"Mountains to Main Street" ambassadors to bring National Park love to the inner cities

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Today, 30 urban ambassadors presented their final "Mountains to Main Street" projects on how they plan to engage their inner city communities with the outdoors and National Parks. The ambassadors, ages 18 to 25, are primarily from inner city neighborhoods across the country, ranging from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. They just completed a week-long workshop using iconic beauty of Grand Teton National Park and local outreach success stories to prepare them for their seven-week internship. The ambassadors will now use the lessons and training in the park to implement outreach projects in their home cities. "The ambassadors have been working all week to figure out how to use their National Parks as tools for community healing," said Megan Kohli, program manager for education and outreach for Grand Teton National Park. "All of them are really well connected in their communities and they are working on projects ranging from green and environmental work to working with families to do conflict resolution." The presentations by the ambassadors included after school programs focusing on nature, creative writing workshops in connection with the local National Park, camping initiatives and more. One ambassador is going to work with a strong fatherhood initiative and do a series of fishing activities in the local National Park. Here are some of the ambassadors with their presentations: [image: Inline image 1][image: Inline image 2][image: Inline image 5][image: Inline image 4][image: Inline image 6][image: Inline image 3] "All them are going back home and they have until May to implement their plan," Kohli added. Mountains to Main Street is a collaborative partnership between Groundwork USA, The Student Conservation Association, and Teton Science Schools. Feature Photo: A group of the urban ambassadors at the presentation today.