Parks in Focus to Host Photo Exhibit Showcasing Nature Photographs Taken by Newaygo County Youth

Photo by: Drew (age 13)

FREMONT, MI (August 21, 2013) – On Monday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m., TrueNorth Community Services will host a public reception, photo exhibit and slideshow showcasing nature photographs taken by middle school youth from Newaygo County who recently participated in Parks in Focus® – a program of the Udall Foundation that connects middle school youth to nature through photography. The event will be held in the multipurpose room of the TrueNorth building at 6308 S. Warner Ave. in Fremont.

The event provides an opportunity to learn more about the Parks in Focus® program and to meet some of the young photographers from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County, Project FOCUS and other TrueNorth programs as they present some of their best photographs from their recent outdoor adventures, including:

• A set of two weeklong afterschool initiatives held this spring with 40 White Cloud Middle School students from TrueNorth’s Project FOCUS program. [Read more about it here.]

• An intensive summer immersion program for 10 youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County and other TrueNorth programs – which culminated in a six-day photographic exploration of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Seney National Wildlife Refuge. [Read more about it here.]

• Advanced summer activities for 12 past Parks in Focus® participants, including an alumni camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. [Read more about it here.]

This year’s Parks in Focus activities are being supported by a summer youth program grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program administered by LowellArts! Additional support is being provided by the DTE Energy Foundation, the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association and Lowepro.

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