The fifth annual Latino Conservation Week (#LatinoConservationWeek, #LCW2018) is underway and continues through July 22, 2018. The week is an opportunity for Latinos to demonstrate their passion for enjoying and protecting public lands. During the week, the Latino community will go on outings, volunteer cleanups, educational events, roundtable discussions, and other community events – more than 150 events have been scheduled nationwide, to encourage their engagement in the outdoors and stewardship.
"Latino Conservation Week fosters the Latino community's passion for the outdoors and helps introduce them to new sites and opportunities to enjoy and protect our environment," said Maite Arce, President and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation. "Through collaboration, we can encourage more Latinos to access and enjoy these locations, which is critical to building future stewards and advocates for these treasured spaces. Partnerships with agencies and organizations like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service help make this week a success.”
Latino Conservation Week includes programs and events that highlight the work of students in an internship program — a partnership between the Service and the Hispanic Access Foundation. The program connects local communities and diverse college students to nearby natural resources and conservation. Various events and activities supported and organized by interns foster stewardship, encourage learning and fun for the entire community.
“Wild places and wildlife are as important to us as connecting all people with nature,” said Cynthia Martinez, chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “I am excited that together with Hispanic Access Foundation, we are connecting communities across the country to our wildlife refuges and offering them unique experiences and outdoor recreation opportunities.”
Events taking place during Latino Conservation Week include a fishing day and bilingual tram tourat Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland, a canoe cleanup of the Jordan Riverand a sea turtle walk at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, a nature hike at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia and various other events and activities.
The activities span several states; a full list of events is available at www.LatinoConservationWeek.com and by following #LatinoConservationWeek and #LCW2018 on social media.