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Building Stronger Communities

While the land doesn’t need us, we undoubtedly need the land. Not only does the land provide for our basic necessities (food, water, shelter), undeveloped natural places can also help meet other needs for our communities.

People scattered in meadow at springtime

Kestrel’s new Community Conservation program recognizes that people are healthier, communities are stronger, and children are happier when they have access to nature close to home.

By creating welcoming outdoor spaces for people of all ages and backgrounds, we aim to reconnect people to nature. Bringing those places closer to neighborhoods helps build a stronger sense of place within our communities and provides new opportunities for people to experience the natural world in ways that are appealing and meaningful to them.

Connecting People to Natural Places

Creating Parks, Trails, and Places to Love

Our goals include enhancing public conservation areas to help make them accessible to more people; building new trails on existing conservation lands to provide a variety of experiences for people of all abilities; creating unique spaces for children or adults to safely have new outdoor experiences; and building free-play areas for kids to get up-close to nature on their own terms.

Getting Young People Outdoors

We are also beginning new partnerships to offer high-school students experience with learning outdoor skills and leadership training to build their confidence, develop a personal conservation ethic, and learn valuable life skills.

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