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Defensores de la Cuenca (Watershed Defenders) is a Latino-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects Latin@s and Spanish-speakers to nature through shared experiences and opportunities to preserve and defend the Chesapeake Bay watershed for a healthier mind, body, and soul. We are building a network of Latin@/e leaders who are taking action to support Madre Tierra, our Mother Earth. We create family friendly events that are welcoming and inviting to ensure the Latin@/e participants have fun and make positive connections to nature. We share information about the many ways the environment impacts us and how we impact the environment.

Our Approach

Defensores's team of Latin@ leaders uses our community connections, cultural competency, native language, and lived experiences to engage a hard-to-reach audience. Our engagements take a step ladder approach, always cognizant of the barriers that keep many from the Latino community from participating. We create welcoming and inviting experiences in community for all and invite them to continue in our programs.

Environmental Justice
Access to Green Spaces
Investing in People and the Community

Our Impact


participants in our programs

3+ years

of connecting our communities


events per year


committee volunteers


new leaders every year

Support Our Work

By supporting Defensores de la Cuenca, you are empowering a community often underrepresented in environmental initiatives. Your support not only provides opportunities for Latin@s to experience the beauty of nature but also to foster a sense of environmental stewardship, leading to a more inclusive and sustainable future for all. Our work would not be possible without the support and encouragement from people like you.  

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