In a Land Far, Far Away: PIF Michigan Alums Explore Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale is the most beautiful place I have ever seen.  – Zia, PIFMI 2009

Parks in Focus celebrated its fifth year in Michigan by leading 9 program alumni from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 trips on a photographic adventure through one of the country’s most pristine national parks: Isle Royale. Mosquitoes, rain and leaky tents couldn’t dim the teenage participants’ enthusiasm for hiking, climbing, and canoeing to the breathtaking vistas as they honed their camera skills, explored the natural and cultural sites of the island, and created bonds with their leaders and each other that will last a life-time.

**Breaking News** The alumni trip to Isle Royale National Park was covered in the recent BBBS newsletter and on Big Rapids Radio!

Highlights include:

  • Canoeing and sunset photography in Tobin Harbor.
  • Searching for greenstones on the beach near the Rock Harbor Lighthouse.
  • Hiking to Lookout Louise and searching for moose scat and tracks.
  • Visiting the headquarters of the Isle Royale wolf–moose study.
  • Exploring Suzy’s Cave.
  • Interacting with Isle Royale’s park rangers, researchers, volunteers and fellow visitors.
  • Hosting a public photo slideshow at the Rock Harbor Auditorium.

Photographs taken by the teen participants are below. What talent! For more photos by the kids and of the kids visit our Flickr site.

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6 thoughts on “In a Land Far, Far Away: PIF Michigan Alums Explore Isle Royale National Park

    1. Hi Natali – are you talking about the images captured or the diversity of the group itself? We work with groups of youth from different parts of the country, and the groups reflect the communities from which they come. This particular group is from the Mecosta and Osceola Counties of Michigan. They do look different than the kids from Tucson.

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