06/22/15: What’s Happening This Week

Carla (age 12) from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
captured this shot at Flagstaff’s Marshall Lake
during last week’s Parks in Focus® trip to northern Arizona.

Here is what Parks in Focus® is up to this week:

On Monday, Parks in Focus® kicked off the second of four Grand Canyon in Focus trips with a group of 11 middle school youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. The youth selected to attend this trip participated in one of two trips to northern Arizona earlier this month, and were among the most engaged youth from our year-round initiative in Tucson.

On Saturday, we will lead the second of two pre-trip outings with youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. The group will visit Fioli Historic Site in Woodside, California, where they will practice some 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.

This week, Parks in Focus® will lead a three-day alumni camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with 10 of our past Michigan participants from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County and other youth programs from TrueNorth Community Services. The group will reconnect with fellow Parks in Focus® participants from past years, learn advanced photography concepts, and explore trails and scenic destinations along the Lakeshore.

Our 2015 activities with TrueNorth Community Services and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County are made possible by generous support from the Fremont Area Community Foundation and the Gerber Foundation.

Youth from the Cole Community Impact Organization‘s Hope Academy program will explore and photograph Myriad Botanical Gardens. We will also lead the first of several summer outings with Parks in Focus® alumni from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County.

Our 2015 activities in Oklahoma City are made possible by generous grants from the Kirkpatrick, Anschutz, Merrick and Cresap Family Foundations, as well as the OPUBCO Communications Group.

Stay tuned for more photos, media releases and other updates from all of our summer 2015 programs.

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