George Merwin Outdoor Learning Grant

Helping Students Explore the Outdoors

Established in 2015, the George Merwin Outdoor Education Grant was created in memory of local outdoor enthusiast George Merwin who left a portion of his estate to the Rogers Public Education Foundation. Mr. Merwin was passionate about sailing and water safety, and he annually opened his boat dock and its facilities to student groups. He encouraged all people, young and old, to be active outdoor participants.
This grant is no longer active, yet the positive impact that was generated by its grantees is certain to continue for years to come. We are forever grateful to Mr. Merwin for his generosity.


About the Grant

One Merwin Grant was awarded annually with the first recipient being announced in 2016. Each of the grantees took a creative approach toward educating his or her students about the great outdoors and enhancing their appreciation for nature.
Projects supported by this grant met the following criteria:

Supported educators and students working to increase student participation in active outdoor education.

Created meaningful connections to the outdoor world.

Merwin Grant Recipients

Jeff Belk

2016 Merwin Recipient

"No Child Left Inside"

Deb Walter

2017 Merwin Recipient

"Learning Starts on the Feet, Not the Seat"

Amy Lee

2018 Merwin Recipient

"Getting Healthy Inside Starts With Going Outside."

Future Support

The RPEF welcomes anyone to consider the Foundation in their estate planning or to honor someone with a love for education and children. Your ongoing support helps impact the lives of so many in our community. Thanks for your consideration!