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Funding Opportunity for Outdoor Education Programs

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

Are you an educator? Do you run a community, afterschool and/or summer program? Are you working with youth in a nonprofit, tribal, or other organization? Would you like to help children be healthier, happier, and more successful—both in school and in life?

Grant applications are being accepted now for the No Child Left Inside program. This program provides money for outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.

Research shows that getting kids outdoors can vastly improve their lives. Researchers have concluded that less contact with nature results in more childhood stress, obesity, and disengagement. Outdoor education programs involving interaction with nature counteract this condition, enhancing children’s self-esteem, health, academic performance, personal responsibility, and community involvement.

The No Child Left Inside grant program is intended to empower local communities to engage students in outdoor education and recreation experiences and focuses on serving students with the greatest needs. Students work to improve their overall academic performance, self-esteem, personal responsibility, community involvement, personal health, and understanding of nature.

The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is accepting applications now until February 16, 2016. See this year’s schedule.

If you are considering applying for a grant, you will want to:

Helpful Links and Tutorials

More Information

www.rco.wa.gov/grants/ncli.shtml

If you have any questions, contact Sarah Thirtyacre/(360) 902-0243.


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