Latino Conservation Week 2023 – Bilingual Forest Walk

On Saturday July 15th, we celebrated the 10th Latino Conservation Week by hosting a free bilingual forest bathing event in Prince George’s County.  We had over 50 people from the Edmonston and Riverdale communities join for a family friendly day where participants were able to relax among the trees of Tanglewood Park, eat delicious snacks and pizza, and learn about different organizations tabling at event.  Nature Forward also gave out free reusable bags to all families to take home.

Our three certified forest guides (Raquel Pinto, Ana Ka’ahanui, and Adria Zeldin) lead the Latine families on a 1.5-hour long forest bathing/meditation walk with a tea ceremony around Tanglewood Park. For most families this was their first time doing this activity in the forest and they enjoyed being able to relax in nature among their families and with others.

We also had five fantastic local and regional partners join us and table at the event where they shared information on their organization’s upcoming events. Thank you to the following organizations for coming to the event: The Town of Edmonston, Prince George’s Parks Mount Rainier Nature Center, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Defensores de la Cuenca, and Asociacion Guatemaltecos Sin Fronteras.

The event was hosted by Nature Forward & Prince George’s Parks & Recreation (MNCPPC) and funded by the US Forest Service and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.