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Bay Area Teens Moonlight as Marine Photographers

This past weekend in San Francisco a group of 20 students from San Francisco’s Downtown High School and Stockton Collegiate International Secondary School in Stockton learned to use photography to document their journey from the Delta to the San Francisco Bay, learning about environmental issues related to the students’ water supply and the ocean, during a National Geographic Photo Camp. The project is a collaboration between National Geographic Mission ProgramsFull Circle FundRestore the Delta and America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project.

NGS Lead Instructor Kip Evans commented, “We spent four incredible days with these teens and I hope that we inspired them to use their cameras as a way to experience and see the world around them in a new way.”

Sylvia with NGS Photo Camp Kids

Photo: (c) Kip Evans / Mission Blue

Students also learned about the 3 core themes of HOP:  sustainable seafood, marine protected areas, and marine debris/plastics. All in all, the budding conservationists spent four days learning about various ecosystems in SF and the Delta, documenting their experiences, and sharing their discoveries with supporters.  Their work will also be part of the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project programming during the races in San Francisco this summer.

Feature photo: (c) Kip Evans / Mission Blue

Photo: (c) Kip Evans / Mission Blue

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