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Erasing barriers for getting students outdoors

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The McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area near Loma just off Interstate 70 is a popular public lands destination for mountain bikers and hikers, and marks the start of the Kokopelli Trail which winds through the backcountry to Moab, Utah.

Fruita resident Gabriel Otero is a senior campaign specialist with The Wilderness Society. He and his organization were instrumental in establishing a statewide equity grant program that helps kids from underserved communities experience nature and the outdoors. In an interview with Colorado Matters, he explains the different barriers children of color face when it comes to experiencing the outdoors, and he also demonstrates the difference equity programs can make in students' lives.