Parks in Focus: Inspire Youth Through Photography – 2019

Parks in Focus: Inspire Youth Through Photography – 2019

Provide underserved Bay Area middle school students with inspiring outdoor experiences through five-day Yosemite camping trips focused on photography and stewardship. Photo: Courtesy of Udall Foundation

The Parks in Focus program, which is celebrating its 10th year of Yosemite programming in 2019, helps middle school students from underserved communities discover public lands and learn about nature through photography.

For many kids, a Parks in Focus trip is their first time hiking, camping or visiting a national park. During five-day summer trips in Yosemite, participants meet with rangers and photographers, complete stewardship projects and explore their surroundings with digital cameras. This year, Parks in Focus will provide programming for students from three Bay Area youth organizations, showcase participants’ work in exhibits within and beyond the park, and train park staff and volunteers, so they can use the proven curriculum beyond the summer expeditions. 

Your support will help kids see the natural world through a new lens and fall in love with the outdoors.  

Partnering with Yosemite National Park, Udall Foundation and The Ansel Adams Gallery

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Project Notes
Parks in Focus encourages participants to use photography as a tool for environmental learning and as an outlet for creative expression.

Parks in Focus encourages participants to use photography as a tool for environmental learning and as an outlet for creative expression.

Bret Muter
Parks in Focus Program Manager
Udall Foundation