Many national parks now require entry fees to be paid via credit or debit card. With access to nature—a costly affair—already a challenge for Latinos, cashless access to national parks represents still another barrier for ubanked Latinos to enjoy the great outdoors. In response to this, Friends of the Inyo is hosting a FREE bilingual outreach event called “Naturaleza, Conectividad y Crédito” (“Nature, Connectivity and Credit”) in Bishop on July 15, as part of Latino Conservation Week. In partnership with AltaOne Federal Credit Union, Naturaleza, Conectividad y Crédito aims to help local Latinos and others apply for credit to facilitate access to national parks and other opportunities to which credit can open the door.
Other event partners include the U.S. National Park Service, Cerro Coso Community College, Whitebark Institute, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development (FIELD), Mammoth Recycling/Bishop Waste, the Bureau of Land Management, and we welcome other organizations that might want to participate.
The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on the parking lot of AltaOne Federal Credit Union, 462 N. Main Street. It is FREE and open to the public, Latino or not: We want everyone who is unbanked to come and apply for credit with AltaOne!
The event also aims to educate Eastern Sierra Nevada Latinos about how to navigate national park websites for making camping reservations, checking weather and road conditions, etc.; how to recreate responsibly in nature, practicing The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace (www.lnt.org); how to strengthen their homes against wildfire; how to recycle trash properly; how to register for classes at Cerro Coso College; how to apply for available local jobs; and more. There will be food, music, opportunity drawings, and lots of networking designed to help Latinos and other underrepresented communities learn how to better enjoy nature and be better stewards of our scenic lands.
Location: 462 N. Main St., Bishop, CA 93514
Questions? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Exhibitors welcome. We will accept solicitor applications at this same email address through July 7.