Outdoor Education and Recreation

The No Child Left Inside Advisory Committee evaluates applications for grants in the No Child Left Inside program.

These grants provide funding for outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.


  • Live in Washington
  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Enjoy finding creative solutions and appreciate other perspectives
  • Are interested in and knowledgeable about outdoor recreation and education


  • RCO will provide the training needed to evaluate grants
  • Stipends may be available to eligible committee members.

Time Commitment

  • 2-3 days of virtual meetings every other year
  • 15-30+ hours for written evaluation, completed remotely
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies


  • No current vacancies

Term Length

4 years

General Resources

2025 Dates

Evaluation Introduction MeetingJanuary 29
Tier 1 & 2 Written EvaluationJanuary 29 – March 7
Tier 3 Evaluation MeetingMarch 5 – 6
Results MeetingMarch 13

Committee Members

  • Raina Baker, Camp Beausite Northwest, Port Hadlock
  • Quena Batres, The Nature Conservancy, Bellevue
  • Kirk Beckendorf, Cascadia Conservation District, Wenatchee
  • Mackenzie Berg, Bellingham
  • Jaime Colling, REI, Seattle
  • Colin Fogarty, Confluence, Vancouver
  • Britnee Harvey, Oak Harbor
  • Rachel Heaton, Pacific
  • Linea Jantz, Spokane Valley
  • James E King, McKinney Center for Community and Economic Development, Seattle
  • Chris Liu, Outdoor Asian, Seattle
  • Siri Nelson, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Olympia
  • Jennifer Papich, City of Spokane, Spokane
  • Carmetrus Parker, Tacoma
  • Jacqueline Reyes, The Wilderness Society, Seattle
  • Chirag Sarao, Student, Bellevue
  • Stacey Selcho, Spokane Conservation District, Spokane
  • Esa Tilija, REI, Seattle
  • Tammy VuPham, Outdoor Asian, Redmond

State Agency Members

  • Leia Althauser, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia
  • Sarah Fronk, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia
  • John Keates, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Bellingham
  • Makaela Kroin, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia
  • Allison Lu, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Seattle
  • Melinda Posner, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia
  • Elizabeth Schmitz, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia