The City of Ocean Shores was recently awarded just over $9-thousand to help 80 elementary school kids participate in outdoor STEM programs with support from the Coastal Interpretive Center.
The No Child Left Inside grants from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission focus on programs that provide outdoor education and recreation to underserved youth.
In shores they’ll use a $9,160 grant to buy tablets, backpacks, compasses, binoculars, safety vests, rain ponchos, magnifying glasses, field books, and other supplies for the 3-week program that will include field trips to local beaches, Damon Point, a local fish hatchery, and the Quinault Rain Forest. The city will match state funds with nearly $40-thousand in labor, cash, and in-kind services.
The educational, three-week, outdoor program is intended for youth from Kindergarten to 8th grade. It is estimated that approximately 80 children will participate. The goal of the program is to create a safe environment for children to gather during the summer that supports physical activities through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based academics, socialization, outdoor recreation, community service, and cultural enrichment opportunities.
The city’s grant application stated, “This program will offer STEM activities outdoors through four modules, provided by the Coastal Interpretive Center, and four field trips to local areas rich with natural resources. These areas include local beaches, state-owned Damon Point, a local hatchery and the Quinault Rain Forest.”