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Why do birds migrate? What challenges do they come across in their journeys? And how are these experiences similar or different for various animals, including people?
These are some of the questions 200 youths in the Latino Greenspaces project explored this summer at Metro parks and natural areas.
The project is a partnership between Latino Network, Hacienda Community Development Corporation and Metro to connect Latino youths to local natural spaces, as well as to introduce them to recreation opportunities and to careers in conservation. The students learn through a bilingual, hands-on program combining science, art, music and cultural storytelling – all developed through a culturally appropriate lens.
Thanks to support from voters for a parks and natural areas levy in 2013, Metro is able to provide more programs, classes, events and opportunities for residents throughout the region – including underserved communities – to enjoy, explore and experience nature.