The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) program has reported that it is less likely for children of minorities and families living in poverty to experience and engage in the great outdoors through activities such as hiking, biking, camping, learning about plants and wildlife, growing plants in a school garden, fishing, and visiting or working on a working farm or ranch. The GOCO Inspire Initiative is intended to get all children, particularly those with limited resources, to experience and learn about their natural environment, with the added benefit of inspiring Coloradans to get outside and take care of themselves and the world around them.

Matrix planners and recreation experts worked closely with the City of Pueblo and other project partners to create the GO Pueblo project; a healthy-community planning effort that engaged younger residents and their families with fun and results-oriented techniques to develop a common vision and identify projects, programs, and activities that bring outdoor education and recreational activities to children and families in targeted neighborhoods. The plan also provides the groundwork to secure additional funding needed to realize the community’s vision of becoming a Pilot Community for the GOCO Inspire Initiative.

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