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Nature Narratives – Share Your Organization’s Story!

Nature Narratives – Share Your Organization’s Story!

We invite you to participate in Nature Narratives – Metro DNA’s inaugural collective storytelling project. This collaborative project provides an exciting opportunity for partner organizations to elevate our work and the ways we are promoting healthier people, communities, and natural places in metro Denver. Nature Narratives also will help us define a shared story of our ongoing efforts to make the metro Denver region a thriving place for people and for nature.

Project goals are to:
▪ Elevate the unique and complementary work of organizations across metro Denver
▪ Highlight diverse definitions of nature and ways of engaging with nature
▪ Foster connections among partner organizations
▪ Start to define diverse values of nature to ultimately build toward a shared regional vision of people and nature

As facilitator, capacity builder, and champion, Metro DNA will provide several types of support to help partner organizations develop, articulate, and share their narratives through audio, video, photography, or other formats. This support will include training sessions, direct staff support, and marketing.
All Metro DNA partners are invited to participate in Nature Narratives. Metro DNA will host three trainings in June (more details forthcoming). In the meantime, please contact Chris Hawkins (cmhawkins@tnc.org) or Jessica Godinez (jessicagodinez@fs.fed.us) if you have questions.

Nature Narratives – Thank you! And, finally, a huge THANK YOU to our partners! Over the past six months, many of you have participated in thoughtful and productive conversations that led to the development of Nature Narratives. Your excellent ideas and input have truly brought this collaborative storytelling project to life.

Trust for Public Land Mapping Project

Trust for Public Land Mapping Project

With the help of the Trust for Public Land, the Metro Denver Nature Alliance has put together models that analyze access to existing parks and open space. The analysis incorporates a two-step approach:

  1. determines where there are gaps in public park availability across the landscape, and constructs a demographic profile to identify gaps with the most urgent need for public parkland, and
  2. incorporates natural space opportunities based on land use and cover characteristics, schools, community gardens, and potential for certified backyard wildlife habitat areas.

The two components are combined using an equal weighted sum computation. These maps were created using a weighted overlay analysis based on the following criteria:

  • Park Needs
  • Proposed Parks and Open Space
  • Vacant Lands
  • Natural Land Cover
  • School Grounds
  • Potential for certified backyard wildlife habitat areas
  • Community Gardens

Click here to see the maps.