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Nov.30 - Dec 1, 2023

Denver, Colorado 

The Giving Tree:

Advancing Equal Access to the Health, Climate and Economic Benefits of Trees


The Americas Latino Eco Festival is the nation's premier meetup of Latino American environmental minds, and a home for artists, scientists, advocates, public policy leaders, and leadership at large from across the Americas, committed to advancing a healthy environment through arts, education, and engagement of culturally diverse populations. Now in its 13th edition, ALEF continues to elevate the voices of communities of color and women in conservation by fostering intersectional collaboration to better tackle environmental justice challenges, leveraging arte y cultura to advance shared values. 

ALEF is an initiative of Americas for Conservation + the Arts (AFC+A) and is co-presented with CREAResults in partnership with the City of Denver & Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).

Because advocates must come together

Program and details
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On our AFC+A's 15th anniversary we will host the 13th edition of  ALEF, The Giving Tree: Advancing Equal Access to the Health, Climate, and Economic Benefits of Trees". The gathering will kick off on October 22nd with our 1st LUNA (Latino Ultra Nature Adventure) followed by four weeks of community tree planting workshops and tree plantings culminating with the Tree Equity Summit and Family Day 11/30-12/2 at the Stockyards Event Center and closing with our signature annual Xmas Tree Cutting on 12/10. 

This year's theme is anchored in our five year partnership with the City of Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability & Resilience (CASR) and their Community Tree Planting Initiative as well as on our Investing in America recently awarded IRA funding for Urban Tree Canopy efforts . For the next five years AFC+A will be planting trees in private households, businesses, and schools with the goal to increase the tree canopy in neighborhoods which are suffering from tree inequity and where communities are facing a disproportionate burden of heat island effect. 




10/22 1st Latino Ultra Nature Adventure (LUNA) A culturally relevant and equity driven new kind of Ultra powering the physical and mental health that comes from the mix of athletics, nature, and forest bathing. LUNA promotes human-nature connections and self realization through running and ultra hiking for communities historically excluded from outdoor recreation spaces. FESTIVAL KICK OFF

10/25-11/29 Community Tree Planting Workshops & Tree Plantings

11/30 Tree Equity Summit

 Tree Equity Workshop & Trainings

12/02  Forest Bathing Fest @ColoradoLaBella Public Lands & Parks

12/03 The Giving Tree Family Day: Artivist Exhibits & Workshops, Performances, Eco shorts forum,Films, Green Exhibitors & Vendors Hall, Eco book fair, Storytelling 

12/10 8th Xmas Tree Cutting Caravan with USFS. Families cut a free tree and receive an Every Kid in The Park Pass (4th graders), learn about forest management, fire mitigation, and the health benefits of forest bathing FESTIVAL CLOSURE



What:         13th Americas Latino Eco Festival

Theme:      The Giving Tree: Advancing Equal Access to the Health, Climate, and Economic Benefits of Trees

Why: Urban tree equity efforts serve a crucial role in promoting healthier communities, mitigating climate, and creating economic opportunities.       

Goal:          By focusing on tree equity and the impact on marginalized communities, ALEF aims to foster collaboration, raise awareness, and inspire action.

When:        October 22-December 10, 2023 

Where:       Stockyards Event Center, Denver & Public Lands of Boulder County Open Space, US Forest Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Who:          3k+ Audience (90% regional 10% national & intl); 50 Summit Participants (50% regional, 30% national & 20% intl); 100+ artivists        

Sponsors:  City of Denver, the National Western Center, The Arbor Day Foundation, Great Outdoors Colorado, Denver Arts & Venues, CHF among others. 

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Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ)

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

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