Summer 2014: What’s Happening This Week (07/28/14)

2014 Photo By: Valentin (age 14) from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley

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

On Tuesday, we began our fourth and final Grand Canyon in Focus trip of the summer with a group of youth from our newest partner organization in Arizona: the Office of Dine Youth.

Our 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.

This Thursday we are kicking off a photo display at For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum to showcase photo highlights taken by youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint who participated in our summer 2014 Flint community program in partnership with University Outreach from the University of Michigan – Flint. The photos will be on display through the rest of the summer.

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 led our first pre-trip outing with a group of new participants from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County. The participants met for the first time and practiced their photography skills at Coolbough Natural Area in Newaygo County. The outing helped prepare participants for their upcoming six-day camping trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Our summer Parks in Focus® activities in Newaygo County are made possible by the Fremont Area Community Foundation and the DTE Energy Foundation.

On Monday, we hosted our second pre-trip outing with youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County. Participants learned about perspective as they explored the National Bison Range. The outing helped prepare participants for next week’s five-day camping trip to Glacier National Park.

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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