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April 2021
While every day includes connecting people to nature and protecting our public lands, we join others around the world each Earth Day to highlight how crucial it is to care for our beloved planet.

This year, it feels especially more celebratory, as it has become safer to convene with others. We started the year by having our annual coalition retreat as a virtual event, and slowly but surely we have found ourselves in the field once again, meeting in person with our community and partners! The Nature for All team has been thrilled to join you outside — on trails and bike paths, in parks and at community events across the County.  
I am honored to be part of a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 27, presented by Alliance for a Better Community: "A Conversation on Environmental Justice in Los Angeles," about how our natural environment affects our health and welfare of the Latinx community in Los Angeles. Please join us and register for the event. Also, check out other events happening below. 
Let's continue to connect and collaborate to create even more opportunities for our communities to enjoy nature and inspire all to care for and protect these sacred places along the way! 
                                        —Belén Bernal, Nature for All Executive Director

More Earth Day Events

TODAY!
Friday, April 22
3 to 8 pm


We will join LA County Board Supervisor Hilda L. Solis at Sunshine Park in South San Jose Hills-La Puente, for a community Earth Day celebration with local collaborative partners. We hope to see you there!
Saturday, April 23 and Saturday, April 30

A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to take South Gate residents on an interpreted walk to White Point Beach in San Pedro, California. For some it was the first field trip to the outdoors in more than three years, while for others this was their first visit to the area.
Nature for All- ¡Naturaleza para todos! Aprenda más sobre nuestra organización, las razones por cuales existimos y los beneficios nombrados por nuestra Promotora Lidia y Directora Belen."

We are fortunate to be able to offer additional Community Access trips this year; our next will be with San Fernando Valley residents. The in-person public land defense workshop is on Saturday, April 23, presented by coalition member National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), and is followed by the Nature for All trip to Malibu Creek on Saturday, April 30. Join us!
THIS Saturday, April 23
9 am to noon


Join us and other coalition partners at Memorial Park in Sierra Madre for another Earth Day festival. You can meet with other local organizations and agencies and participate in a Greywater 101 workshop to do your part and learn more about water conservation (9:30 to 10:30 am).

News from Nature for All

Thank you to REI for your continued support of our work and for the new Nature for All gear! 
A great day of learning and sharing with the California Natural Resources Agency, including Deputy Secretary of Access Katherine Toy and Deputy Secretary Andrea Ambriz, along with coalition partners and other local organizations. Thank you to The Wilderness Society for the invitation and continued collaboration on efforts to increase access to nature.
Above left: Community Ambassadors at Riverfront Park in Maywood, CA; right: Our annual coalition retreat. Thank you Jose Gonzalez for facilitating and helping us kick off this year inspired!
Nature for All is looking to grow our team! The new Program Manager will be responsible for making long-lasting connections with community members and key stakeholders in support of our leadership development program and outdoor access program offerings throughout Los Angeles County. Our ideal candidate is someone who is community-oriented and has a passion for environmental justice and spending time in nature. The deadline to apply is May 3, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit wwww.lanatureforall.org/jobs

Making Connections

Thank you to Representative Judy Chu for securing $995,000 for Nature for All's shuttle pilot program! This investment will allow us to create equitable public transit routes into the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. We are thrilled to have Rep. Chu's support and look forward working with partners and community members on providing more access to nature and ensuring that we all recreate responsibly and care for our public lands.
We hope to see you biking, walking, skating, dancing or rolling down the car-free streets on Sunday, May 1 for coalition member Active SGV's Golden Streets Mission to Mission event, presented with Metro. The fun runs from 9 am to 4 pm and there will be music, art, food and entertainment along the route. See you there!

Protecting Nature

Nature for All has been working to protect the public lands and green, open spaces around Los Angeles since 2008. To see LA City Council pass a resolution in support of the PUBLIC Lands Act is a moment to celebrate and acknowledge!

Thank you to Councilmembers Paul Koretz and John Lee for their leadership on this effort. It's time for the Senate to pass this bill! "When kids are deprived of nature, that means they’re missing out on safe places to play and families are missing out on opportunities to bond with each other…" Read more in “Protecting California’s public lands is a top priority” (Capitol Weekly)
May is Wildfire Awareness Month. As Smokey says, "only you can prevent wildfires." Find out what you can do to protect yourself and nature.

Leading the Way

Cohort 19 Leadership Academy Graduation: Congratulations to graduates Angel Arellano, Angela Hong, Ariel Dela Cruz, Azeneth Martinez, Brenda Yancor, Jordan Salcido, Kyle Cavazos, Lionel Mares, Melissa Diaz, Perla Iliana Lagunas Abundez, Sandra Ruiz, and Zee Zetino.

The graduation ceremony took place at Los Angeles State Historic Park for an evening bonfire and intimate celebration. Thank you to all program speakers this year, including past graduates Josh Andujo, Christian Lamont, Michelle Barboza-Ramirez, Remigio Mateo, Erik Fonseca, and Roberto Morales!
Congratulations to Leadership Academy Cohort 19 member Kyle Cavazos for facilitating his community event, in partnership with the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy at the Rosemont Preserve. Attendees enjoyed a morning filled with nature-based mindfulness activities and meditations, designed to promote self-healing practices and inner reflection with the support of community.
We celebrate all graduates who are conducting and planning their community projects throughout the region! We are inspired by this group and celebrate the next generation of diverse environmental leaders. Find out more about Cohort 19 community projects!

Elevating Community Voices

Telemundo 52 interviewed our Executive Director, Belén Bernal, and Community Ambassador Lidia Aguilar, for a segment spotlighting our work. “Continuamos en la semana verde, y esta vez, les queremos contar la historia de la organización llamada Nature for All. Esta organización, está conectando a estudiantes y a familias de bajos recursos con la naturaleza, veamos de qué manera.”
We had the great honor to meet with members from Onedrumm, an all-female, inter-tribal drumming group, for a drumming session and important conversations. We gathered to play traditional songs and heal with the beat of the drums out in nature and plan to bring this knowledge to the work we do in our community.
Thank you to Sewa and Ginger for the opportunity to share their space and learn in such a nurturing environment.
Coalition member API Forward Movement continues to highlight community members sharing insights about the value of accessing nature and protecting our beloved San Gabriel Mountains, including Michael Manalo. Check out other great post by APIFM online and read more here.
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