In PARAÍSO, the latest film from North Carolina’s Year of the Trail, our friend Cata Noreña introduces the Club de Exploradores, a program that helps Latinx/Hispanic kids discover the beauty of the outdoors. Watch it here and learn more about the program…

In the latest film for Year of the Trail—a cooperative working to build more opportunities for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities—our good friend Cata Noreña talks about her experience as a Colombian American and how it influences her leadership role in the Club de Exploradores. Watch it below and scroll down to learn more about the program.

“We want to empower kids and show them that their culture is beautiful and that we all belong in the outdoors.”

Paraiso Film, Cata Norena

Club de Exploradores is a free, bilingual outreach program invites middle school-aged students from the Latinx/Hispanic community of Transylvania County and surrounding areas to join Latin American outdoor leaders on monthly, all-day adventures in Pisgah National Forest. This program was born out of the need to address the imbalance of who is enjoying and benefiting from living next to public lands like the Pisgah National Forest. The program grew from 12 participants in their 2022 pilot year to 21 in its second year by highlighting the power of representation and belonging in the outdoors.

To learn more about the Club de Exploradores, visit Find Outdoors.

Paraiso Film, Cata Norena

El Club de Exploradores de FIND Outdoors es un programa de divulgación gratuito y bilingüe que invita a estudiantes de escuela intermedia de la comunidad Latinx/Hispana del condado de Transylvania y áreas circundantes a unirse a líderes latinos en actividades mensuales al aire libre en el Bosque Nacional Pisgah. Este programa surgió de la necesidad de abordar el desequilibrio en quiénes disfrutan y se benefician de vivir cerca de tierras públicas como el Bosque Nacional Pisgah. El programa creció de 12 participantes en su año piloto de 2022 a 21 en su segundo año destacando el poder de la representación y el sentido de pertenencia en la naturaleza. Manténgase informado y en contacto.

Paraiso Film, Cata Norena

Year of the Trail is led by the Great Trails State Coalition, a group of more than 80 organizations working to build more opportunities for hiking, biking, walking, running, paddling, and horseback riding across the state through increased awareness, legislative action, education, and engagement.

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