Funding Spotlight: Salish Selected as WA State Recreation & Conservation Office “No Child Left Inside” Grant Recipient

December 16, 2016

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Salish Students and Mt. Rainier

Salish Sea Expeditions is honored to have been chosen to receive “No Child Left Inside” funding through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office in 2016. Our organization was one of 19 that received funding out of 122 applicants. These grants are made available contingent on matching funds to organizations throughout the state whose mission is to get our kids outside and connected with our natural world.

We encourage our Washington state representatives to continue funding this important program that connects kids to the outdoors, in a region with so much to offer in the way of spectacular state and national parks, ecologically important wildlands, and (especially near to our hearts) our unique marine environment.

As one of the only programs in our region doing on-the-water science and maritime education, we recognize a critical path for inspiring kids to engage in STEM-focused fields and connect them to our local natural treasures. Research shows that informal learning of┬áSTEM concepts makes them more “sticky” than when taught from a textbook alone. That’s why it’s critical for programs like Salish to offer meaningful programs integrated with classroom learning, so we can prepare the next generation of innovators for Washington and beyond.

If you’d like to contact your representative and tell them you support “No Child Left Inside” funding, you can find locate your district information here. A HUGE shout out to all our donors who helped us establish a robust matching pool to secure this important funding. We appreciate your support!

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