Protégete: Nuestro futuro vale la lucha and Conservation Colorado invite you to an outdoor festival celebrating the past, present, and future of our public lands!
Join us for a day of speakers, exciting activities, and chances to connect with organizations that are making a difference in the conservation and public lands protection movement. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to take action to support the CORE Act, a bill sponsored by Congressman Joe Neguse and Senator Michael Bennet that aims to protect approximately 400,000 acres of iconic Colorado public lands for future generations; participants will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win some prizes, including two soak vouchers to Iron Mountain Hot Springs.
Featured guest speakers offer unique perspectives about what it means to be involved in outdoor recreation and the conservation movement:
- Amanda Jameson: Amanda is an avid hiker and blogger, focusing her content on diversity in long-distance hiking. Through her published works and posts on her blog, “Brown Girl on the NST,” Amanda discuss both the logistical preparations for long-distance backpacking trips and weaved her own lived experiences, commentary on race, history, culture, and heritage, and how that impact different communities of color and the outdoors. At the event, Amanda will lead a leave no trace workshop and gear demo.
- Connor Ryan of Natives Outdoors.
- Cristal Cisneros: Cristal, originally from Gary, Indiana, is a first-generation Mexican who loves the outdoors. Cisneros moved to Colorado eight years ago after obtaining a B.S. in Biology. Currently, Cisneros is working towards earning a Doctorate in education, with an emphasis on environmental racism and how it impacts students of color. In her free time, Cisneros loves taking up space in the mountains a Xicana Afuera with her dog, Espanto (aka Ghostly or Papas). Though she has not yet climbed a 14er, she plans to check that off her list with Latino Outdoors this summer. She feels she’s just starting a new chapter en el movimiento.
Organizations including the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Mile High Youth Corps, and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) will be on site to discuss how different organizations are working to protect our public landscapes.
If you have any questions or wish to participate, contact Sara Penilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.