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New All-ability Park Enhancements Now Open In Landa Park And Morningside Park

New all-ability park enhancements now open in Landa Park and Morningside Park

A pair of ribbon-cutting ceremonies were recently held to celebrate the opening of several all-ability enhancements in Landa Park and Morningside Park, funded by the 2019 bond election. While most children enjoy their time at parks and on playgrounds, many children with disabilities feel that playgrounds are places of exclusion, where they only get to sit on the sidelines and watch their friends having fun. Read more from the City of New Braunfels here.

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The Power Of The Outdoors: Embracing Cultura Y Familia With Latino Outdoors Leaders Josie Gutierrez And Bianca Guevara

The power of the outdoors: Embracing cultura y familia with Latino Outdoors leaders Josie Gutierrez and Bianca Guevara

A conversation with Josie Gutierrez and Bianca Guevara will make you believe anything is possible—especially when the following are in play: 1) a passion for the outdoors, 2) a love of community, and 3) the hard work of dedicated volunteers. Both Gutierrez and Guevara are leaders in Latino Outdoors (LO) Texas, an organization that inspires, connects, and engages Latino communities in the outdoors and envisions a world where all Latino communities enjoy nature as a safe, inclusive, and welcoming place.…

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Sacred Springs Powwow’s 10th Anniversary Goes Virtual

Sacred Springs Powwow’s 10th anniversary goes virtual

Sacred Springs Powwow’s 10th anniversary event has gone virtual as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The powwow, which has usually taken place on the shores of the San Marcos River at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, began on Sept. 15 and stretches through Nov. 21. Read more from Nick Castillo with The San Marcos Daily Record here.

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To Manage Wildfire, California Looks To What Tribes Have Known All Along

To manage wildfire, California looks to what tribes have known all along

Fire has always been part of California's landscape. But long before the vast blazes of recent years, Native American tribes held annual controlled burns that cleared out underbrush and encouraged new plant growth. Now, with wildfires raging across Northern California, joining other record-breaking fires from recent years, government officials say tackling the fire problem will mean bringing back "good fire," much like California's tribes once did. Read more Lauren Sommer with NPR here.

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Seventh Annual Latino Conservation Week Kicks Off This Weekend, Breaks Down Barriers To The Outdoors And Inspires Tomorrow’s Stewards

Seventh Annual Latino Conservation Week kicks off this weekend, breaks down barriers to the outdoors and inspires tomorrow’s stewards

Communities throughout the country will enjoy and connect with the great outdoors during the 7th annual Latino Conservation Week, which begins July 18 and runs through July 26. While this year will lean more toward virtual activities like online expeditions, roundtable discussions, Q&A sessions, scavenger hunts, film screenings and the like, nearly 100 events are being celebrated nationwide. “Latino communities are passionate about the outdoors and hold a strong belief that we have a moral obligation to be good stewards,”…

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‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ Is Really A Thing

‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ is really a thing

Numerous studies have shown the mental and physical benefits of spending time in nature, but for some people, it took a pandemic and stay-at-home orders for that desire to spend more time outdoors to feel like a necessity. Experts hope that desire for nature will remain once people physically return to their busy schedules. “Ironically, the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, as tragic as it is, has dramatically increased public awareness of the deep human need for nature connection, and is adding…

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What’s Next For Black AF In STEM?

What’s next for Black AF in STEM?

Last week, Black researchers and avian enthusiasts flocked to social media to participate in the first ever Black Birders Week (May 31-June 5). “Growing up, there weren’t many outlets showing diversity, so I was only able to be inspired by white conservationists and naturalists,” said Tolga Aktas, a conservation biologist based in the UK. “The Black Birders Week movement allowed me to see that there are many Black wildlife heroes out there. It reassures me that everybody can make a…

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Water Connects Us All

Water connects us all

Water connects us all, from watersheds to oceans, to wetlands. In the summer of 2019, students from Taiwan, the Kumeyaay Nation, and southern California participated in an environmental summit hosted by the National Wildlife Federation and the Ministry of Education Taiwan at the University of California, San Diego. Students were selected because of their voices and action for environmental stewardship and protection of the water sources they live near. When peering at a map, the bodies of water surrounding Taiwan and…

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‘Black Birders Week’ Promotes Diversity And Takes On Racism In The Outdoors

‘Black Birders Week’ promotes diversity and takes on racism in the outdoors

“We all have this shared experience where we have to worry about going into the field,” says Earyn McGee, a herpetology Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona and Black Birders Week co-organizer. Prejudice might drive police or private property owners to be suspicious of or antagonistic toward Black scientists doing field work in normal clothes, putting them in danger, she says. McGee conducts research near the U.S.-Mexico border and worries about encountering U.S. Border Patrol on her own while…

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#BlackBirdersWeek Aims To Raise Awareness, Grow Community

#BlackBirdersWeek aims to raise awareness, grow community

Just four days after the encounter between a white dog walker and African American birdwatcher Christian Cooper, a group of approximately 30 Black scientists, birders, and outdoor explorers have created a new awareness campaign to encourage birding among more people of color. The project is called #BlackBirdersWeek, and it will take place from Sunday, May 31, through Friday, June 5. Anyone who is interested should follow the hashtag #BlackBirdersWeek on Twitter and Instagram... “This effort was borne out of a large…

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