Udall Foundation and Boys & Girls Club s Team Up!

November 3rd, 2011 | By admin No Comments

Since 1999, approximately 100 Tucson youth have participated in five-day photo safaris to some of our country’s most celebrated public lands through Parks in Focus.

The mission of Parks in Focus is to connect under resourced youth to nature through photography, yet during our action-packed excursions to awesome public lands, we’re able to do so much more. Parks in Focus combines tried-and-true photography and environmental education lessons with active, hands-on outdoor adventures guided by passionate and knowledgeable leaders who push personal boundaries and create community.

Due to a shared commitment to the kids we hope to reach, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson have built a successful and sustainable partnership. In 2011, we’d like to take that partnership to the next level by piloting a Community Development Initiative.

The effort will engage the Tucson community in bringing year-round environmental education to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, including classroom style lessons given by local naturalists; day trips to awesome Tucson sites like Sabino Canyon,

Saguaro National Park and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum; weekend camping trips to Mount Lemmon, Patagonia, and the Chiricahuas; family gatherings that engage parents and siblings; and ‘classic’ Parks in Focus trips to the Grand Canyon and the surrounding parks. The community will be connected through exhibits and other events.

Watch Tucson MOVE or visit www.udall.gov for more information.

Written by Ellen Wheeler, executive direction, Udall Foundation and Melissa Millage, senior program manager, Parks in Focus

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