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October 22, 2023-  April 22, 2024

Denver, Colorado 


The Giving Tree: April 11

and 22, 2024 

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).

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Because advocates must come together

Program and details

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 April 11,-13, 2024 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. 


The Giving Tree: Advancing Equal Access to the Health, Climate, and Economic Benefits of Trees
October 22, 2023-April 22, 2024


10/22/23 1st Latino Ultra Nature Adventure (LUNA) FESTIVAL KICK OFF

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.

10/28 Community Tree Plantings (City of Aurora)

11/14 Community Tree Planting Workshop I

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

12/5 Community Tree Planting Workshop II

12/10 8th Xmas Tree Cutting Caravan. 

Families cut a tree, receive an Every Kid in The Park Pass, and learn about forest management, fire mitigation, and the health benefits of forest bathing


1/20/23 Forest Bathing Adventure Fest @ColoradoLaBella Public Lands & Parks

2/17 Forest Bathing Adventure Fest @ColoradoLaBella Public Lands & Parks

3/16 Forest Bathing Adventure Fest @ColoradoLaBella Public Lands & Parks

4/11 Tree Equity Summit

4/12 Tree Equity Workshop & Trainings

4/13 The Giving Tree Family Day: Artivist Exhibits & Workshops, Performances, Eco Shorts Forum, Green Exhibitors & Vendors Hall, Eco book fair, Storytelling 

4/20 Community Tree Plantings (City of Denver)

Thursday 4/11 @ CSU SPUR HYDRO • Confluence Theater            Tree Equity Summit & Workshop

w/ Award winning urbanist Gil Penalosa


Monday 4/22 @ MCA DENVER HOLIDAY THEATER                    2644 W 32nd Ave. Highlands

The Giving Tree Community Earth Day

Artivist Exhibits, Eco Shorts, Storytelling, Book Fair, Tiny Tots Inside The Orchestra.

Cuban Roots Master Workshop          


Festival Closure Concert (7:30 $25)

La Dame Blanche



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, 2023-April 22, 2024 

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. 

More Information:

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Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ)

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

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Américas por la Conservación y las Artes (AFC+A) presentó su festival anual (FELA) “Festival Ecológico de las Américas” celebrando su décimo aniversario y su capítulo II en la isla con una programación diversa de Charlas, Podcasts, Webinars, Conversatorios, Galerías Virtuales, Conciertos y mucho más. ¡Registro gratis!

FELA es un megáfono cultural de promoción verde que amplifica la conciencia ecológica a través de la ciencia y el arte ciudadano. Nuestros eventos promueven la interdependencia de la salud humana y la salud del entorno que nos sustenta.

Americas for Conservation and the Arts (AFC+A) presents its annual festival (FELA) "ecological Festival of the Americas" celebrating its tenth anniversary and its Chapter II on the island with a diverse programming of talks, Podcasts, Webinars, talks, virtual galleries, concerts and much more

FELA is a green promotion cultural megaphone that amplifies ecological awareness through citizen science and art. Our events promote the interdependence of human health and the health of the environment that sustains us.


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