GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK (June 25, 2014) – Grand Canyon National Park is hosting an exhibit in their headquarters building of nature photographs taken by middle school youth from Talent Search-TRiO at Northern Arizona University and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Flagstaff, Tempe, and Tucson. The 40 featured artists were participants in the park’s 2013 Grand Canyon in Focus programs.
Since 2009, Grand Canyon has partnered with the Udall Foundation’s Parks in Focus® program to introduce youth from Boys & Girls Clubs and other youth organizations throughout Arizona to the natural and cultural wonders of Grand Canyon through photography.
During each week-long Grand Canyon in Focus program, participants meet and engage with park rangers, professional artists, and photographers while sharpening their photography skills and exploring the park. They learn basic outdoor skills and Leave No Trace practices, go on challenging hikes, float down the Colorado River, learn about nature, our National Parks and careers in parks and conservation, and take thousands of photographs of their adventures.
Each program is led and facilitated by a team of enthusiastic and trained staff from Parks in Focus® and Grand Canyon. Park rangers provide on-the-ground interpretation, and Parks in Focus® staff teach photography lessons and lead games and other activities.
“The Udall Foundation’s partnership with Grand Canyon National Park has created opportunities for over 200 at-risk youth to visit one of our nation’s iconic natural wonders, said Philip Lemanski, executive director. “ We hope to use Grand Canyon in Focus as a model to expand Parks in Focus® to other National Parks.”
The photographs will be on display at the park headquarters building through July 17. The headquarters building, located across from Market Plaza, is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. To see a digital album of the exhibit, click here.