Photo By Rosa (age 12)
OKLAHOMA CITY (March 17, 2014) – This week, the Udall Foundation, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County (BGC), will launch its third Parks in Focus® initiative in Oklahoma City to introduce 20 BGC youth to local parks through digital photography, environmental education and outdoor recreation.
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 several weeks learning about nature and photography while exploring local parks and natural areas in and around Oklahoma City.
The spring initiative kicks off with afternoon and weekend field trips to Arcadia Lake, Bluff Creek Park, Martin Park, Roman Nose State Park and Myriad Gardens, where participants will learn fundamentals of digital photography, identify local flora and fauna, practice basic camping skills and receive instruction from skilled photographers. The program will culminate with a weekend camping trip to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
“The Parks in Focus® experiences for Boys & Girls Club members have been amazing, and we look forward to providing similar opportunities for more of our members this spring,” said Jane Sutter, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. “Allowing our youth to experience nature through the lens of a camera was truly a transformational experience, and the wonderful photographs they took are visual reminders of their unleashed creativity.”
The Udall Foundation is working to establish a year-round Parks in Focus® program in Oklahoma City similar to its flagship program in Tucson, Ariz.
“We are very encouraged by the strong response from the community here, and we’re looking forward to working further with the community to expand Parks in Focus® in Oklahoma,” said Philip Lemanski, the Udall Foundation’s executive director.
The Parks in Focus® program in Oklahoma City is made possible by generous grants from the Inasmuch Foundation, the Anschutz Foundation and OPUBCO Communications Group. Additional support is being provided by Backwoods and Lowepro.