“Everything is like a beautiful painting here.”
~ Teresa, age 14
A couple weeks ago, Parks in Focus kicked off its fourth summer of connecting middle school youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula to nature with the first (of two) five-day immersion trips to Yosemite National Park. From June 24-28, eleven youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula spent five days exploring and photographing giant sequoias, towering waterfalls, dozens of wildflowers, and scenic landscapes at one of our country’s first National Parks.
Highlights from our first Yosemite trip of 2013 included:
- Ranger-led programs on Leave No Trace principles, bears and Yosemite’s geology.
- A photography walk through Cook’s Meadow led by the Ansel Adams Gallery.
- Stargazing and night photography activities in El Capitan Meadow.
- Swimming and playing at Mirror Lake.
- Numerous wildlife sightings including lots of mule deer, three coyotes, Pacific treefrogs, a gartersnake, a Northern Pacific rattlesnake and a yellow-bellied marmot.
- Removing invasive bull thistle from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
- Photographing Half Dome from Glacier Point at sunset.
Our summer 2013 Yosemite programs were made possible through a generous grant from the Yosemite Conservancy with additional support from Youth in Yosemite, the Ansel Adams Gallery, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, the Udall Foundation and Lowepro.
The second trip is scheduled from July 15-19, 2013.