From houseplants to crops grown for food and the native vegetation now turning Northwest Wyoming technicolor, plants are everywhere! For this week’s Open Space Adventure, add to your kiddo’s nature journal and head out to R Park, Karns Meadow, or another JHLT-protected public access property to explore the world of flora.
To kick off your Open Space Adventure, download this fun coloring activity to add to your nature journal, available in Spanish and English, to learn about the different parts of plants. Then, visit the BLM website to learn more about native plants in Wyoming. If you spot any of these native plants when you’re outside, draw them in your nature journal!
Photo: David Stubbs
Those of us who call America home are quite literally connected by one common thread- land. In order to do our work to protect land and uphold our values, our culture must be one of inclusivity and we must work to protect all people with whom we share this common thread. Today we raise our voice both in opposition to systemic racism and oppression and in solidarity with the Black community and all People of Color. We recognize that while words of acknowledgment are important, what truly matters are the actions we take moving forward that will substantiate these words and create change.
This week our feed and our emails have been intentionally silent in order to provide space for the messages from people and institutions of color that are important to this movement, messages that at their core reflect the values that this organization strives to uphold – commitment, integrity, collaboration, partnerships, community, sustainability, and RESPECT. Our regular Thursday programming will be canceled today and in its place, as our first course of action in listening and learning, we will be sharing a list of resources that amplify diverse voices in conservation from people who have done incredible work to defend our future. It is now our turn to help defend theirs.
Resources to Amplify Diverse Voices in Conversation:
Diverse Voices to Celebrate and Follow:
Social Media Accounts:
Books for Children (compiled by Brittany Smith, an inclusive pre-kindergarten teacher):
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock by Aslan Tudor and Kelly Tudor
My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope by Diane Guerrero and Erica Moroz
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
The Boy and the Wall by Amahl Bishara
The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy by Maria Dismondy
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett
Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
The Jackson Hole Land Trust is a private nonprofit that was established in 1980. We work to protect and steward the treasured landscapes of Northwest Wyoming.
Our vision is a legacy of protected open spaces, wildlife habitat, working lands, and community spaces across Northwest Wyoming that inspire current and future generations.