01 August 2017


Category: News Coverage

By Cecilia Arteaga, LHIP Intern at Lake Mead

BOULDER CITY, Nevada --- On July 15, Lake Mead National Recreation Area hosted four volunteers for a Latino Conservation Week event called “Find Your Roots / Encuentra Tus Raíces.” The event served as an opportunity for participants to explore Lake Mead National Recreational Area in a unique, educational and service-oriented way.

Beginning with a short hike in the Cactus Garden near the Visitor Center, participants learned more about the native desert plants at the park. Participants then volunteered their time at the Song Dog Plant Nursery by seed cleaning and transplanting vegetation. As America’s most diverse national recreation area, Lake Mead offers endless opportunities to hike, boat, camp and fish, among other fun activities and Find Your Roots / Encuentra Tus Raíces was a special behind-the-scenes look into the work that goes into keeping the park and its natural resources unimpaired for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. 

The event brought in volunteers from CHISPA: League of Conservation Voters and students from University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Students of various ages and backgrounds learned about native desert plants and the importance of conserving nature through a hands-on approach alongside their peers and the National Park Service staff serving as experts in the environmental science field. 

“I felt like it bridged the gap between park services and the community!” said Amanda, who volunteered at the event. She adds, “It allowed me to be able to see how I can make a difference and gives me the opportunity to experience and realize how much life is in the desert and makes me want to do my part to preserve it.” 

Latino Conservation Week is a nationwide opportunity for Latinos to come together and demonstrate their passion for the outdoors, both its enjoyment and preservation. Find Your Roots / Encuentra Tus Raíces was made possible by the National Park Service and Hispanic Access Foundation.



Julio 15, Lake Mead National Recreation Area organizó un evento con voluntarios para celebrar Latino Conservation Week, o Semana Latina de Conservación. El evento, “Find Your Roots / Encuentra Tus Raíces” fue una oportunidad para que los participantes explorarán el parque de una manera interactiva, educativa y orientada a servicio.

Empezando con una caminata por el Jardín de Cactus, los participantes aprendieron más sobre las plantas nativas del desierto que se encuentran en el parque. Después, cuatro voluntarios dedicaron su tiempo a trasplantar vegetación y limpiar semillas en el vivero de Lago Mead.

Como el área nacional más diversa de recreación, Lago Mead ofrece oportunidades innumerables para excursionismo, paseo en barco, campamento y actividades acuáticas. “Find Your Roots / Encuentra Tus Raíces” fue una mirada detrás de las escenas del trabajo que se requiere en mantener el parque y sus recursos naturales para el gozo, educación y inspiración de la presente y futuras generaciones.

Los voluntarios que participaron en este evento fueron estudiantes de la Universidad de Nevada Las Vegas y miembros de CHISPA: Liga de Votantes de Conservación. Kelly Wallace, una experta de ciencas ambientales del Servicio Nacional de Parques guió el taller sobre el cuidado de las plantas nativas del desierto y la importancia de conservar la naturaleza.

“Pudimos celebrar y connectar con miembros de nuestra comunidad.” dijo Diana Tapia, participante de Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) con Lago Mead.

Para Cecilia Arteaga, otra participante de LHIP, “Fue un honor y gusto poder contribuir a la gran celebración y esfuerzo nacional de Latinos para proteger el medio ambiente.”

Semana Latina de Conservación se llevará acabo Julio 15 al 23 como una oportunidad nacional para que Latinos se unan y demuestren su pasión en disfrutar y proteger las tierras públicas. Find Your Roots / Encuentra Tus Raíces fue hecho posible por el Servicio Nacional de Parques y Acceso Hispano.



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Latino Conservation Week is a collection of events from variety of organizations. Hispanic Access Foundation is only directly responsible for events in which it is listed as a sponsor. 



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