Summer 2014: What’s Happening This Week (07/21/14)

Juan Carlos B. Age10 BGC-P SF Bay Yosemite 2014 - 09201 Photo By: Juan Carlos (age 10) from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

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

On Monday, we began our third of four Grand Canyon in Focus trips with nine youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. The youth invited to go on this trip were among the most involved and engaged participants from our year-round Tucson program.

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

In California, we are hosting our second five-day camping trip to Yosemite National Park with a group of youth from our newest partner, the Sequoia YMCA. Click here to read the media release.

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

We are in the final week of our Flint summer community program. This week, 11 middle school youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint are enjoying their first three-day camping trip to Bay City State Recreation Area. The participants are led by a team of staff from Parks in Focus® and University Outreach from the University of Michigan – Flint. In addition to practicing the photography tips and techniques they have learned over the past two weeks, the participants will have the opportunity to kayak, fish and meet with park rangers.

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.

In West Michigan, we’ll host an alumni outing for past participants from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County and TrueNorth Community Services to Calvin Ecosystem Preserve.

On Monday, we hosted our first pre-trip outing with youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County. Participants were introduced to their cameras as they explored Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge and Kickinghorse Waterfowl Production Area. The outing helped prepared participants for their upcoming five-day camping trip to Glacier National Park.

On Friday, we’ll wrap up summer activities with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Missoula County by hosting a photo slideshow for our 2014 participants, their families and peers.

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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