Phew! It’s been a whirl-wind ten months and the Parks in Focus team is trying, with some success, to catch our breath before we start all over again. In reality, we never actually stopped, though our summer immersion trips wrapped-up in August and the bulk of our 2011 programming did as well. We said goodbye to the terrific traveling team who was with us from June through August, and we’re back to a small but dedicated team of permanent, year-round staff that, until we are able to bring in additional funds, totals 2.5 people.
As we transition into the fall, and shift from our summer-focused programs to our year-round and extended programs, we thought it would be a good time for a quick recap, and an even better time for a reminder that Parks in Focus doesn’t end when the summer ends.
Below, in the January-August Review, you’ll find links to some of the posts from the summer that stood out.
In the coming weeks, expect big things from this recently slowed-down blog. We will be:
- featuring pieces written by our trip and program coordinators on relevant PIF topics;
- sharing video we weren’t able to finish editing until post-season;
- documenting the goings-on of the year-round Tucson Community Initiative, our only full-scale, year-round program at the moment, and keeping you aprised of alumni outings in Michigan;
- letting you know about additional pilot project we’re taking on in the East Bay of CA in October;
- and generally reminding you why Parks in Focus matters, how it impacts both youth participants and leaders alike, and what you can do to support us in continuing our mission.
JANUARY – AUGUST 2011 IN REVIEW
- Over 75,000 hours of outside time logged (collectively)
- Over 32,000 photos taken
- 70 youth involved in year-round programming in Tucson; 24 of those youth experienced week-long camping trips
- 45 youth participated in camping trips in California, Michigan, and Montana
- Arizona Program: Community Initiative, Immersion Trip 1, Immersion Trip 2, Grand Canyon in Focus
- California Program
- Michigan Program: Flint Pilot, Alumni Trip to Isle Royale, Immersion Trip to Pictured Rocks
- Montana Program
- Program Impacts