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Beginning in March 2010, 26 teenage boys at Northwest Passage
in Spooner, Wisconsin, embarked on "In a New Light," a six month photographic journey of discovery, hope, and healing on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
, a unit of the National Park System. When the project began, most of them had rarely held cameras. With photographic equipment, instruction, and countless hours immersed in the wild beauty of the Riverway, the boys created the stunning photographs showcased on this website and in a touring exhibit seen by over 20,000.
In 2011, "In a New Light" youth embarked on a tour of Badlands, Isle Royale, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Parks, while the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway remained the home base for this project. The stunning beauty of these places, and the nuanced skill with which the youth captured their essence with cameras, can be witnessed by clicking on the "2011 Photos" link above.
"In a New Light" is a partnership between Northwest Passage and the National Park Service. It was funded by two "America's Best Idea" grants awarded to Northwest Passage and the National Park Service by the National Park Foundation
through the generous support of Unilever, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, The Anschutz Foundation, and Ahmanson Foundation.