Parks in Focus students experience the outdoors

Parks in Focus is an outdoor-based group-mentoring program, utilizing curriculum provided by the Udall Foundation. Run by our TrueMentors division, the purpose of Parks in Focus is to connect youth to nature through photography. Outings of various lengths take youth to Michigan State Parks, Public Lands and National Parks.

Parks in Focus recently wrapped up their summer 2022 Immersion Trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Eleven youth enjoyed five days of photography, hiking, exploring and adventure! The group visited the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Beaver Basin, Sable Point, Miner’s Castle, a Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore sunset cruise, and much more.

“Parks in Focus provides Newaygo County youth with new experiences such as camping, hiking, and photography,” said Danielle Siegel, our Youth Programs Director. “Connecting youth to the outdoors is more important than ever and the memories they make will last a lifetime.”  

reception for students and their families (which is open to the community), showcasing the students’ photos is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20th at 5:30 PM, at the TrueNorth Service Center in Fremont. The photos will also be on public display here on Wednesday, Sept. 21st during our normal business hours.