Place: Petroglyph National Monument
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Person interviewed: Cecilia Chavez Beltran, Leader, Excursions a la Naturaleza de Nuevo Mexico
How this place/site benefits you and your community: I lead nature walks for native Spanish speakers, we call them Spanish Language Outings. Due to fear of the unknown, society, political times, and their own personal fears, most of the participants have not walked in nature.
We have a la plática (sit around and chat) and together we develop short outings, discuss where to go, what to wear, what to bring and where to park the cars. The outings are free of charge and nearby, there are no expectations, we just go for a walk.
With support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund the Petroglyphs National Monument is protected and open for all people to explore. These public spaces in nature are important for everyone to experience, for the Spanish language outings participants, our conversations and experiences in nature opens up a little bit more of their perceptions of what is around them and what is possible. It’s why permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund is important.