U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Google Executive Eric Young to announce Google’s $165,000 donation to the National Park Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program. The donation to the National Park Foundation (NPF) – the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service – helps support the Every Kid in a Park initiative and will fund transportation grants for approximately 1,700 underserved children to visit national parks and participate in multi-day environmental education programs.
U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene and City of Kirkland Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold joined Secretary Jewell for the announcement, which was made at a first-of-its-kind campout on the Cross Kirkland Corridor near Google’s Kirkland Campus with 60 children from the greater Seattle area.
The U.S. Department of the Interior is leading First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors. In partnership with the YMCA of Greater Seattle, the kids participated in an afternoon of fun, educational outdoor activities like searching for bugs and animal tracks and learning about endangered species and volcanoes. Partners hosted activity stations including Google, NatureBridge, Pacific Science Center, Woodland Park Zoo, and Interior’s National Park Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The REI Outdoor School supplied and set up camping gear for an overnight camp experience, and members of the Tulalip Tribes led an evening activity around a campfire, highlighting the culture and history of Coast Salish Indigenous people.
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