Summer is in full swing for Parks in Focus®. Here is what’s happening around the country this week:
Yesterday, we kicked off our first of two camping trips to northern Arizona with 11 middle school youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. Participants will spend five days camping and exploring a number of parks and public lands in and around Sedona and Flagstaff including Tuzigoot, Sunset Crater Volcano and Walnut Canyon National Monuments as well as Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Crescent Moon Ranch.
This trip is made possible by generous support from the Western National Parks Association.
We are hosting the first of two five-day camping trips to Yosemite National Park with 12 youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. Participants will meet with park rangers, learn from professional photographers at the Ansel Adams Gallery, help remove invasive bull thistle from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and attend some of Yosemite’s 150th anniversary celebration events taking place during our visit. Click here to read the media release.
This trip is made possible by generous support from the Yosemite Conservancy.
In Michigan, we’re hosting a three-day camping trip to Muskegon State Park for approximately 10 Parks in Focus® alumni from Big Brother Big Sisters of Newaygo County. Participants will venture on several challenge hikes and practice new photography lessons as they explore the Lake Michigan shoreline and other natural features of the park.
We’re kicking off our activities in Montana with our first pre-trip outing of the year for 12 youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County: a visit to Lee Metcalf WIldlife Refuge. Participants will be introduced to Parks in Focus® and learn how to use their cameras as they prepare for the forthcoming trip to Glacier National Park.
Our summer program in Montana is made possible by generous support from the National Park Foundation’s America’s Best Idea Grant, an Every Day Events Grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation and the Glacier National Park Conservancy.
Finally, we’re hosting our last Oklahoma alumni outing of the summer with a group from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County this Friday. The group will paddle and explore Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma City.
Stay tuned for more photos, media releases and other updates from all of our summer 2014 programs.
Parks in Focus® is made possible through grants and donations.To help us continue to provide opportunities for underserved youth to connect with nature through photography, click here.