Parks in Focus provides opportunities for underserved middle-school youth from the San Francisco Bay Area to learn about nature through photography. For many, this might be their first visit to Yosemite, their first hike, their first campsite and their first photography lesson. By introducing students to nature through a camera lens, the program inspires them to be healthy-lifestyle role models for their communities.

In 2014, students from Boys & Girls Clubs and a YMCA participated in five-day summer immersion trips to Yosemite, as well as year-round field trips and programs focused on science, nature and outdoor activities. Their experience culminated in a photography exhibit at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley.

Your support helped provide these students with a once-in-a-lifetime wilderness experience, one that will give them the confidence and motivation to make the outdoors part of their lives for years to come.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park, the 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.