LHIP Partners

Environment for the Americas

Environment for the Americas (EFTA) is a non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado whose primary mission is to promote conservation across the Western Hemisphere. Effective conservation requires the engagement of diverse partners and people, and EFTA works to motivate broad participation in its own programs and in the field of natural resources.

In 2009, with research funding from the National Science Foundation, EFTA collaborated with national parks across the country to identify ways to increase participation by underserved audiences, particularly Latino. EFTA has used the results of its research to create Latino-focused internship opportunities, to raise visitation to parks and participation in nature-based programs by Latinos, and to develop materials that may be used to better inform Latino communities about the opportunities parks provide.

EFTA’s research and its model have informed many federal and non-governmental agencies and organizations, including the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Los Angeles Audubon, the city of Longmont, Colorado, and others. Becoming a host organization for the LHIP program was a natural expansion of EFTA’s work with Latino youth.


Hispanic Access Foundation

HAF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides programming and support to the Latino community across the U.S. We believe that cross-sector partnerships are essential to creating positive social change and engaging everyone’s strengths to contribute to American society. We focus on financial education, health, environment, college access and workforce development.

Our proven model helps our partners to provide high quality services and information while building strong relationships and brand awareness with the rapidly expanding Latino population. Partners often turn to HAF to customize their traditional outreach and engagement strategy to better reflect the needs and behavior of Latinos.

HAF partners with socially responsible companies, government agencies, and community and faith-based organizations committed to providing high-quality resources and services to the Latino community and engaging non-traditional stakeholders. Partners include the National Park Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hewlett Foundation, H&R Block, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Recreational Equipment Incorporated.