Latino Conservation Week has been celebrated, nationwide, since 2014. An initiative of the Hispanic Access Foundation, this week creates opportunity for community members and organizations to get together in support of conservation issues. Most importantly, Latino Conservation Week emphasizes the Latino community’s passion for the outdoors.
The goals of Latino Conservation Week:
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection joined this year to celebrate Latino Conservation Week, July 17 through July 25, 2021!
In celebration of the week, the Department hosted several events while working with partners such as:
DEP and Montgomery Parks joined forces to participate in various events to share information. Including at the Crossroads Farmers Market in Takoma Park and a food distribution site hosted by Community CHEER at the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring.
On Saturday, July 17th, DEP and Montgomery Parks kicked off the week by hosting a Parks and community cleanup at Broad Acres Local park and the surrounding community. Although very hot and humid, 15 volunteers including members of the Oakview Community Association, came out to help!
Students in summer school at the JoAnne Leleck Elementary School worked very hard to come up with a design to paint on a storm drain located on the school grounds.
Their goal: Educate everyone about protecting the earth!
The students learned about litter and how the entire County, our communities, our homes affect the health of the bay. How? When it rains, anything that ends up on our lawns, roads, sidewalks can drain to our local streams and eventually the Bay via storm drains. The students painted the storm drain at JoAnne Leleck Elementary School located in Silver Spring, on Monday, July 19th.
To close off the week, on Friday, July 23, 2021, DEP staff shared information to the 1st graders at summer school at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring,
Such activities, help to foster the next generation of Latinos passionate about conservation efforts and leaders ready to protect our natural resources!
We look forward to expanding our efforts and partners in honor of Latino Conservation Week in 2022!