Thousands of Iron Belle Trail pictures to go on display in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK – What do you get when you give 90 kids cameras and send them onto the Iron Belle Trail? Try nearly 9,000 photos.

Picture THIS!, a National Park Service program aimed at engaging youth with public lands through digital photography, recently fostered 90 kids onto the North Country National Scenic Trail in Michigan – which the Iron Belle Trail is a part of – to take photographs and learn about a variety of environmental topics. Combined, the children took 8,749 photographs during eight separate outings onto the trail.

Those photographs will go on display from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2015, at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 1 Michigan Ave E, Battle Creek. The kids – mainly from Battle Creek, Michigan, not only took photos, but also learned about the North Country Trail, the National Park Service, public lands, hiking and environmental topics such as water conservation, and wetland preservation. The program is one of the way’s the National Park Service is celebrating its upcoming Centennial.

The kids were from Battle Creek City Rec, Boys and Girls Club of Battle Creek, Battle Creek Family Y.M.C.A., and Urban League of Battle Creek.  Volunteers from the Chief Noonday Chapter of the North Country Trail Association helped at the events.

The Iron Belle Trail is the longest state-designated trail in the nation, encompassing more than 2,000 miles of Michigan on hiking and biking trails, allowing users to explore pristine forests and cool rivers while connecting big cities to charming and diverse towns.

For more information, contact Benjamin Giese, Centennial Coordinator, National Park Service at Benjamin_giese@nps.gov or 269-986-2110.