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

Aveonte 11Photo By: Aveonte (age 11) from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint in 2013

Here is what’s happening around the country with Parks in Focus® this week:

ARIZONA
On Monday, we begin our second of four Grand Canyon in Focus trips with a group of North Tempe youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley. Participants will spend six days learning about the natural and cultural resources of Grand Canyon National Park.

This is also the final week to check out our Grand Canyon in Focus exhibit at the park headquarters building. Click here to read the media release.

The Grand Canyon in Focus program is made possible by the Udall FoundationGrand Canyon National ParkGrand Canyon Association, our youth organization partners and generous donors.

CALIFORNIA
In California, we are hosting our second pre-trip outing for youth from the Sequoia YMCA to Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will learn basic photography concepts and techniques and practice their outdoor skills to prepare for their upcoming five-day camping trip to Yosemite National Park.

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

MICHIGAN
In Michigan, we are in the second week of our Flint summer community program. Ten middle school youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint’s Haskell Unit will visit and explore local sites such as Bluebell Beach County ParkStepping Stone FallsFor-Mar Nature Preserve & ArboretumKearsley Park and Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. Their week of outings will conclude with a visit to the University of Michigan – Flint, facilitated by UM-Flint’s University Outreach staff, where participants will learn about pre-college programs and career opportunities in the arts and sciences.

Our Parks in Focus® activities in Flint are 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.

MONTANA
On Monday, we kicked off our first of two five-day camping trips to Glacier National Park with 12 youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County. The trip is being led by a team of staff from Parks in Focus® and the Glacier Institute. Click here to read the media release.

Our summer Glacier in Focus program 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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