Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area receives grant to enhance youth programs

Photo courtesy of Alina Marquez with Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) has received a grant from the National Park Foundation’s ParkVentures program to provide new supplies and equipment for both of its annual youth programs.

ALAMOSA — The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) has received a grant from the National Park Foundation’s ParkVentures program to provide new supplies and equipment for both of its annual youth programs and to enhance the activities and sites students will be taken to in each program.

These programs include their Caminos del Valle Youth Walking Tours and the SdCNHA Heritage Camp. Both of SdCNHA’s programs take place in the spring and early summer every year.  The organization will be expanding their numbers to ten students for the Youth Walking Tours this year.

Applications are still open for students interested in participating in the Heritage Camp. The organization hopes that these increased funds will be able to provide more students with access to the history in their home communities and get them interested in a possible future career in historical and environmental preservation.

The National Park Foundation’s ParkVentures program awards grants to equity-focused outdoor leaders and organizations for projects and activities that promote access, eliminate barriers, and offer positive, memorable experiences to engage individuals and communities that have historically been excluded from national parks and outdoor recreation. The program’s goal is to help people create and strengthen life-long relationships and national parks.

SdCNHA was designated to promote, rehabilitate, and interpret unique historical, geographic, cultural, and natural resources. They endeavor to preserve and protect the integrity of our area and encourage stewardship for all generations through community collaboration.

To learn more about the work SdCNHA does, follow them on social media or visit their website at www.sangreheritage.org.