Summer 2014: What’s Happening this Week (07/07/14)

Photo By: AJ (age 13), Boys & Girls Clubs of the Flathead Reservation & Lake County

After a quiet start to July, Parks in Focus® is back in action this week. Here is what’s happening around the country:

On Monday, we kicked off our second of two camping trips to northern Arizona with middle school youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. Participants are spending five days camping and exploring parks and public lands in and around Sedona and Flagstaff including Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki and Walnut Canyon National Monuments. They will also pick up some photography tips from professional landscape photographer Adam Schallau.

This trip is made possible by generous support from the Western National Parks Association.

Our summer activities with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula are wrapping up with a photography lab session, where participants will review and critique photos from their recent trip to Yosemite National Park. The session will conclude with a family & friends photo slideshow at the Boys & Girls Club.

We are also kicking off our summer activities with our new youth organization partner: the Sequoia YMCA. Their first pre-trip outing to Edgewood Preserve will help to prepare them for their upcoming trip to Yosemite.

Our summer activities in California are made possible by generous support from the Yosemite Conservancy.

On Monday, we kicked off our fourth summer community program in Flint in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint and University Outreach at the University of Michigan – Flint. Approximately 10 middle school youth from the Boys & Girls Club’s Averill Unit will explore local sites such as Bluebell Beach County Park, Stepping Stone Falls, For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum, Kearsley Park and Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. The week will conclude with a visit to the University of Michigan – Flint where participants will learn about pre-college programs and career opportunities in the arts and sciences, finishing up with a photo review and critique session.

Our Flint program is made possible by support from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program administered through the Greater Flint Arts Council and by the DTE Energy Foundation.

In Montana, we are hosting our second and final pre-trip outing with youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County in preparation for their five-day camping trip to Glacier National Park next week.

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.

Stay tuned for more photos, media releases and 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.

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