"Generation Wild" Great Outdoors Colorado Project with Bemis Library and the Village Preschool
Under the auspices of Great Outdoors Colorado’s “Generation Wild: Kids Grow Better Outside” program, SMLC took on a project in 2018 to reconnect children with nature. SMLC partnered with Bemis Library on its summer reading program by designing a scavenger hunt booklet to get children out in our parks and awarding them with a SMLC-purchased book about nature. In 2019 this partnership continued in conjunction with the Friends of the Library/Museum (FOLM), and the Village Preschool received free books and activity booklets. SMLC funded high-quality, nature-themed books for these reading programs.
Generation Wild is a three-year campaign to reconnect children with nature.
Funds from the Grace Kramlich Memorial Fund were committed to the purchase of the books. This donation is noted in each book. Grace was a long-time supporter of SMLC.
Advocacy on Natural Areas in Neighborhood Parks
SMLC is helping people understand the importance of preserving natural areas in our neighborhood parks. As part of this effort, SMLC is encouraging South Suburban Parks and Recreation District to update its materials and plans to help the community understand the importance of these areas. These parcels are often misunderstood, but they provide habitat for birds, animals, and native plants close to home.
Recognizing Community Conservationists
SMLC actively celebrates the accomplishments of conservationists who have made a difference in our community, by engraving their names on our stone in the roundabout on the Mary Carter Greenway near the Carson Nature Center. Last August, we added the name of Bobbie Sheffield, SMLC's co-founder and long-time board member, to the stone. An annual celebration is held each summer.
Working to improve connectivity among our open spaces
SMLC supports additional opportunities to expand connectivity of parks, trails and places people need to travel in order to meet the needs of their everyday lives. Facilitating travel via walking or biking has proven health benefits for people of all ages.
Arapahoe County open space working groups
SMLC has been an active member of Arapahoe County's Open Spaces Working Groups since their inception
- South Platte Working Group
- Highline Canal Working Group
SMLC collaborates with other groups to protect important open spaces
- Marrs Ranch - West Bijou open space
- Sumac Hill