Imagine a group of children, sun and smiles on their faces, taking a guided walk through Hawkins Preserve in Cortez, learning about the native plants and animals and the history of the land and people that lived here many years ago. This is an example of one of the ways MLC is making conservation relevant to peoples’ lives, connecting people to the land and creating a lasting and meaningful impact on the community. This is what community conservation looks like.
Jay Loschert, our Outreach and Education Coordinator, has been busy working with local organizations in Montezuma and Dolores counties over the last several months to create more opportunities to connect youth and adults in our community with the land.
Here are a few examples of the work MLC is doing to make this happen:
- We continue to work with the Cortez Cultural Center to create opportunities for hands-on experiences for youth and adults at Hawkins Preserve
- MLC continues our work with the Montezuma Inspire Coalition with a focus on creating “Programs, Places and Pathways” through a multi-year program to find ways to get children of all ages outdoors
- Jay was awarded a scholarship and will attend the Land Trust Alliance “Community Conservation Retreat” in Carbondale to learn more about the most effective ways for MLC to create wonderful new experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with the land
- We are developing a partnership with High Desert Conservation District to create workshops for local landowners and young farmers to learn more about how to improve the lands they love, live and work on
- Working with local schools in Cortez, Dolores and Dove Creek to create programs that will get children from pre-school through high school out on Fozzie’s Farm (see the article above) to practice and learn about agriculture and how important it is to all of our lives
If you want to learn more about our Community Conservation Initiative or want to volunteer, get in touch with Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org.