breaking barriers

Nature for All – Atlanta

Adriana Garcia, Nature Accessibility Advocate

From Park Pride’s 2020 Spring Newsletter.

In an urban environment, parks often provide our only connection to nature. In 2020, Park Pride will rally behind a vision of nature for all, helping people access and use parks and greenspaces. 

With support from the Turner Foundation and in partnership with Trees Atlanta and the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, I was hired to champion an initiative called Nature for All – Atlanta 

While one of the goals of this initiative is to advance the City of Atlanta’s Urban Ecology Framework and Tree Protection Ordinance, the broader focus is to build support, awareness, and appetite for equitable access to nature. Everyone—regardless of race, age, gender, socio-economic status, or ability—deserves access to nature.   

There are, however, barriers that complicate support for this vision, especially for individuals in communities that have been historically marginalized.  

Throughout 2020, I will organize a series of fun, free outings and events (nature walks, beginner birding, tree talks, etc.) to begin to break those barriers and empower a new cohort of local nature advocates. To make events inclusive, some will even be offered in Spanish. 

Avid birders in the making! In January 2020, the first Nature for All – Atlanta event brought new birders of all ages to Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. Photo by Jenny Burdette, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.

Invite your friends and family to join you at an event. Help us make nature a part of everyone’s daily life!   

Sign up for Nature for All – Atlanta events. 

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