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

2023 Dates

Evaluation Introduction MeetingJanuary 27
Tier 1 & 2 Written EvaluationJanuary 27 – March 10
Tier 3 Evaluation MeetingFebruary 8 – 10
Results MeetingMarch 16

Committee Members

Local and Education Agency Members

  • Kandi Bauman, University of Washington, Freeland
  • Gideon Cauffman, City of Oak Harbor, Oak Harbor
  • Salvador Cobar, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Toppenish
  • Julie Gardner, Vertical Generation, Seattle
  • Jennifer Papich, City of Spokane, Spokane
  • Jaime Colling, REI, Seattle
  • Scott VanderWey, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle

Nonprofit and Other Agency Members

  • Raina Baker, Camp Beausite Northwest, Port Hadlock
  • Jeremy Grisham, Empowered Response Counseling Services, Everett
  • James E King, Diverse Environmental Leaders, Seattle
  • Martin LeBlanc, LBC Action, Seattle
  • Chris Liu, Outdoor Asian, Seattle
  • Allison Lu, Washington State Parks Foundation, Seattle
  • Siri Nelson, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Olympia
  • Keli Regan Drake, City of Olympia, Olympia

State Agency Members

  • Makaela Kroin, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia
  • Melinda Posner, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia
  • Elizabeth Schmitz, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia
  • Jason Wettstein, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia