About Us

The 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.

Our Team

Dana CoelhoThe Metro Denver Nature Alliance is supported by a single staff person, standing committees, project teams, and a growing group of students. Learn more about us and help us grow our team! Please reach out to the Alliance Director with any internship requests or invitations to collaborate.
Alliance Director Dana Cohelo dana@metrodna.org 303-833-9405 Community Engaged Fellows, Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning, University of Denver
  • Corey Martz
  • Sam Wallace
Capstone Team, Masters of the Environment, University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Alexa Cotton
  • Alexander Handloff
  • Madison Krause
  • Nicole Chernik
Intern, Denver School of Science & Technology
  • Rewina Senbetay

Partner Organizations

The collaborative work of Metro DNA is made possible largely by the contribution of annual partner dues. This alliance is what we make of it and achieves what we each put into it. Join Our Newsletter

Welcome to our newest contributing partners!

Thank you to our partners who began contributing in 2019!

Thank you to our partners who began contributing in 2018!

Thank you to our grant funders!

*Interim Steering Committee member.