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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.


Safe Summer Kick Off on Get Outdoors Day
For the first time, Get Outdoors Day Colorado joined forces with Safe Summer Kick Off for the Safe Summer Kick Off on Get Outdoors Day. The Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca, who have been the opening act for the Safe Summer Kick Off for years, once again performed their ceremonial dancing and drumming in the verdant Garfield Lake Park. As mountain bikers weaved through the park on the dedicated trails, adults and kids picked up hot dogs and visited booths, seeking information, giveaways, and even powering lights and a sound system using stationary bikes. Mascots from the federal agencies danced as Smokey the Bear turned an astonishing 75 years old. In the end, there was food aplenty, shade under the plethora of trees, and a charming lake for fishing and kayaking — truly a successful start to the summer.


Broomfield Open Space's
Broomfield 100 Summer Challenge
June 1st - September 21st

The Broomfield 100 gives you the opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of nature across Broomfield's Open Spaces and Trails. Share the wonders of the great outdoors with your children, have fun, win prizes, and be healthy at the same time! Outdoor Passports can be picked up at a variety of locations and turned in for a free t-shirt. 
Rocky Mountain Wild's 
Wolf Awareness Night at Woods Boss Brewing
June 19th at 6pm

Wolves are one of the most misunderstood animals in our country. The myths surrounding their behavior have permeated our culture, from the "Big Bad Wolf" to a "wolf in sheep's clothing," these magnificent animals have gotten a bad rap. Come out for an evening of myth busting and celebration. There will be a round of Wild Wolf Trivia and there will be live music from Keith Hicks. $1 from each pint sold will go to support the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project and Rocky Mountain Wild.
Nature Narratives Podcast #3
The South Platte River

Join us on a journey through the past, present, and future of the South Platte River
Click here to listen!
A BIG THANKS to the organizations
that participated in this month's podcast:

Urban Drainage and Flood Control District
— Holly Piza, Standards Development Manager

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

Denver Parks & Recreation
— Gordon Robertson, Director of Planning, Construction, and Design

Sand Creek Regional Greenway
— Beth Nobles, Executive Director; Monique Fair, Education Program Manager & Event Coordinator

South Suburban Parks & Recreation
— Skot Latona, South Platte Park Manager

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

Do you want your organization to be featured
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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!


This month, we'd like to highlight the Denver Zoo! Not only is the Denver Zoo an appreciated member of Metro DNA, but the zoo has some new members themselves!

Recently, the zoo made room for two males Asian elephants in hopes of saving the species from extinction with less than 35,000 left in the world. The zoo will spend the next several years studying and documenting the Asian elephant herd with hopes of sharing that research with the world.

The work the Denver Zoo is doing with their new elephant friends is just one example of the incredible work they have going on. If you'd like to find out more about the Denver Zoo, visit their website here or head over to City Park to pay them a visit!


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