Sarah Schanz discussing the geomorphology of western Washington with students in the "Oceans and Beaches" course.
Kelly Knickerbocker
Sarah Schanz discussing the geomorphology of western Washington with students in the “Oceans and Beaches” course.

Private gifts allow our students and faculty to make new discoveries, create innovative programs, experience hands-on learning, and connect with communities worldwide. Lending your support means we can continue to provide students with these exceptional opportunities.

If you’re just beginning to discover the breadth and depth of what goes on at the College of the Environment, you may be interested in supporting one of these programs:

  • The Friends of Pack Forest Fund: To support the training of students as well as the development and maintenance of academic programs and facilities at Pack Forest.

For more information on ways to make a gift or programs you can support, contact Marilyn Montgomery, Associate Dean for Advancement, at 206-221-0906 or

Thanks to our many supporters

We are grateful for every gift and private grant made by hundreds of individuals, private foundations, corporations, and organizations. Below are a few highlights of gifts and grants made in the last few months:

  • Through her estate, Nancy Davidson Short—a longtime supporter and volunteer with the UW Botanic Gardens—made a generous gift to establish the Maxwell J. and Nancy Davidson Short Endowed Fund to cover the costs for low-income students in grades K-12 to visit, learn from, and experience gardens, native plant materials in Washington Park Arboretum, Union Bay Gardens, and University of Washington Botanic Gardens.
  • Recent grants from the Simons Foundation have supported Ginger Armbrust, the Director of the School of Oceanography, and her North Pacific expedition that could shed new light on our understanding of the world’s largest ecosystem.
  • The Heising-Simons Foundation awarded Atmospheric Sciences’ Director Greg Hakim a major grant to launch a multi-university effort that applies new modeling technologies to reconstruct the Earth’s climate in deep time.
  • The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust provided crucial funding to the School of Oceanography’s Alex Gagnon and the Department of Earth and Space Sciences’ Fang-Zhen Teng to purchase new equipment for a trace metals analysis facility that will benefit researchers across the College, UW, and multiple public agencies.