Larimer Natural Resources chosen for GOCO pilot project
LARIMER COUNTY - The Larimer County Department of Natural Resources has been selected to lead a pilot project to analyze the connections youths and families in the county have to the natural environment.
The study, funded by Great Outdoors Colorado, will identify strategies to fulfill the state organization's 2010 Strategic Plan to “increase the participation by youth and families in all areas” of GOCO's mission. GOCO receives its funding from the Colorado Lottery.
Also participating in the program will be the Fort Collins Natural Areas Program, Colorado State University, the Children and Nature Connection and others. The study aims to find out what current programs are popular and what barriers prevent youth and families from connecting to nature.
The pilot study will serve as a template for similar projects across the state. When complete, the study will help GOCO offer funding to address identified gaps in nature programming.
“Our agency is honored to lead this project,” said Kerri Rollins, Larimer County's open lands manager in the Department of Natural Resources. “We hope that we can build upon the growing national interest in re-connecting youth and families to nature and the outdoors.”
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