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Bike tour through Menomonee Valley kicks off Latino Conservation Week

MILWAUKEE – Saturday, July 14, Forest Service resource assistant Francisco Hernandez organized a historic bike tour with 5th graders from the United Community Center to kick-off Latino Conservation Week. The dozen students learned about transformation of the Menomonee Valley from a wild rice marsh used by Native Americans, to an industrial hub, to a national model of environmental stability. Latino Conservation Week is a nationwide initiative of the Hispanic Access Foundation aimed to support encouraging the Latino community to get outdoors.

Francisco joined the Forest Service’s Urban Connections team in May, through a partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation. As a resource assistant, he will work with Urban Connections program managers to reach out and engage Latino audiences with outdoor recreation and conservation messages.

Francisco is a Milwaukee native and a student at Marquette University studying History and Secondary Education. He previously worked with Urban Connections partners – the Urban Ecology Center and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center that inspired his love of the outdoors.

Latino Conservation Week runs through July 22nd, so make sure to check out events near you!


Francisco Hernandez and UCC students pose for a photo at the end of Three Bridges Park after completing their bike tour through the Menomonee Valley in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 12, 2018. Photo courtesy of Lainet Garcia, Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley.