Parks in Focus kicks off fifth annual Yosemite program with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

The group poses in front of Half Dome at Glacier Point.
MENLO PARK (June 23, 2014) – The Udall Foundation will kick off its fifth annual summer Parks in Focus® program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP) this week, leading a group of 12 BGCP youth on a five-day photographic exploration of Yosemite National Park.

Each summer since 2010, middle school youth from the BGCP have participated in Parks in Focus®a program of the Udall Foundation that connects underserved youth to nature through photography, environmental education and outdoor recreation. Over the course of the program, participants are introduced to the natural and cultural history of Yosemite while learning basic photography techniques and participating in a wide range of educational and recreational activities.

“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with the Udall Foundation to provide BGCP kids with their first opportunity to explore Yosemite National Park”, said Peter Fortenbaugh, executive director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. Parks in Focus® provides opportunities our members would not have otherwise to experience the natural world and learn new skills that will last beyond the program.”

Thanks to a generous grant from the Yosemite Conservancy, the youth participants are given digital cameras to keep as an incentive to continue their photographic explorations of the environment. Photo highlights from their adventures will be displayed at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park and other venues.

This trip is made possible by a generous grant from the Yosemite Conservancy. Additional program support is being provided by Youth in Yosemite, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, the National Park Service, the Ansel Adams Gallery and Lowepro. A second Parks in Focus® program to Yosemite with youth from the YMCA of Silicon Valley is planned for later this summer.

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