“We Are Nature” Community Engagement Program
The start to any successful partnership and relationship is communicating on a platform where both parties have a voice. People’s connection to nature crosses cultural, linguistic, and geographical barriers. Therefore, in order to start a conversation, the Service aims to use photography as a universal tool to cross those boundaries. Photovoice is a tool to engage communities and provide them with a platform where they have a voice, so we can better engage with people through an interactive way of listening to personal stories. Along with our partners we can work to give communities a voice, to listen and to change our practices to meet communities where they are at. The theme of this project was “We are nature” in that we are a part of nature and connect to it in diverse ways in urban areas and “My Wild” in how we take ownership of public lands and work to protect wildlife.