the River
June 22nd, 12pm - 9pm

@ Shoemaker Plaza &
Confluence Park

Enjoy a FREE river festival in Denver featuring: riverside recreational activities, a kids zone, live music, beer, food vendors and MORE!
Metro DNA Partner Appreciation Social
Details TBD

This will be a fun opportunity to socialize and network with your fellow alliance members. Look for updates in the near future!
Nature Narratives Podcast #2: Nature-Based Education 

Give it a listen here!

A big thanks to the organizations that participated:

Lincoln Hills Cares
— Shane Wright, Fundraising Manager

US Environmental Protection Agency  
— Stacey Eriksen, Urban Watershed Revitalization Coordinator

Taddiken Tree
— Josh Morin, Owner

Jefferson County Open Space
— Matt Robbins, Community Connections Team Manager

The Greenway Foundation
— Rachel Gillette, Education and Grants Director; Bekky Harkins, Director; Julianne Gagnon, Youth Programs Coordinator

Future episodes will focus on individuals, organizations, projects, and people + nature themes, highlighting a diversity of voices, perspectives, places, and ideas.
Want to be highlighted in The Connection? 
Tell us about an event or project you are working on.
Share your work here!


A warm welcome to one of Metro DNA’s newest members, the SouthWest Denver Coalition! Serving thirteen primary neighborhoods in the Denver Metro region, SWDC aims to connect and mobilize these communities by providing access to direct services and resources. The coalition was founded in 2008 with the mission of facilitating collaboration among community members, local community-based organizations, non-profits, and the city of Denver.

On June 8th, the SouthWest Denver Coalition will join forces with Metro DNA and other partners to host Safe Summer Kick Off on Get Outdoors Day! Event information is summarized above and available at

For more information about the Southwest Denver Coalition, visit


Which is why we want to highlight YOU in our Nature Narratives PodcastCU Boulder Masters of the Environment students are helping Metro DNA 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 ask? 

Sign Up For Interviews!

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 convenient for you. Please sign up below and one of our graduate assistants will be in touch shortly!

Sign up here!
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