Nature Narratives is 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.
Regional Vision for People + Nature
Metro DNA exists to facilitate collaborative work that supports a thriving region for people and nature. Defining the ecological and community goals we share and articulating strategies to achieve those goals is critical to our success in building an active and aligned network of partners and empowering strategic, equitable, and conservation-forward land use decision-making in our region.
Safe Summer Kick Off on Get Outdoors Day
Hosted by Metro DNA, Get Outdoors Day Colorado and SouthWest Denver Coalition partners have joined forces to host Safe Summer Kick Off on Get Outdoors Day (SSKO GO). This free, family-friendly event is designed to promote access to healthy and safe outdoor spaces, support under-resourced communities, and celebrate nature exploration.
Our first annual event was held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Garfield Lake Park from 10am to 3pm. Planning begins for 2020 now!
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:
- 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
- incorporates natural space opportunities based on land use and cover characteristics, schools, community gardens, and potential for certified backyard wildlife habitat areas.