Press Release

NatureBridge Receives $30,000 Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund Grant from Seattle Foundation

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October 16, 2019
Contact: Annie Schuler

San Francisco, CA—NatureBridge is proud to announce the receipt of a $30,000 Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund grant through Seattle Foundation to support scholarships for Clallam County youth at our Olympic National Park campus. 

Since 2007, grant support from the Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund has been instrumental in providing a NatureBridge environmental education experience to hundreds of Clallam County students.

The memorial fund is a legacy gift of Benjamin Phillips, a Colorado native who attended the University of Washington and moved to Port Angeles in 1913. Grants are awarded annually by the fund to a variety of charitable organizations serving the residents of Clallam County.

With a mission of igniting powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all, Seattle Foundation connects generous people with well-informed philanthropic strategies. The organization offers competitive grant opportunities to support local community organizations.

"Joy and Ben Phillips helped to establish the ethic to love where you live. In their case, and to the wide benefit of families in the Northwest, that means to love the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park and NatureBridge,” said Claire Bishop, Administrator of the Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund at Seattle Foundation. 

“We’re pleased to partner with NatureBridge to bring environmental education to the children and students of Clallam County. Exposure to the beauty and science of this region will reinforce the notion of loving where you live for generations to come."

NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Multi-day programs take place outdoors in the wonder of nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic and Prince William Forest.
Founded as Yosemite Institute in 1971, today NatureBridge welcomes more than 700 schools and 30,000 students and teachers each year. After nearly 50 years of teaching and inspiring students, NatureBridge has provided life-changing experiences for more than 1 million participants and is a national leader in the field of environmental education. 
To learn more about NatureBridge and its programs, visit