Nature Photography Captures Youth
During a very hot and humid week in July, ten teens participated in Parker River National Wildlife Refuge’s first ever Nature Photography Camp. The eager young adults joined instructor and Visitor Service Manager Matt Poole for a hands-on introduction to nature photography and image editing. Camp participants divided their time between a series of outdoor "photo safaris" and image editing practice sessions.
The campers' photography opportunities included time spent on the refuge, a session with live hawks and owls, a visit to a butterfly house, and excursions to several other outdoor locations. At weeks end each camper has completed a portfolio of their fifteen favorite images. One image from each portfolio will be printed, matted, and framed for a new exhibit at the Refuge's visitor center.
Additional photography-related programming is planned for the Refuge's visitor services program offerings, including a new nature photography contest and photography-themed celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week.