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Local Groups Now Have $1.8 Million to Help Get Kids Into the Outdoors. How Will They Spend It?

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Some of the representatives from organizations involved with the Montezuma Inspire Coalition.

Some studies estimate that children get only 4-7 minutes of unstructured play outdoors. But a group of 18 local organizations, called the Montezuma Inspire Coalition, recently received a 1.8 million dollar grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to try to increase that quantity. The grant is intended to support programs that encourage kids to get into the outdoors. To learn more about this grant, and how the group hopes to achieve its goals, KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with Jay Loschert of the Montezuma Land Conservancy, one of the organizations that has received the funding. Click below to listen.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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