Adelante Mujeres and Tualatin Riverkeepers recently amped up their eight-year relationship to win a $30,000 grant from Metro.

The Nature in Neighborhoods restoration and enhancement grant will support a Healthy Lifestyles summer camp for girls and ongoing activities between the two nonprofits — all in pursuit of educating diverse audiences about nature preservation.

Adelante Conservacion, the newest branch of the Forest Grove-based Adelante Mujeres, will reach more than 400 low-income Latino students, as well as adults and preschoolers, with interactive nature education provided by Tualitin Riverkeepers curriculum and volunteers.

Cecilia Giron of Adelante Conservacion said Tualatin Riverkeepers will lead field trips, class sessions and three days of instruction at La Esperanza farm with 80 girls July 22 to 26. Volunteers will teach hands-on nature awareness lessons that combine geography, biology and ecology.

Tualatin Riverkeepers and Adelante Mujeres first collaborated for what became an annual Rumba al Rio canoeing trip.

“These kind of partnerships give us the opportunity to serve more people,” Giron said. “This grant is a great way to enhance our relationship where our missions align.”

The Metro Council awarded almost $1.2 million in grants May 30 to support 13 local projects “to protect and improve natural resources.” More than six months of the friends’ dreaming culminated May 30 when Metro announced grant recipients.

“This is the first time we’ve merged their skill sets with our skill sets,” said Monica Smiley of Tualatin Riverkeepers. “It’s a transition from serving an under-served community to creating a shared vision together.”

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