Parks in Focus provides opportunities for underserved middle-school youth from the San Francisco Bay Area to learn about nature through photography. For many youth, this might be their first visit to Yosemite, their first hike, their first campsite and their first photography lesson. This experience culminates in a photography exhibit at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley.

In 2013, the program was expanded to accommodate more youth. In addition to a five-day summer immersion trip to Yosemite, students also participated in year-round programs focused on science, nature and outdoor activities. By introducing kids to nature through a camera lens, more youth are inspired to be healthy-lifestyle role models for their communities.

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

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

Miguel Moreno

Parks in Focus participant

Project Notes

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