Grants Awarded 2015

Paul Wiseman Conservation Education

  • The Foundation was pleased to select Pacific Biodiversity Institute as the very first recipient of our new Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Grant. Pacific Biodiversity Institute built an inspiring and rigorous 6-week Conservation Science and Leadership Course for up to 15 college-aged junior/senior or recently graduated students.
  • Braided River introduced a new book, The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby. The project included an immersive exhibit at the Burke Museum, and a discussion series for new Washington residents. The beautiful photographs and thoughtful essays by William Dietrich offers a strong case for the on-going stewardship of the North Cascades region.

Community Conservation Education

University of Washington-Mt. Rainier Institute was awarded $4000 to support their overnight educational seminar for 4-12th grade students.

Prospect Enrichment Preschool was awarded $3420 to develop a program to enhance student understanding of nature and environmental conservation.

Seward Park Audubon Center was awarded $4000 to support the expansion of the Urban Naturalist Series for engaging the public in learning about and caring for birds and nature.

Alaska Discovery Foundation was awarded $4600 for their summer education program for teachers at Juneau Ice Field where teachers will study glaciology, geology, and climate studies to develop lessons for classrooms.

Wilderness Science Education was awarded $2500 to support their program to engaging low income Idaho teens in restoring 2 miles of riparian habitat.

Vashon-Maury Island Island Land Trust was awarded $4000 to support their 24-hour bioblitz at Maury Island Marine Park.

Feiro Marine Life Center was awarded $4000 to survey Tumwater Creek and surrounding habitats to document fish and wildlife habitat conditions. The survey will be conducted by high school students in collaboration with professional scientists, educators, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center.

The Lands Council was awarded $3550 to support their program for low-risk offenders, developing their hands-on job training and employable skills as they work to participate in service-based tasks including riparian/upland tree planting, tree watering, and removal of invasive species.

Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition was awarded $4500 to support the expansion of Salmon in the Classroom to include other local natural resources and coordinate with local schools.

Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland was awarded $4000 as support for and further development of their existing farm tours and Talking Fields program for protection of agricultural industry in Skagit County.

Wallowa Land Trust was awarded $1600 to support their Into the Wallowa Summer Outings and Summer Lectures.

Mount Adams Institute was awarded $4000 for their summer ecology programs for middle and high school students in Oregon and Washington; the STEM curriculum was combined with the ecology program to include global issues.

A Rocha USA was awarded $2500 for collaborative river/watershed stewardship efforts in Bend, OR. The Watershed Congregation Program is in partnership with Ducks Unlimited.

Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation was awarded $3287 to help promote wilderness conservation skills through trail maintenance and weed removal projects: funds will support expansion of the program’s natural history component.

Cascadia Wildlands was awarded $3000 as financial support for wilderness campaign for Devil’s Staircase on the central Oregon coast.

Pacific Wild Alliance, Inc. was awarded $5000 in support of educational activities related to conservation initiatives on the central coast of British Columbia: activities will add to and expand school curricula.

The Mountaineers was awarded $4000 in support of production of backcountry impact videos for their web site.

University of Idaho Foundation was awarded $3000 to support the production of educational videos paired with Clean Water trail interpretive signs.