Since 2002, Green Spaces Alliance has introduced thousands of children to photography and the wonders of nature through the Picture Your World Youth Photography Project. Starting in September and ending in April, Green Spacesâ€™ program instructor, a professional photographer, and a naturalist lead monthly workshops that teach students the basics of photography and build their appreciation for the natural world. The workshops take place at beautiful outdoor sites throughout the San Antonio area, such as Government Canyon, Medina River Natural Area, Warbler Woods, and the Land Heritage Institute.
In May, the program culminates with a nature photography contest that awards cash prizes. Green Spaces exhibits the winning and honorable mention photographs and honors participating student at an annual photo exhibit and awards ceremony.
Picture Your World is open to all interested students age 8-18. The students meet on a SundayÂ afternoon once a month during the school year from 12:45 pm-4:30 p.m. See the sign-up form for exceptions to this rule. Parents are welcome to attend. Green Spaces provides digital cameras to students who wish to borrow one, or participants may bring their own cameras. Each workshop costs $10 for Green Spaces members’ children and $20 for the children of non-members, but this fee may be waived for students demonstrating financial need.
“Just wanted to again express my sincere thanks for Picture Your World. When the kids are out on the trails or in the meadow or even just around the Visitor Center looking for subjects, angles and objects they are ENGAGED. Curious, excited, attentiveâ€¦they are actually hunting for stuff EVERYwhere they go. Theyâ€™re looking around and discovering. THEY drive the adventure. As I see it, PYW is a natural wellspring for young peopleâ€™s energy and curiosity, and letâ€™s face itâ€¦itâ€™s pretty fun too!”Â Â Â Â Â
-John H. Koepke, Peace Officer/Interpreter/Volunteers, Government Canyon SNA
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