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A six-day August trek to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula nurtured hands-on learning for 14 Newaygo County middle and high schoolers.

The students embraced nature, photography, the environment, conservation, and creative expression while being outdoors through Parks in Focus, a TrueNorth Community Services program.

They are sharing about their discoveries at a photo exhibit, slide show, and reception on Sunday, August 25,at 3 p.m. at the TrueNorth Service Center, 6308 S. Warner Avenue in Fremont. Admission is free to event, which is open to the public.

“We had four adult volunteers and worked with several rangers. We hiked to Chapel Rock; canoed Bear Lake out to Lake Superior; we did a pond study at Seney National Wildlife Refuge; and helped the rangers with a Leave No Trace volunteer project,” said Chelsea Clark, Mentoring Outreach Advocate for TrueNorth. “It was a wonderful experience.”

The Parks in Focus students took hundreds of photos during their adventures, and their best images will be shown at the exhibit.

Parks in Focus is offered through a partnership between TrueNorth’s TrueMentors program and The Udall Foundation’s Parks in Focus program. 

TrueMentors focuses on mentoring youth, pairing them with adult volunteers in community-based matches. TrueMentors also matches high school and middle school students with elementary and middle schoolers in site-based matches.

Parks in Focus is funded by a grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

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