Milestone: Haller Foundation supports outdoor education

The Albert Haller Foundation recently awarded Olympic Nature Experience $2,749 to expand their library of specialized clothing and outerwear required for a successful day at forest school,t eh school noted last week.

Olympic Nature Experience (ONE) is an all-outdoor school formed in 2014 offering preschool, homeschool enrichment and after school programs during the school year as well as camps and family playgroups in the summer.

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear, “ ONE Executive Director Merissa Koller-Williams said. “We know that purchasing all the gear necessary for your child to go to school in the forest all day is expensive and can be a barrier for some families — especially considering how fast children grow.

“Thanks to donations and grantors like the Haller Foundation, we’ve been able to establish and expand the amount and quality of gear we are able to loan to students throughout the school year.”

This particular grant also funded outwear for teaching staff.

“We ask a lot of our staff,” Koller-Williams said. “It’s no small job to keep a dozen preschoolers safe in the woods, let alone teach them what they need to know for kindergarten. We are so grateful to the Haller Foundation for helping us equalize outdoor education!”

Olympic Nature Experience has openings in Nature Skills I class, held 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays at the Dungeness Recreation Area. This homeschool enrichment course is conducted entirely outside for children of aged 5-7. Interested families can inquire at info@olympicnatureexperience.org or learn more about these programs at olympicnatureexperience.org.

Olympic Nature Experience is a registered nonprofit organization and accepts contributions at any time during the year. To support ONE programs, visit olympicnatureexperience.org/donate. Olympic Nature Experience is also hiring substitute teachers; visit olympicnatureexperience.org/meet-us for more information.