The Outdoor Learning Grants Advisory Committee evaluates applications for grants in the Outdoor Learning Grants program.

These grants provide funding for developing and supporting outdoor educational activities for students in Washington public schools. The program is jointly administered by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


  • 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

  • 15-30+ hours for written evaluation, completed remotely, every other year
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies


  • No current vacancies

Term Length

1 year

General Resources

2023 Dates

Evaluation Introduction MeetingSeptember 7
Written EvaluationSeptember 7 – September 21
Results MeetingSeptember 27

Committee Members

Nonprofit, Education, and Community Members

  • Kandi Bauman, Evergreen State University and University of Washington, Freeland
  • Raina Baker, Camp Beausite Northwest, Port Hadlock
  • Greg Barker, Washington School Principals Education Foundation
  • Chase Buffington, Cispus
  • James E King, McKinney Center for Community and Economic Development, Seattle
  • Kathryn Kurtz, Pacific Education Institute, Olympia
  • Martin LeBlanc, LBC Action, Seattle
  • Chris Liu, Outdoor Asian, Seattle
  • Siri Nelson, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Olympia
  • Scott VanderWey, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle

State Agency Members

  • Shandy Abrahamson, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Mona Halcomb, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Elizabeth Schmitz, Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction