No two people experience nature the same way. Different people notice different parts of the landscape – the blossoming flower, the hiding salamander, the changing light on fern fronds.
As part of a partnership between Metro and ROSE Community Development, a nonprofit that works to revitalize outer southeast Portland, a dozen youths ages 10 to 16 visited seven Metro destinations to learn about nature photography. The photographs here were taken by program participants from fall 2016 to summer 2017. Look through the lens of these students to see their view of nature.
Through the partnership, the students learned about the ecology of the different sites compared with their communities and tracked the changes from season to season. Students also gained experience in photography, photo editing and leadership.
The collaboration is through Metro’s Partners in Nature program, which works with culturally specific organizations to better connect historically marginalized groups with nature. Each collaboration is unique, and programming is co-created by the communitybased group and Metro staff to meet the needs of each community.
Learn more about Partners in Nature
To view more photography from the students, visit the Lents Grown Story Yard, an outdoor public art installation by ROSE Community Development.
Where: 8801 SE Foster Road, Portland