YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (July 21, 2015) – Today, the Ansel Adams Gallery at Yosemite National Park will kick off its fourth annual display of nature photographs taken by middle school youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula and the Sequoia YMCA. The 21 featured artists were participants in the park’s 2014 Parks in Focus® programs.
Parks in Focus® is celebrating its sixth summer of Yosemite in Focus programs in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, the Sequoia YMCA, Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Gallery. Thanks to generous support from the Yosemite Conservancy, Parks in Focus® hosted two five-day camping trips in 2014 for 21 youth from East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City to visit, explore and photograph Yosemite for the first time.
Participants met with park rangers to learn about Leave No Trace principles, bear safety and Yosemite’s geology; received photography instruction from staff at the Ansel Adams Gallery; stargazed in El Capitan Meadow; played in Mirror Lake; helped remove invasive bull thistle from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias; photographed Half Dome at sunset; and hiked to the top of Sentinel Dome.
Inspired by the legacy of Ansel Adams, participants captured stunning images of gigantic sequoias, towering waterfalls, dozens of wildflowers and other wonders of Yosemite. They returned home to their friends and families with stories to tell and photos to share.
The photographs will be on display through August 2, 2015. The Ansel Adams Gallery, located in Yosemite’s Village Mall, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The photographs will travel to other venues within the park and will move to the San Francisco Bay Area later this year.
This exhibition was made possible by a generous grant from the Yosemite Conservancy. Additional support for Parks in Focus: Yosemite is being provided by Youth in Yosemite, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, the Sequoia YMCA, the National Park Service, the Ansel Adams Gallery, the Udall Foundation and Lowepro.
For more information about Parks in Focus® or the photo exhibit, please contact Bret Muter at firstname.lastname@example.org.