Parks in Focus: Youth Photography Program

This program helps connect middle school students to nature through photography. Kids experience not only their first hike, but also their first visit to Yosemite, first campsite, and first photography lesson–culminating in their own photography exhibit at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite.

It connected over 1,000 underserved youth from the Peninsula to Yosemite through a digital photography program built around a five day immersion trip.

Students prepare for their trip by learning hands-on camping (Leave No Trace) and photography skills in local areas. Then while in Yosemite they kayak, climb and learn about ecology, geology and human impact.

Thanks to your support these kids have a truly a ‘once-in-a-life-time’ experience, giving them a new passion and confidence to make the outdoors a part of their lives.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park, Udall Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, and Ansel Adams Gallery.

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Project Notes

It helps youth connect to nature. It’s beautiful, and my experience was awesome. It felt so good to be here.

Miguel Moreno
Parks in Focus participant