No Pues Wow! Latina Trail Crew Breaks Down Barriers to Stewardship

No, pues, wow.

For those who know me, you’ll recognize the sentence above as my go-to catchphrase. It’s a Spanglish phrase best used to communicate awe in a natural setting. I frequently mutter it after reaching a ridge-top view after a steep climb. But right now, after having spent a week wandering in the woods with the Latina Trail Crew, “no pues wow” feels like an appropriate statement.

Latina Trail Crew explore an unnamed lake at Mt. Rainier

So what happened? The Latina Trail Crew was launched in conjunction with Washington Trails Association and Latino Outdoors.  On July 23rd, nine young girls (ranging in age from 13 to 16) embarked on an epic adventure at Mt. Rainier. We were stationed out of the White River campground and spent our days building trails, exploring rivers and contemplating the future of equity in the outdoors. Most of the participants hailed from the South Park neighborhood of Seattle and were alumni of the esteemed Duwamish Youth Corps. They had spent several months learning about environmental justice and community healing and were eager to take the lessons learned in South Park to the wild lands of Mt. Rainier.

several participants had never experienced snow in the mountains – so naturally we went looking for snow. 


Over the course of four days of trail work and over 30 hours of volunteer maintenance, the nine girls learned about the parks natural history, careers in the park service, and their own place in world of public land conservation.  We also learned, first-hand, just how ruthless the bugs can be in the sub-alpine.

Gazing over majestic scenery or scratching a bug bite?



This work would not have been possible without the support of the Washington National Park Fund, who raised funds to provide students for each participant. We are also greatly indebted to the folks at Mt. Rainier National Park (including Ranger Orozco, Ranger Annie, and Ranger Montgomery) who welcomes the crew to the park and inspired several to consider careers in the Park Service.

Ranger Montgomery explains the importance of building an inclusive conservation legacy. 


Thanks to the support of REI, Outdoor Research and MSR, the adventure doesn’t stop here. Each of the girls received numerous outdoor gear (ranging from stoves to backpacks to Goretex rain jackets) to encourage further exploration. It is our hope that WTA and Latino Outdoors have merely planted a seed, a passion for the outdoors, that will be further cultivated in years to come.

Girls pose with trail bosses, Boston and Alex, after a hard day of building check-steps.

Ranger Orozco, current Latino Outdoors Washington Ambassador, joins the girls to chat careers in the Park Service. 


No, pues, wow. 

#VamosOutdoors in the South Bay con Jennifer Adams

Joining Jennifer, our LO Coordinator in the SF Bay Area South Bay, on a family nature hike you may not know the lineage and heritage she carries in her blood and with every step. But that becomes very clear once you have a conversation with her mom—and you learn about the strength and resiliency she carries, as well as the connection to nature and the outdoors at an early age.

Jennifer is a biology student—a major she chose to learn more about the natural world and share that passion with others. And it also connects with whyy she was interested in volunteering for Latino Outdoors:

 “I know so many people that don’t engage in outdoors activities because it’s not a focus in our culture. I am bilingual, and would love to get the chance to engage our youth and hope to inspire them to pursue a career helping our planet and enjoying nature.”

On a recent community hike with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, she reminded me of the first LO hike she joined—one I had set up with Santa Clara County Parks so she could see what we were trying to do with our “Familias Outdoors” idea with Latino Outdoors. Basically, “what does it look like to invite families that otherwise may not engage in outdoor activities due to a host of real or perceived barriers? And what happens when the barriers are tackled?”

This was back in September 27, 2015 and it was a powerful reminder of the work that our volunteers do not just in the San Francisco Bay Area, but throughout the state and in other parts of the country.

That day we were led by a Latino ranger, Fernando Elias, who was at times more excited than us to share what he did and where he worked. He was diligent, prepared, patient, and overall conveyed a sense of pride to be of service to la comunidad. As someone that had been peppering ideas throughout the Bay Area, I was hoping this would be one of several outings that could happen in the South Bay and Peninsula but I needed help—I needed a team that could make it happen for the long run. Into that idea and desire stepped in Jennifer that day, excited, observant, and eager to help.

Jennifer reminded me how that day we were powerfully impacted by families coming to visit a park that most of them had never visited before—in fact, it could be easy to get lost in getting there. But once there, the magic of nature and the experience of being outdoors led the rest of the way. The Santa Clara County Parks ranger shared “all the cool stuff” in a ranger vehicle and he brought out pelts for the kids to touch and wonder where they came from. Then we were off on a hike where he paused and shared information about the landscape as a naturalist. And it was there that a mother shared with us how impactful this outing was—that it had been quite some time since she and her kids had been out and simply enjoyed being together outside since the passing of her husband. That it was special to see her kids smile and play in this setting because they had been through a difficult time.

To be honest I had forgotten about that moment, but it came rushing back to me when Jennifer reminded me—and it reminded me of so many other similar moments with families on other Latino Outdoors outings. The power of nature, familia, y cultura coming together.  And here we were in 2017, sitting at a table at Pichetti preserve, with Jennifer’s family, with her mom sharing how special it was to be here with her daughter, and sharing her life story of what brought her to the us, and how she became a more resilient woman.

I could only sit there with pride—and again reminded of the power of nature, familia, and cultura coming together, and the leadership of Latino Outdoors volunteers helping to continue to drive this forward and making it happen.

Jose Gonzalez is the Founder and Executive Director of Latino Outdoors. He also doodles, thinks, and helps other organizations with diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the outdoors. 

LO February Survey Raffle Prize Rules

Latino Outdoors Prize basket Raffle

(Para Español sigua hasta abajo de la pagina.)

Latino Outdoors in partnership with University of Wyoming is launching a study to analysis the Mission Statement and Organizational Performance. An online survey link through email will be sent using a Latino Outdoors maintained email list-serve and will be shared via two Latino Outdoors social media accounts– Instagram and Facebook.  At the end of the online survey, participants will be asked if they would like to participate in follow-up phone interview. 5-10 participants will be selected randomly to participate in the phone interview.


Rules and Eligibility

All respondents who complete the survey are eligible and may chose to enter their name into a raffle for one Latino Outdoors prize basket, a max value of 30$. (May include water bottle, t-shirt, sticker, and/or REI gift card etc.)

No purchase necessary. This sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia (except residents of Rhode Island) who are at least age 18 (or the age of majority under applicable law). If you do not meet any of these requirements, or any other eligibility requirements in these official rules, you are not eligible to win a prize, and Latino Outdoors reserves the right not to award prizes to you. The Sweepstakes starts at February 6th, at 12:01 am MST and ends on February 19th at 11:59 pm MST. All entries must be received during the Sweepstakes Period to be eligible to win a prize.

How to Enter

All submissions must be entered at after survey has been completed. Limit one entry per person. Latino Outdoors Prize basket Raffle include: A prize with a max value of 30$. (May include water bottle, t-shirt, sticker, and/or REI gift card etc.) Latino Outdoors will provide funds for the prize basket.

Selection and Notification of Winner

Winner will be determined by a random drawing from all eligible entries, to be held at University of Wyoming. Need not be present to win. Winner will be notified by telephone or email message. To claim the prize, winner should follow the instructions contained in his or hers notification.

Odds of winning a prize depend on number of eligible entries received. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. All Prizes will be awarded. If a Prize is returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed within ten (10) days after delivery of notification, the Prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner selected by a second random drawing from all remaining eligible entries. All Prizes are awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).

General Release

By entering the Sweepstakes, you release Latino Outdoors and all Released Parties from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or

damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes or delivery, mis-delivery, acceptance, possession, or use of or inability to use any Prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.

Use of Winner’s Name, Likeness, etc.

Except where prohibited by law, entry into the Sweepstakes constitutes permission to use winner’s name, likeness, persona, hometown, and/or Prize information in all media now known or later devised throughout the universe in perpetuity for all purposes Latino Outdoors deems appropriate including, without limitation, for promotional and publicity purposes, without further permission or compensation. As a condition of being awarded any Prize, except where prohibited by law, winner may be required to execute a written consent, confirming Latino Outdoors right to use such winner’s name, likeness, persona, hometown, and/or Prize information without further permission or compensation.

Winner List; Rules Request. For a copy of the winner list or official rules send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope after February 6th, at 12:01 am MST and before February 19th at 11:59 pm MST. to 607 S 10th Street Laramie Wyoming 82070.


The Sweepstakes and these Official Rules will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the state of California, U.S.A. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Latino Outdoors, which are final and binding in all respects. Latino Outdoors reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel the Sweepstakes or any entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes beyond Latino Outdoors control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Sweepstakes, or Latino Outdoors otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the Sweepstakes as planned, in which event all Prizes will be awarded via a random drawing from among all eligible entries received prior to cancellation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Latino Outdoors reserves the right to amend, modify, or cancel the Sweepstakes at any time without notice. Entrants who violate these Official Rules; violate any law, rule, or regulation in connection with participation in the Sweepstakes; tamper with the operation of the Sweepstakes; or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Latino Outdoors , the Sweepstakes, or any other entrant (in each case as determined in Latino Outdoors sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the Sweepstakes. Any provision of these Official Rules deemed unenforceable will be enforced to the extent permissible, and the remainder of these Official Rules will remain in effect. If you have any questions about these Official Rules or the Sweepstakes, please e-mail them to

Sweepstakes Sponsor: Latino Outdoors



Rifa de Canasta de Premio de Latino Outdoors

Latino Outdoors en asociación con la Universidad de Wyoming está poniendo en marcha un estudio para el análisis de la Declaración de la Misión y de la organización. Un enlace de la encuesta en línea a través de correo electrónico será enviado a través de un correo electrónico y será compartida a través de dos medios sociales de Latino Outdoors — Instagram y Facebook. Al final de la encuesta en línea, se les pedirá a los participantes si les gustaría participar en la entrevista telefónica de seguimiento. 5-10 participantes serán seleccionados al azar para participar en la entrevista telefónica.


Normas y criterios de elegibilidad

Todos los encuestados que completen la encuesta son elegibles y pueden optar por ingresar su nombre en un sorteo de una cesta de premios de Latino Outdoors, un valor máximo de 30 $. (Puede incluir una botella de agua, una camiseta, etiqueta engomada, y / o tarjeta de regalo REI etc.)

No es necesario comprar. Este sorteo está abierto a residentes legales de los cincuenta (50) Estados Unidos y el Distrito de Columbia (excepto los residentes de Rhode Island) que tengan al menos 18 años de edad (o la mayoría de edad bajo la ley aplicable). Si usted no cumple con cualquiera de estos requisitos, o cualquier otro requisito de elegibilidad en estas reglas oficiales, usted no es elegible para ganar un premio, y Latino Outdoors se reserva el derecho de no otorgar premios a usted. El Sorteo comienza el 6 de febrero a las 12:01 am MST y termina el 19 de febrero a las 11:59 pm MST. Todas las participaciones deben ser recibidas durante el período del sorteo para ser elegible para ganar un premio.

Cómo participar

Todas las observaciones se debe introducir en tras encuesta se ha completado. Límite de una participación por persona. La canasta de rifa incluyen: Un premio con un valor máximo de 30 $. (Puede incluir una botella de agua, una camiseta, etiqueta engomada, y / o REI tarjeta de regalo, etc.) Latino Outdoors proporcionará fondos para la cesta premio.

Selección y Notificación del ganador

El ganador será determinado por un sorteo al azar entre todas las participaciones elegibles, que tendrá lugar en la Universidad de Wyoming. No es necesario estar presente para ganar. El ganador será notificado por teléfono o mensaje de correo electrónico. Para reclamar el premio, el ganador deberá seguir las instrucciones contenidas en él o de ella notificación.

Las probabilidades de ganar un premio dependen del número de inscripciones elegibles recibidas. Todos los impuestos federales, estatales y locales RELACIONADOS CON LA RECEPCIÓN O EL USO DE LOS PREMIOS SON RESPONSABILIDAD EXCLUSIVA DEL GANADOR. Todos los premios serán entregados. Si el premio es devuelto como imposible de entregar o de otra manera que no sea reclamado dentro de los diez (10) días después de la entrega de la notificación, el premio será descalificado y se otorgará a un ganador alternativo seleccionado por un segundo sorteo al azar entre todas las participaciones elegibles restantes. Todos los premios se entregan “tal cual” y sin garantía de ningún tipo, expresa o implícita (incluyendo, sin limitación, cualquier garantía de comerciabilidad o aptitud para un propósito en particular).

Liberación General

Al participar en el sorteo, esto  libera a Latino Outdoors y todas las Partes liberadas de toda responsabilidad y renuncia a cualquier y todas las causas de acción, por cualquier reclamo, costos, lesiones, pérdidas o

daños de cualquier tipo que surja de o en conexión con el concurso o la entrega, entrega equivocada, la aceptación, posesión o uso o imposibilidad de uso de cualquier premio (incluyendo, sin limitación, reclamos, costos, lesiones, pérdidas y daños relacionados con lesiones personales, muerte, daño o destrucción de propiedad, derechos de publicidad o privacidad, difamación o representación en una luz falsa, ya sea intencional o no intencional), ya sea bajo teoría de contrato, agravio (incluyendo negligencia), garantía o cualquier otra teoría.

El uso de del ganador nombre, imagen, etc.

Excepto donde esté prohibido por la ley, la entrada en el Sorteo constituye el permiso para usar el nombre del ganador, semejanza, personalidad, ciudad natal, y / o información del premio en todos los medios conocidos o posterior ideados por todo el universo a perpetuidad a todos los efectos Latino Outdoors estime apropiadas, incluyendo, sin limitación, con fines de promoción y publicidad, sin el permiso adicional o compensación. Como condición para recibir cualquier premio, excepto donde esté prohibido por la ley, el ganador puede ser requerido para ejecutar un consentimiento por escrito, confirmando Latino Outdoors derecho de uso de dicho ganador nombre, imagen, persona, ciudad natal, y / o información Premio sin el permiso adicional o compensación.

Lista de ganadores; Reglas petición. Para obtener una copia de la lista de ganador o normas oficiales envíe un sobre sellado, con su dirección, de tamaño comercial después del 6 de febrero a las 12:01 am MST y antes de febrero 19 a las 23:59 MST. a 607 S 10th Street Laramie Wyoming 82070.


El Concurso y estas Reglas oficiales se regirán e interpretarán conforme a las leyes del estado de California, USA. Participantes se comprometen a cumplir con estas Reglas Oficiales y las decisiones de Latino Outdoors, que son definitivas y vinculantes en todos los aspectos. Latino Outdoors se reserva el derecho de modificar estas Reglas Oficiales en cualquier momento, a su sola discreción, y de suspender o cancelar el concurso o la participación de cualquier participante en el Sorteo deben virus, bugs, intervención humana no autorizada u otras causas más allá del control de  Latino Outdoors afecta a la administración, la seguridad o la manera correcta del sorteo, o Latino Outdoors de lo contrario se convierte en (tal como se determina a su sola discreción) incapaz de ejecutar el sorteo como estaba previsto, en cuyo caso se otorgarán todos los premios a través de un sorteo al azar entre todas las inscripciones elegibles entradas recibidas antes de la cancelación. No obstante lo anterior, Latino Outdoors se reserva el derecho de enmendar, modificar o cancelar el sorteo en cualquier momento sin previo aviso. Los participantes que no cumplan estas Reglas Oficiales; violar cualquier ley, norma o reglamento en relación con la participación en el sorteo; alterar el funcionamiento del Sorteo; o participar en cualquier conducta que es perjudicial o injusta para Latino Outdoors el Sorteo, o cualquier otro participante (en cada caso, según se determina en Latino Outdoors sola discreción) están sujetos a la descalificación de entrada en el Sorteo. Cualquier disposición de estas Reglas Oficiales considera inaplicable se hará cumplir en la medida permitida, y el resto de estas Reglas Oficiales se mantendrá vigente. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre estas Reglas Oficiales o en el Sorteo, envíe un correo electrónico a

Sorteo Patrocinador: Latino Outdoors