Parks in Focus Photos from 2012 & 2013 Flint Summer Community Initiatives to be Showcased at For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum

Aveonte 11
Photo by Aveonte (age 11)

FLINT, MI (November 4, 2013) – On Friday, November 8, For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum will begin exhibiting nature photographs taken by middle school youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint (BGCGF) who recently participated in Parks in Focus® — a program of the Udall Foundation that connects middle school youth to nature through photography.

Each summer since 2011, Parks in Focus® has partnered with University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint and the BGCGF to introduce Genesee County youth to local parks and natural areas. This year, they put digital cameras in the hands of 20 BGCGF members ages 10 to 13 and guided them on a series of fun and educational outings to Applewood Estate, Kearsley Park, Ligon Outdoor Center, Max Brandon Park, Genesee County Parks’ For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and Seven Lakes State Park. The photographs on display portray the adventures they had and the people, places, plants and animals they met along the way.

The display will kick off with a public reception at For-Mar’s Visitor Center from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, November 8. The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Parks in Focus® program and meet some of the young photographers. The photographs will be on display through the end of 2013. The visitor center (located at 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton) is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year’s Parks in Focus® activities were supported by University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint and the Udall Foundation. Additional program support was provided by Michigan State Parks, the DTE Energy Foundation and Lowepro.

For more information about upcoming photo exhibits at For-Mar, please contact Sarah Pinder at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint at 810-249-3452 or spinder@bgclubflint.org.

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