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- Hands-on, environmental education, nature-based learning experiences
- Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education activities
- Learning about habitat restoration and environmental stewardship activities
- Integration of professional environmental and land management mentors in learning
- Immersed learning in field studies, journaling, and group discussions
Who May Apply?
- Federally recognized Native American tribes
- Outdoor education providers
- Local governments (cities, towns, counties, port districts, park and recreation districts, etc.)
- Qualified nonprofit organizations (501(c)3, 501(c)1, or 501(c)4 tax-exempt organizations). See the grant manual for specific requirements.
- State agencies
This is a new program but funding is expected in future years. The Legislature provides funding from general tax dollars.
$25,000 minimum grant request
$250,000 maximum grant request
There is no match required.
Pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade, experiential, outdoor education program activities learning in, for, or about the outdoors. Programs must develop and support educational experiences for students in Washington public schools.
Grants may be used to support existing capacity and to increase future capacity for outdoor learning experiences.
Programs should have a focus on outdoor education aligned with the Washington State content learning standards and the development of social and emotional learning skills. Programs are encouraged to review the Since Time Immemorial Curriculum developed by the Office of Native Education at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and infuse traditional ecological knowledge into the field experiences for students. In implementing student educational experiences, outdoor education providers should ensure equitable access for students in all geographic regions, and high levels of accessibility for students with disabilities.
Ineligible projects include the following:
- Land acquisition
- Facility construction
- Programs that do not include direct youth outdoor education programming
A full list of ineligible projects in the grant manual.
Equipment bought with grants should be retained for eligible or similar uses. See details in the grant manual.
Outdoor Grants Manager – Outdoor Education and Recreation Programs
Grant Services Section Manager
Hearing Impaired, call 711.