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The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office & Corazón Latino Announce Partnership

The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office and Corazón Latino announced a new Partnership to engage the Chesapeake watershed’s Latinx and Hispanic communities with the region’s special places. NPS and Corazón Latino will collaborate in developing culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate materials and experiences for Latinx communities at sites within the NPS Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network (Chesapeake Gateways Network). More than 300 cultural, historical, natural and recreational parks and sites across the Chesapeake watershed participate in the partnership-based Chesapeake Gateways Network.

More than eight percent of the 18 million residents of the Chesapeake watershed are of Hispanic or Latinx descent. Latinx and Hispanic families are avid park users with deep connections to the outdoors and strong support for conservation. This shows in the robust Latinx visitation at some of the most visited state and local parks in the Chesapeake region. For the first year of the partnership, the NPS Chesapeake Gateways program is providing $163,125, which Corazón Latino is matching with an additional $86,934 of non-federal resources. In collaboration with NPS, Corazón Latino will use these funds to advance inclusive access and community stewardship. For media inquiries, contact Wendy O’Sullivan at 202-374-9051, wosullivan@nps.gov; or Chelsea Mervenne at 616-826-1868, chelsea@corazonlatino.us.