This week, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County (BGC), launched the first Parks in Focus program in Oklahoma to introduce 24 BGC youth to local parks through digital photography.
Through a series of day trips and weekend outings, the youth participants (ages 10 to 14) will spend more than 50 hours outdoors over the next couple weeks learning about nature and photography while recreating in local parks and natural areas within a couple hours of Oklahoma City.
The program began this week with trips to Route 66 Park and Martin Park Nature Center. The initiative will also include trips to the Myriad Gardens, Roman Nose State Park, Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge and camp-outs at the Boys & Girls Club as well as Great Plains State Park and Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.
“The Boys & Girls Club board and staff are very excited about the opportunities the Parks in Focus program will give our Club members,” said Jane Sutter, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. “It will not only inspire our youth to enjoy nature, but will teach them valuable skills in photography. We are so appreciative of this wonderful new partnership.
Parks in Focus: Oklahoma is being supported by the Udall Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. Additional program support is being provided by the Boy Scout New Horizons District Troop 523 and Oklahoma City Metro Camera Club.