Olympic Nature Experience has been the fortunate recipient of grant funding for the 2021-22 school year. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of local foundations and organizations who share our vision to get more kids outside, more families to connect to the natural world and more caretakers for the land we love.
The Walkling Trust partially funded our tuition assistance program in 2021. Their support helped us make leaps toward our goal of making the Sarah Salazar-Tipton Tuition Assistance Fund self-sustaining, to provide access to our programs for all children regardless of economic status. We still have a long way to go, but we are grateful every day for local partners like the Walkling Trust.
The Walkling Trust provides support for Clallam County, WA, social service and civic groups. College scholarships and vocational grants for Port Angeles High School, WA, graduates; emergency grants awarded to individuals and service agencies in Clallam County, WA, for medical care and housing costs.
Albert Haller Foundation
The Haller Foundation supports many organizations in our region and we are proud to be on their list again for 2022. They granted funds to Olympic Nature Experience to update our gear lending library. In our constant pursuit of equity, this grant enables us to break down economic barriers to outdoor education by providing even more high quality gear to more students in need as well as to our staff members who may not be able to afford the equipment required to spend an entire winter day in the forest. Thanks to the Albert Haller Foundation, our students and staff will stay safe and warm all year long.
Albert Haller understood the value of education and community. His entire life was an expression of these values; his legacy is dedicated to their continuance. By establishing his foundation, Albert Haller ensured that his vision would live on to help the places and people he cared about so much, spreading the benefits in the same spirit of giving that he manifested in life.
The Foundation is managed by a board of five volunteer directors including the Superintendents of both Sequim and Port Angeles School districts. Their charge has been to carry out the objectives of Albert Haller’s legacy, which has been done faithfully for 25 years.
Clallam County Economic Development Council
The Clallam County Economic Development Council has been integral to the survival of local nonprofits during the Covid-19 crisis. This generous group provided Olympic Nature Experience with Lifeboat and Paycheck Protection Funds. Our organization survived the pandemic and will continue to thrive thanks to their assistance. We’ll be investing heavily in our people and places in 2022 by providing in-depth training to our staff, expanding our programming, developing new sites and nurturing our current classrooms.
The Economic Development Council partners to make Clallam County a great place for businesses to thrive and people to live. By working collaboratively, they catalyze business leadership, nonpartisan problem-solving and data-driven strategies to get results for Clallam County.
PAVE (Partners in Action, Voices for Empowerment)
PAVE and Lifespan Respite, WA provided Olympic Nature Experience with a mini-grant to purchase a computer for our teaching staff to host virtual classes in the event of a cancellation. Our programs are at the whim of mother nature and climate change, having a computer all our teachers can use ensures that we are able to serve our families no matter what challenges the elements bring. Mother Nature doesn’t change her course and neither do we, thanks to PAVE and Lifespan Respite, WA.
PAVE (Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment) is the host agency responsible for this mini grant on behalf of Lifespan Respite, WA, in partnership with the state’s Aging and Long Term Support Administration within the Department of Social and Health Services, for more fully bringing to scale the provision of respite services to eligible populations through establishing and strengthening Washington’s Lifespan Respite Care System. PAVE LRW staff administers the Lifespan Respite Voucher program for unpaid, unserved family caregivers of all ages, across Washington State.