Here is what Parks in Focus® is up to this week:
On Monday, we kicked off the first of four Grand Canyon in Focus trips with youth from Talent Search TRiO of Northern Arizona University. Grand Canyon in Focus is a six-day program where participants learn basic outdoor skills and Leave No Trace practices, go on challenging hikes, float down the Colorado River, meet with professional photographers and artists, learn about careers in parks and conservation, and take thousands of photographs of their adventures in Grand Canyon National Park.
Each Grand Canyon in Focus program is led and facilitated by a team of enthusiastic and trained staff from Parks in Focus® (meet our 2015 staff) and the Grand Canyon. Parks in Focus® staff lead activities, games and photography lessons from the Parks in Focus® curriculum, while park rangers provide on-the-ground interpretation. Trips are free to participants and are made possible by the Udall Foundation, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon Association, our youth organization partners, and generous donors.
A new photo exhibit in the headquarters building at Grand Canyon National Park features 40 photographs taken by 2014 Grand Canyon in Focus participants from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, Office of Diné Y.O.U.T.H., and Talent Search TRiO of Northern Arizona University.
On Saturday, we will lead the first of two pre-trip outings with youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. The group will visit Wunderlich County Park in Woodside, California, where they will practice basic photography concepts in preparation for their upcoming trip to Yosemite National Park.
Our 2015 activities in California are made possible by generous support from Yosemite Conservancy.
Youth from the Cole Community Impact Organization‘s Kid’s Club program will visit Myriad Botanical Gardens to explore and practice beginning photography techniques. We will also be leading the first of several summer outings with youth from Positive Tomorrows, a school that serves Oklahoma youth who are experiencing homelessness.
Stay tuned for more photos, media releases and other updates from all of our summer 2015 programs.