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Each participating Ambassador will receive a stipend of $500 as well as transportation to Summit Seeker events, food, lodging, and use of outdoor equipment/gear as needed. In return, Ambassadors are expected to fully participate in all of the following three Summit Seekers events and to provide meaningful feedback to partners about the program and Ambassadors’ experience of the barriers, incentives, and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Saturday, July 15: Inaugural event gathers the ambassadors at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez (East Bay). Focusing on the life of conservationist John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, the property offers opportunities to explore issues of privilege and exclusion/inclusion in America’s early conservation movement and the nation’s Latino heritage. Based on Latino Outdoors’ training program, a full day of activities will feature Project introduction and icebreakers; A tour of the John Muir House and/or Martinez Adobe; A hike on Mt. Wanda, during which participants learn the essentials of leading a safe outdoor experience that can accommodate novices and experts alike. Topics will include trail safety, beginner naturalist skills, Leave No Trace, basic equipment and provisions, and connecting skills youth have around stewardship to community engagement in an ambassador role.
Saturday, July 22: A full-day celebratory event will take place at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). This event will welcome 80-100 members of the greater community. Each core participant from the inaugural event will be responsible for working with project partners to invite members of his or her community – family, neighbors, friends, colleagues.
Saturday, Sept. 16th: Final Celebration/Wrap-Up at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond will begin with a Ranger tour, after which leadership participants will take part in a summative discussion and commitment for next steps, and final evaluation considerations. A festive outdoor picnic will wind up the day’s activities.