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“The economic and social systems responsible for the most atrocious environmental degradation, also help drive the most deeply embedded social inequities. The two are so tightly connected, our work as an environmental organization must go hand in hand with social justice. At this turning point in our relationship with Earth, we work for an evolution: from dominance to partnership; from fragmentation to connection; from insecurity to interdependence. We are all interconnected and interdependent.  Strength in diversity is not just theoretical; it’s proven by science. As humans, we must work to create and maintain diversity — in our families, organizations and communities.”  Stephen Cornish with the David Suzuki Foundation
Green Roofs For Healthy Cities Opportunity
$10,000 worth of scholarships is being offered for training and events for Black Youth at greenroofs.org Read the press release here >

UW Dream Project
The University of Washington Dream Project is a Service-learning Project supporting middle and high school students with college access and post-secondary planning through peer mentorship. Contact dreamproject@uw.edu   

Enjoy quality nature videos and activities at Science Mom, found here
“I have never seen anything like what’s going on in the world right now.  These are tough times.  But it’s not the time to shut down.  It’s the time to rise-climb up to new challenges!”  - Jim Whittaker

Outdoor Resources
Visit Washington Trails Association to research hikes >
Visit Glacier Peak Institute for information on family hikes >
Download the Washington AllTrails app to find a trail and conditions near you >
Visit Mountain School at Home >
To find your passion & inspire your future!

“This Program really has inspired me to be a better person and give my life purpose and work for a good cause.”  Mia Vallaiuz

Get Outside, Garden, Hike, Swim & Learn
Nature is a great teacher so explore these sites for fun outdoor activities and exciting environmental information to explore.
Jane Goodall’s rootsandshoots.org
Friends of North Creek Forest at friendsnorthcreekforest.org
Project Learning Tree at plt.org

Not Goodbye

Instead of “Goodbye” we say, “see you soon”!  Jill, our incredibly talented and committed Board Director, has been working with us since 2016, helping support our mission to get youth outdoors to promote personal growth and environmental consciousness!  Jill and her husband Wes are awesome role models, as they have consistently taken their own young boys hiking and backpacking, joyfully watching them grow and mature in the wondrous outdoors! Jill and Wes are now looking forward to sharing this passion with many more youth, by launching The Everett Explorers with The Everett Mountaineers Branch.  Outdoor Youth Connections wholeheartedly looks forward to collaborating with them on this endeavor!

Thank you to our Donors

Sherri Engvall was blessed to know Larry Ingalls personally through the Mountaineers and many outdoor experiences.  Together with family and friends she helped create Outdoor Youth Connections in Larry’s memory. Sherri’s dynamic personality helped to rally support (and contributions) in those early years. She served as a board member for 9 years before retiring for other activities. However, Sherri continues to support OYC to ensure the mission lives on. She feels strongly that our youth, especially the under-served, must have the means and opportunity to build a relationship with the outdoors in order to protect nature, experience a variety of personal accomplishments and to just have fun.
Marla Olson is a project manager at a large dental benefits company.  She found Outdoor Youth Connections through Sherri Engvall and wanted to help the organization.  She served on the board for three years, assisting with process development and general administration.  She was able to meet the youth who benefited from the grants and see how much they appreciated the opportunities they received.  Even after retiring from the board, Marla supports OYC, as she believes in their mission to promote leadership, a healthy lifestyle and a love for the outdoors.

Thank you to Craig Miller for being a loyal donor to OYC!

Delta Dental has been matching employee contributions for years, which earns our earnest deepest gratitude.

Thank you to Tim Watkins for the voice-over work on the OYC vision and mission presentation. Tim is a Seattle-based talent that taps into his extensive and varied life experience to deeply connect with scripts and audiences from all walks of life. His vivid and expressive delivery projects a vibrant warmth instills trust, and soulfully relates to a broad demographic. We are incredibly grateful for his work with OYC. Learn more about Tim at   https://www.timwatkinsvoice.com/


You are the reason for our success in connecting youth with meaningful experiences in nature! Donate to Program Donations or to the Endowment Fund so that your donations make a difference for years to come.
Learn about our mission & how you can help
OYC connects youth with the opportunities and means to explore, study, and preserve the natural outdoors, promoting personal growth and environmental consciousness. 

Board Members
Sandra Ingalls, Chair
Dennis Miller, Director
Annie Ross, Director
Carmela Fortin, Director
Payton Yilek, Director
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