Lummi Island Heritage Trust received a grant from The Whatcom Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Fund for the Environment. The Youth Philanthropy program is designed to help high school students develop personal and professional skills needed by the next generation of community leaders. With WCF staff support, students form a leadership committee, volunteer, research, visit with local nonprofit organizations, solicit grant proposals and make funding decisions. They learn about local needs, fundraise and distribute grants to benefit the local environment.
Our grant funding will be used to create the "Nature’s Learning Lab" program for Beach School students. Nature’s Learning Lab will connect Lummi Island youth with the natural environment. Partnering with Beach Elementary School, we will provide environmentally sound, science based educational programming to enhance and complement existing curriculum and create an opportunity for youth to spend quality time in natural areas.
Lummi Island Heritage Trust Executive Director, Rebecca Rettmer and volunteer Katie Komorowski accepted the grant.