Parks in Focus Kicks Off Third Summer Initiative in Flint, Michigan

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FLINT, MI (June 26, 2013) — Today, the Udall Foundation, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint (BGCGF) and University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint), launched their third annual summer Parks in Focus initiative to introduce 20 BGCGF youth to local parks through digital photography.

Through a series of day trips and overnight outings, participants in the Flint program will spend more than 100 hours outdoors over the next few weeks learning about nature, photography and recreating in local parks and natural areas within an hour of Flint.

The summer program kicks off with field trips to Applewood Estates, Kearsley Park, Max Brandon Park, Ligon Outdoor Center, For-Mar Nature Preserve, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and Seven Lakes State Park where participants will learn the fundamentals of digital photography, identify local flora and fauna, practice basic camping skills and receive instruction from skilled photographers from the University of Michigan-Flint and the Udall Foundation. The program culminates with a three-day camping trip to Bay City State Recreation Area and a visit to the University of Michigan-Flint where they will learn about pre-college programs and work to create digital stories of their summer adventures.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint are excited to take part in the Parks in Focus program again this year. It has been a very rewarding and educational experience for the Club members involved, and we are grateful to the Udall Foundation, University Outreach and our dedicated staff,” said Bob Nelson, executive director of the BGCGF. “Without this type of programming, our Club members would not get the opportunity to explore nature through the art of photography. These experiences are what make lifetime memories and help spark the imagination and drive to learn, grow and advance.”

The Flint Parks in Focus program is being supported by the University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint and the Udall Foundation. Additional program support is being provided by Michigan State Parks, the DTE Energy Foundation and Lowepro.

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