Stewart L. Udall Parks in Focus® Program

Foundation-Led Programs - Yosemite National Park, California


The Udall Foundation's Parks in Focus® program has been partnering with the National Park Service and other organizations since 2010 to provide opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area youth to visit, explore, and photograph Yosemite National Park for the first time.

Led by talented Parks in Focus® trip leaders, the annual program kicks off with local outings in the Bay Area and culminates in a four- or five-day camping trip to Yosemite. Throughout the trip, students meet with park rangers who help them discover the natural and cultural resources of the park, engage them in hands-on stewardship projects, and teach them about the importance of our national parks and public lands.

Students explore their creativity and develop their photography skills while hiking and taking in stunning views of Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point, Tuolumne Meadows, and other park sites. They compose incredible images that tell the stories of their adventures and showcase their unique perspectives on all of the things that inspire them along the way.

Photo highlights from our Yosemite program are featured annually at the Ansel Adams Gallery and have recently been exhibited at the Children’s Creativity Museum, the San Francisco International Airport Museum, and the Palo Alto Art Center.

Our annual Parks in Focus® program at Yosemite is made possible by Yosemite Conservancy.

Current Youth-Serving Organization Partners

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula
Real Options for City Kids

image See our Yosemite photo collection on Flickr here.

Please contact Parks in Focus® Program Manager Ernesto Somoza at or (520) 901-8566 for more information about the Parks in Focus® activities at Yosemite National Park.