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Secretary Jewell and Mayor Garcetti Announce Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership to Connect LA Youth to the Great Outdoors


March 10, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce Los Angeles has been selected as one of eight pilot cities under the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative to connect urban youth with the great outdoors. The announcement comes on the heels of President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request, which supports the Department's youth initiative to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors through increased investments in the Department’s youth programs.


  • “Creating opportunities for urban young people to get outdoors not only supports healthy lifestyles but it also helps spark a passion to be good stewards of nature that will last a lifetime,” said Secretary Jewell. Photo: DOI
    Jewell with students
  • Secretary Jewell and Mayor Garcetti joined students from Franklin High School for a tour through Los Angeles State Historic Park. Photo: DOI
    Secretary Jewell and Mayor Garcetti
  • On the tour, Secretary Jewell and Mayor Garcetti discussed the valuable partnership between the NPS and the FWS, and local organizations. Together, they create opportunities to help urban students and families connect with America’s federal, state and local public lands. Photo: DOI
    Secretary Jewell touring the area
  • “Los Angeles is a national leader at engaging urban youth in nature and we hope what is happening here can serve as a model for other cities across the country,” said Jewell. “The partnership we have formed will allow us to bring young people to the river and the river to young people.” Photo: DOI
    Secretary Jewell at the podium
  • Jewell with students
  • Secretary Jewell and Mayor Garcetti
  • Secretary Jewell touring the area
  • Secretary Jewell at the podium