Statement of Purpose

vernonia-wetlandThe Gray Family Foundation Grant Program seeks to encourage and support the residents of Oregon in fostering a strong local land ethic, sustainable communities and thoughtful stewardship of the natural environment.

The Gray Family Foundation is committed to the long-term success of these efforts through ensuring that outdoor education and other age-appropriate environmental learning experiences are included in the public school core curriculum statewide.

Our Funding Strategies Include:

  • Increase the number of students attending Outdoor School with the goal that all┬ástudents in Oregon have the opportunity to participate by the end of sixth grade. Special consideration will be given to schools in rural areas and those who are otherwise underserved.
  • Improve teaching practices in the area of environmental literacy.
  • Provide field trip opportunities for fifth through eighth grade students studying environmental issues.
  • Increase geography literacy at all grade levels.
  • Improve the quality of outdoor overnight camp facilities, especially those that host Outdoor School stays.