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Children enjoying an urban parkThe Metro Denver Nature Alliance (Metro DNA) is a growing coalition of non-profit, government, research, and private sector partners seeking to align nature-based efforts to ensure more equitable access to nature and to promote healthy people, communities, and natural places. Through shared visioning and sustained collaborations, Metro DNA works for a future when:

  • Metro Denver residents have equitable access to parks, open spaces, and other kinds of nature meaningful to them.
  • Metro Denver communities integrate nature to promote healthy, active residents.
  • The metro Denver region protects, restores, and stewards natural systems that support people, wildlife, and ecological function.

Underlying Metro DNA’s approach is the belief that a coordinated alliance can achieve more than the sum of its parts: as partners jointly consider the intersections among key regional issues, they can develop and implement more equitable, effective, and sustainable solutions. Specifically, Metro DNA holds that greater partner alignment and integrated strategies will lead to:

  • increased investment in nature;
  • greater prioritization of nature in land use decisions;
  • stronger public support for equitable access to nature; and
  • heightened engagement with nature across diverse communities.

In support of these goals, Metro DNA will perform three mutually reinforcing roles:

  • Facilitating collaboration and alignment among the many partners working to advance healthy people, communities, and nature.
  • Championing nature-based efforts by publicizing partners’ work, showcasing their successes, and raising public awareness and support for nature, broadly defined.
  • Building partner capacity by promoting resource sharing and leveraging joint activities.
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