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Great news! Back in May, construction began on the Manchester Town Forest Trail in central Maine. Today, we’re happy to ...
10/26/2021

Great news! Back in May, construction began on the Manchester Town Forest Trail in central Maine. Today, we’re happy to share that the 1.5-mile hiking and mountain biking trail loop is complete!

The National Park Service - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program assisted with trail evaluations and mapping for this project. The newly constructed route connects to Hallowell’s recreation area, which has 4.5 miles of trails itself.

This project is in collaboration with the Manchester Conservation Commission and the Central Maine Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA).

Read more about the exciting addition to Manchester’s many trails: https://www.centralmaine.com/2021/09/21/new-manchester-trail-connects-to-hallowells-
recreation-area/

Image: “Manchester selectman Garry Hinckley rides over one of the bridges in the new trail area in Manchester on Tuesday as fellow selectman Bob Gasper watches.” Photo courtesy of Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal.

Great news! Back in May, construction began on the Manchester Town Forest Trail in central Maine. Today, we’re happy to share that the 1.5-mile hiking and mountain biking trail loop is complete!

The National Park Service - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program assisted with trail evaluations and mapping for this project. The newly constructed route connects to Hallowell’s recreation area, which has 4.5 miles of trails itself.

This project is in collaboration with the Manchester Conservation Commission and the Central Maine Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA).

Read more about the exciting addition to Manchester’s many trails: https://www.centralmaine.com/2021/09/21/new-manchester-trail-connects-to-hallowells-
recreation-area/

Image: “Manchester selectman Garry Hinckley rides over one of the bridges in the new trail area in Manchester on Tuesday as fellow selectman Bob Gasper watches.” Photo courtesy of Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal.

The Lakota phrase “Waniyetu Wowapi” translates to “Winter Count” - a practice of recording tribal events through art on ...
10/22/2021

The Lakota phrase “Waniyetu Wowapi” translates to “Winter Count” - a practice of recording tribal events through art on animal hide. In keeping with the tradition, the Cheyenne River Youth Project developed the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park in Eagle Butte, South Dakota to provide youth and community members with an opportunity to express themselves and explore their Native connection to art.

With a vision to further develop the 5-acre park, the Cheyenne River Youth Project applied for assistance from the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program to make the space more accessible and incorporate opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The National Park Service partnered with the North Dakota State University Landscape Architecture Program to create six different designs for the park. The designs feature skate parks, signs and shipping containers, all of which could be used for graffiti art and will slowly be implemented after funding is secured. The National Park Service also mapped a trail system within the art park which was recently constructed by volunteer groups. The trail, which has benches along it, winds through the park allowing visitors of all ages to wander and contemplate the art.

In July, the art park hosted their 2021 RedCan Graffiti Jam, where both Native and non-Native artists were invited to create large-scale murals alongside guest performances and youth art activities. The event ended with the Cheyenne River Youth Project breaking ground on a new youth arts center located in the middle of the park.

The Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park is a central part of the Cheyenne River Sioux community and we’re excited to see what developments are made in the coming months!

Learn more about the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park: https://youtu.be/bdOcisTZtH0

Images: Artists creating murals at the 2021 RedCan Graffiti Jam. Cheyenne River Sioux members during a traditional dance. Cheyenne River Youth Project members breaking ground on the new youth arts center. Images are courtesy of LakotaYouth.org.

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To wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting Alisson Vera, a Communications Fellow with the National Park Serv...
10/15/2021

To wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting Alisson Vera, a Communications Fellow with the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program through Hispanic Access Foundation.

Immigrating to Queens, New York at a young age from Santo Domingo, Ecuador, Alisson did not grow up with much access to outdoor spaces. Instead, she explored the outdoors through her television with shows on Animal Planet and National Geographic. Translating animal facts from English to Spanish for her dad were the first steps towards her love for conservation and the environment.

“I inherited my love for the environment and wildlife from my dad. He grew up on a farm, surrounded by plantain trees and horses. He knew the United States had work, but he didn’t realize it had so much nature to explore. I want to help people like him discover the outdoors in this country,” Alisson said.

With an academic background in environmental studies and journalism, Alisson now creates social media posts, newsletters and articles. On a recent field visit to Alaska, she learned how the National Park Service works with communities to create more outdoor recreation opportunities. She visited a project site at Homer Public Library where the community is looking to create an outdoor learning space and Delta River Walk Park which is currently in the first phase of construction. Her visit included meeting with project partners and attending community planning meetings.

Alisson is excited to continue sharing conservation and outdoor recreation projects in hopes of connecting people to the outdoors.

Image: Alisson surrounded by nature at Kennecott Mines during a recent field visit to Alaska.

#HispanicHeritageMonth

To wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting Alisson Vera, a Communications Fellow with the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program through Hispanic Access Foundation.

Immigrating to Queens, New York at a young age from Santo Domingo, Ecuador, Alisson did not grow up with much access to outdoor spaces. Instead, she explored the outdoors through her television with shows on Animal Planet and National Geographic. Translating animal facts from English to Spanish for her dad were the first steps towards her love for conservation and the environment.

“I inherited my love for the environment and wildlife from my dad. He grew up on a farm, surrounded by plantain trees and horses. He knew the United States had work, but he didn’t realize it had so much nature to explore. I want to help people like him discover the outdoors in this country,” Alisson said.

With an academic background in environmental studies and journalism, Alisson now creates social media posts, newsletters and articles. On a recent field visit to Alaska, she learned how the National Park Service works with communities to create more outdoor recreation opportunities. She visited a project site at Homer Public Library where the community is looking to create an outdoor learning space and Delta River Walk Park which is currently in the first phase of construction. Her visit included meeting with project partners and attending community planning meetings.

Alisson is excited to continue sharing conservation and outdoor recreation projects in hopes of connecting people to the outdoors.

Image: Alisson surrounded by nature at Kennecott Mines during a recent field visit to Alaska.

#HispanicHeritageMonth

Our Hispanic Heritage Month fellow highlights continue with Ximena Diaz Velasco! Ximena began working with the National ...
10/13/2021

Our Hispanic Heritage Month fellow highlights continue with Ximena Diaz Velasco!

Ximena began working with the National Park Service - Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Office as an Outdoor Recreation Fellow in 2021. As a fellow, she is working to strengthen access to diverse outdoor recreation opportunities.

Ximena's passion lies in community building and reducing barriers of access to the outdoors. As a Mexican immigrant, Ximena remembers growing up with her grandparents’ fruit trees and flower plants. When she moved to York, Pennsylvania at an early age, she felt her relationship with nature changed unexpectedly. “I think part of my interest in this field is rediscovering this relationship with nature and helping others with similar experiences do the same!”

Although this is Ximena's first position in recreation and conservation, she wishes to continue to grow her career by helping others with similar experiences reconnect to nature and create community in public spaces.

Our Hispanic Heritage Month fellow highlights continue with Ximena Diaz Velasco!

Ximena began working with the National Park Service - Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Office as an Outdoor Recreation Fellow in 2021. As a fellow, she is working to strengthen access to diverse outdoor recreation opportunities.

Ximena's passion lies in community building and reducing barriers of access to the outdoors. As a Mexican immigrant, Ximena remembers growing up with her grandparents’ fruit trees and flower plants. When she moved to York, Pennsylvania at an early age, she felt her relationship with nature changed unexpectedly. “I think part of my interest in this field is rediscovering this relationship with nature and helping others with similar experiences do the same!”

Although this is Ximena's first position in recreation and conservation, she wishes to continue to grow her career by helping others with similar experiences reconnect to nature and create community in public spaces.

To celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we want to share our newsletter which highlights how the National Park Service – R...
10/11/2021

To celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we want to share our newsletter which highlights how the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program collaborates with Native American communities across the country!

Learn how we partnered with communities to develop and manage a community forest, an outdoor museum and a cultural park: https://www.nps.gov/articles/conservation-and-outdoor-recreation-community-assistance-newsletter-november-2019-volume-i-issue-9.htm

Image: On Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2019, 4000N formerly known as Northwest Portage Walking Museum celebrated the unveiling of the Serpent Mound in Chicago, Illinois. National Park Service photo.

To celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we want to share our newsletter which highlights how the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program collaborates with Native American communities across the country!

Learn how we partnered with communities to develop and manage a community forest, an outdoor museum and a cultural park: https://www.nps.gov/articles/conservation-and-outdoor-recreation-community-assistance-newsletter-november-2019-volume-i-issue-9.htm

Image: On Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2019, 4000N formerly known as Northwest Portage Walking Museum celebrated the unveiling of the Serpent Mound in Chicago, Illinois. National Park Service photo.

Today we have another amazing Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with a spotlight on Lorena Castillo, Co-Executive Dire...
10/10/2021

Today we have another amazing Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with a spotlight on Lorena Castillo, Co-Executive Director of Groundwork Richmond in California. Lorena is first-generation from Mexico, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work centers on creating experiences that connect youth to green spaces and on promoting a healthier ecosystem for the community to thrive in.

Lorena’s passion in this field stems from working with high schoolers on restoration projects and partnering with the @National Park Service to get youth outdoors. She continues to inspire youth by involving them in Día de los Mu***os celebrations, leading a community mural project honoring essential workers, and building green spaces amid Richmond’s oil refineries.

Lorena is an inspiration and her work reaches many!

#HispanicHeritageMonth

Today we have another amazing Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with a spotlight on Lorena Castillo, Co-Executive Director of Groundwork Richmond in California. Lorena is first-generation from Mexico, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work centers on creating experiences that connect youth to green spaces and on promoting a healthier ecosystem for the community to thrive in.

Lorena’s passion in this field stems from working with high schoolers on restoration projects and partnering with the @National Park Service to get youth outdoors. She continues to inspire youth by involving them in Día de los Mu***os celebrations, leading a community mural project honoring essential workers, and building green spaces amid Richmond’s oil refineries.

Lorena is an inspiration and her work reaches many!

#HispanicHeritageMonth

Our next Hispanic Heritage Month highlight is Ayelen “Lucy” Crespo, Director of Youth Initiatives with Groundwork Elizab...
09/30/2021

Our next Hispanic Heritage Month highlight is Ayelen “Lucy” Crespo, Director of Youth Initiatives with Groundwork Elizabeth who brings inspiración y esperanza to her daily work. Lucy was born in Rio Cebollas, Argentina and since the age of four grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey where she works to empower youth in advocating for and addressing the environmental needs of their community.

The youth she works with, 85% being Latinx, benefit from paid opportunities that help train the next generation of conservationists. Alongside this work, Lucy collaborates with the National Park Service on youth excursions, field work on the Appalachian Trail, and serving as an ambassador to the NPS- Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program.

From the beginning of her career, Lucy has made sure to center the needs and wants of youth in her initiatives and is truly impassioned by connecting them to their environment. Today we celebrate your inspiring work, Lucy!

¡Felicidades!

#HispanicHeritageMonth

#FindYourPark

#EncuentraTuParque

Our next Hispanic Heritage Month highlight is Ayelen “Lucy” Crespo, Director of Youth Initiatives with Groundwork Elizabeth who brings inspiración y esperanza to her daily work. Lucy was born in Rio Cebollas, Argentina and since the age of four grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey where she works to empower youth in advocating for and addressing the environmental needs of their community.

The youth she works with, 85% being Latinx, benefit from paid opportunities that help train the next generation of conservationists. Alongside this work, Lucy collaborates with the National Park Service on youth excursions, field work on the Appalachian Trail, and serving as an ambassador to the NPS- Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program.

From the beginning of her career, Lucy has made sure to center the needs and wants of youth in her initiatives and is truly impassioned by connecting them to their environment. Today we celebrate your inspiring work, Lucy!

¡Felicidades!

#HispanicHeritageMonth

#FindYourPark

#EncuentraTuParque

In this week’s edition of Hispanic Heritage Month highlights, we turn to David Castro, a Communications Fellow with the ...
09/27/2021

In this week’s edition of Hispanic Heritage Month highlights, we turn to David Castro, a Communications Fellow with the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program (NPS-RTCA) through the Hispanic Access Foundation.

During his fellowship, David has assisted with compiling newsletters, composing social media posts and creating additional projects that the communications team assembles for internal and public use. David was born and raised in Chicago to parents from Bogotá, Colombia. Being bilingual and visiting family in Colombia, David realized at a young age that there is a whole world out there to explore.

David recently performed field work in Alaska, including interviews, photography and public engagement. “My fellowship allows me to spread my passion for conservation and exploring different places with the general public. I get to share what I learn about cool projects nationwide, and that excites me each and every day! I hope that the stories inspire future environmental stewards to enjoy these public spaces and others like them,” David said.

Image: David on the Bluff Cabin Trail, a restoration project that NPS-RTCA has helped with near Delta Junction, Alaska.

#HispanicHeritageMonth

In this week’s edition of Hispanic Heritage Month highlights, we turn to David Castro, a Communications Fellow with the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program (NPS-RTCA) through the Hispanic Access Foundation.

During his fellowship, David has assisted with compiling newsletters, composing social media posts and creating additional projects that the communications team assembles for internal and public use. David was born and raised in Chicago to parents from Bogotá, Colombia. Being bilingual and visiting family in Colombia, David realized at a young age that there is a whole world out there to explore.

David recently performed field work in Alaska, including interviews, photography and public engagement. “My fellowship allows me to spread my passion for conservation and exploring different places with the general public. I get to share what I learn about cool projects nationwide, and that excites me each and every day! I hope that the stories inspire future environmental stewards to enjoy these public spaces and others like them,” David said.

Image: David on the Bluff Cabin Trail, a restoration project that NPS-RTCA has helped with near Delta Junction, Alaska.

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