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July 2022

Message from Our Executive Director

At the start of each summer, we look forward to vacations, picnics, beach trips, and other forms of outdoor fun with family and friends. It’s also a time for us to reflect back on our recent progress. As a nonprofit organization, we work within a fiscal year that runs July 1 to June 30. And what a year it has been! 
We have expanded our programs, grown our staff, extended our reach to additional regions around Los Angeles, and continued to enrich our relationships with partners and collaborators while working with community members daily.

We celebrate:
  • Making Connections: Providing more access to nature, and expanding our All Aboard for Nature program to fund trips to parks and beaches for community members.
  • Protecting Nature: Continuing to support the PUBLIC Lands Act, and being part of the ReDesign LA cohort to learn more about how we can help transform our environment into more resilient, watershed-friendly landscapes.
  • Creating Opportunities: Supporting the leaders of tomorrow with our Leadership Academy, Community Base-Building training, and the just-launched Lower LA River Leadership Academy.

Related: We are proud to share our impact report for 2021, which provides a glimpse of our many successes in connecting community members to nature, protecting our public lands, and fighting for environmental justice.
                                        —Belén Bernal, Nature for All Executive Director

Connecting Community Members to Nature

Recent trips we hosted: Hansem Dam to Malibu Lagoon and Alhambra to Bolsa Chica.
We are grateful to have received funding for environmental and outdoor equity programs in Panorama City and South Gate from California State Parks! This funding will help our All Aboard for Nature program, which centers on community leadership development programs and workshops on climate resilience and community wellness. We will also lead trips to natural areas, including the San Gabriel Mountains and local beaches.
Panorama City Community Volunteering Day is Saturday, July 16 at 9 am. Help us beautify the communities of Panorama City and North Hills at Marson Street Park (15262 Marson St., Panorama City); raffles, prizes, and a light breakfast will be provided for participants. 
All Aboard for Nature for South Gate Residents for Latino Conservation Week is Saturday, July 23. We are providing a free trip to the Latino Conservation Week Celebration at LA State Historic Park. Our bus will leave from Hollydale Park (5400 Monroe Ave., South Gate, CA 90280) at 8:45 am to arrive at the celebration by 9:30 am. We will leave the LA State Historic Park at 1 pm and return to Hollydale no later than 2 pm. Free meals and transportation will be provided. Also, we will be leading a short native plant walk at the park! RSVP to save your free spot here.
More Summer Fun at Our Parks: Find out about park activities from LA County, the City of LA, and California State Parks.
We were excited to learn that Kevin Haley was inspired to create a website with transit-to-trails information after he participated in one of our shuttle trips.

Read about the project, what spending time in nature means to him, and more. 

Protecting Nature

San Gabriel Valley Wildfire Adaptation Summit is Thursday, July 14, from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Following the 2020 Bobcat Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) identified a need for a regional program to provide wildfire adaptation and prevention resources to cities and residents. To mark the launch of this program, they're bringing together expert panelists to discuss how cities and communities can help support successful wildfire programs and prevent future wildfires. Register here and find out more about wildfire safety and prevention here in our guide.
Senator Alex Padilla discussed the importance of protecting our public lands and rivers and improving equitable access to the outdoors in a post on Modern Hiker, the website run by our board member Casey Schreiner. "Throughout California, the PUBLIC Lands Act would promote equity and protect the environment...." Read more.
Shared stewardship and enjoying nature responsibly and safely are more important than ever. We’ve updated our Recreate Responsibly guide with tips on how you can spend time in nature responsibly and safely. 
The Supreme Court made a ruling that limits the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate emissions and protect us from the damaging effects of climate change. Read more on the matter from Nature for All coalition member Sierra Club.
It's National Forest Week! Find out more about Angeles National Forest, was established as a national forest by Executive Order in December 1892.

Supporting Our Community

Summer Safety: We have guides on water safety, fire prevention, and ways to stay cool during extreme heat days. Also: how to save water.
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While we look forward to connecting with community members when exercising, picnicking, and relaxing on trails, in parks, and on beaches this summer, we will be simultaneously working to connect more community members to nature. Our work on programs to protect our public lands and increase access to more parks and open green spaces for our communities to enjoy is expanding, and we can achieve more to improve the lives of our community members with your support. Thank you!
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