It’s Monday. And Mondays can be rough. To help beat your Monday morning blues, we thought some good news about a good deed was in order… because good deeds deserve a good blog post.
Starting today, the Stewart L. Udall Parks in Focus program will head north to the Grand Canyon for its Grand Canyon in Focus advanced immersion trip with 12 Tucson youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs. There, the kids will hone their photography skills with mentoring from professional photographers Adam Schallau and Mike Buchheit.
Pretty awesome if you ask us!
The students will spend 6 days getting a behind-the-scenes view of the park, park management, and park careers during Grand Canyon in Focus. They’ll be taught and guided by a team of trained Udall Foundation coordinators and Grand Canyon park rangers and supervised by staff from the Boys & Girls Clubs. Another cool perk? The group will also enjoy plenty of outdoor activities including, hiking, camping and rafting the Colorado River.
Parks in Focus connects underserved youth to nature through the art of photography. Grand Canyon in Focus was created through a Udall Foundation and Grand Canyon National Park partnership and piloted in 2009 to add an extended and advanced outdoor element to the classic Parks in Focus model.
The mission of the Stewart L. Udall Parks in Focus program is to connect underserved youth to nature through photography. For middle-school youth who rarely venture beyond their neighborhoods, Parks in Focus can open windows of story-telling and self-expression, it can spark a new interest in science and nature, and it can, ultimately, change lives. The Udall Foundation not only provides digital cameras to the young participants to use and keep, but also trains trip leaders to execute active, weeklong, learning-intensive outings that explore national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands.