The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association will host a free community workshop, “Youth Access to Recreation in Chaffee County,” from 6-7:30 p.m. April 17 in the Aspen Room of the Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St.

GARNA’s work with Chaffee County’s Great Outdoors Colorado Inspire Initiative highlighted inequalities in youth access to recreation activities in Chaffee County.

Many youth living in Chaffee County, and especially those in more rural locations, do not have the opportunity to participate in the outdoor activities that surround them, according to a press release.

GARNA sponsored Western Colorado University graduate student Brittany Massey to involve the community in identifying and addressing barriers youth face in getting outdoors.

One community meeting took place in Salida, and Massey is facilitating the second workshop in Buena Vista where participants can discuss and identify barriers youth face and develop next steps in taking action.

The meeting is handicap accessible and open to the public. If special assistance is required, call Massey a few days in advance so accommodations can be made. Massey can be reached at 970-975-0711 from 9 a.m.-5p.m. Monday-Friday.

To learn more about the program, visit

GARNA press release

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