NCLI Letter to Governer Jay Inslee

November 4, 2016

The Honorable Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504

SUBJECT: SUPPORT FOR $2 MILLION BUDGET REQUEST FOR NO CHILD LEFT
INSIDE GRANT PROGRAM

Dear Governor Inslee,

Thank you for your strong support of the No Child Left Inside grant program, which is
helping young people from 11 districts (2, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 20, 35, 39, 42) across the
state participate in outdoor education and recreation programs this year. We
appreciate all of your efforts to help young people connect with the natural world.
While we anticipated strong demand for funding this past grant cycle, we were
astonished by the enormous response to the program’s first year of operation in nearly
a decade. Applicants from 17 districts (2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 24, 35, 39,
40, 42) submitted over 120 proposals, requesting more than $5 million. With $1 million
awarded and over $6 million in matching funds, this is clearly a community priority
statewide.

Given the strong need and community support for the program, as well all the proven
benefits of getting children outdoors, we enthusiastically support State Parks request
for $2 million in funding in the upcoming biennium. We recognize the budget
challenges facing the state, but investing in No Child Left Inside is an investment in the
future of our children and our State.

Here are just a few reasons this funding program is so important now and for the future:
• Research shows outdoor education improves academic outcomes, fosters
healthy lifestyles, and results in stewardship behaviors.

• This program levels the playing field for economically disadvantaged youth.
Many of the 19 organizations receiving grant funding are serving those who may
have little or no access to outdoor recreation or learning opportunities.

• More than 120 organizations applied for No Child Left Inside grant funding. This
demand clearly highlights the need for additional funds to connect young
people and their families to the outdoors.

• This program provides Washington State the opportunity to asses emerging
best practices for outdoor education and recreation programs.

• No Child Left Inside positively impacts Washington State’s $21.6 billion outdoor
recreation industry, and connects more young people to our State Parks.
The first round of the No Child Left Inside grant program has shown the tremendous
need to connect youth to the outdoors and the positive impact on our community.
With your visionary leadership, we can do more to meet the need and expand this
impact. For all these reasons, we respectfully request you include $2 million in funding
for No Child Left Inside in your proposed biennial budget.

Sincerely,
Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish
County
Cascadia Conservation District
Chimacum Middle School
City of Covington
City of Longview Parks and
Recreation Classroom in Bloom
Community Boating Center
East Central Community Center
Eastern Washington University
ESD 113
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Feet First
Friends of North Creek Forest Highline
Public Schools
Hood Canal School District No. 404
Horn Of Africa Services
IslandWood
KEEN
Lopez Island Family Resource Center
Mountaineers
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Nature Bridge
NEW Outward Bound
North Cascades Institute
cc: Don Hoch, State Parks Director
Kaleen Cottingham, RCO Director
Jim Cahill, Sr Budget Assistant
Jon Snyder, Policy Advisor
Orcas Island Youth Conservation
Corps Outdoors for All Foundation
Pacific Science Center
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
REI
Salish Sea Expeditions
Sound Salmon Solutions
Tacoma Rescue Mission
The Lower Columbia Estuary
The Service Board
The Wilderness Society
Town of Concrete
Washington Outdoor School
Washington State Parks
Washington Trails Association
Wenatchee River Institute
West Central Community Center West
Valley School District
Western Wildlife Outreach
WSU Lewis County Extension
WSU Lincoln County Extension
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
YMCA Bold and Gold
YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
YMCA of the Inland Northwest

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