Colorado Public Lands Day won’t have any big festivals or public speeches by politicians or other noteworthy guests Saturday. But environmental groups are still encouraging people to engage with the outdoors in a meaningful way.
“With the pandemic right now we’re encouraging people to visit their favorite places virtually or stay in their neighborhoods, or even their backyards, because public lands will be waiting for us when we get through this,” said Gabriel Otero, Colorado Plateau representative for the Wilderness Society.
A brief scan of the site Colorado Public Lands Day offers people the chance to do solo trailhead clean up, screen public lands documentaries, and join online discussions. For Otero, one conversation that’s been top of mind is making access to parks and public lands more inclusive.
He wants to see more diversity among those who recreate and appreciate the greater outdoors.
“I’m hoping families are having these discussions around their dinner tables about their next adventure understanding the importance of open spaces for all of us and our well-being,” he said.
The first rollout will come next month when the group will launch a mentorship program for people of color and Indigenous people who work in conservation, public lands or outdoor recreation.