Mudd Nick Foundation’s Learning Experiences

With approximately 3,000 opportunities annually for children to participate in life expanding activities, the Mudd Nick Foundation focuses on developing Learning Experiences for children that complement, enhance, and broaden what they learn in the classroom.  We direct our efforts and energies on delivering impactful, stimulating, fun and meaningful experiences.  In close partnership with the North Tillamook County schools, we identify and fund opportunities to which local children would not otherwise have access.

These Learning Experiences focus on providing children:

  • access to the arts and cultural activities both within their local area and beyond
  • opportunities to participate in athletic programs
  • ways to build self-esteem and self-reliance
  • a chance to give back to their community.

Great Big Art Mash “GBAM” Art Camp

The project was created to provide comprehensive art education to youth with special needs, while providing nearly 25 hours of respite care relief for parents. This camp was initially developed in 2012 by Bay City Arts Center Founder Helen Hill and Board Past President Dia Norris. Through the hard work and dedication of these women, the program was a success from initial implementation. Learn more

The Path to eXtreme Success “PX2”

For teenagers starting to make the transition from adolescent to adult, it can be a confusing and frightening time. To give the youth of our community the tools to make this transition easier, Mudd Nick Foundation has sponsored middle school students to learn tools that help the with the transition:  PX2™ – the next generation in teen success. These tools help them create more positive self-talk which enables them to believe in themselves, set higher goals and utilize visualization skills to achieve the dreams, and use this new mental technology more effectively bring growth and happiness in all aspects for their lives. Learn more

Learning Experiences 2018 – 2019

The MNF will allocate over $123,000, which includes over $12,000 for children with special needs, in Learning Experiences for the 2018-2019 School Year and 2019 Summer.  In addition, we expect two students to qualify for the Costa Rica foreign exchange program which is separately funded by an anonymous MNF donor.

The two charts below show the funded Learning Experiences by Category and by School.  Multi-School includes our marque PX-2 three-day camp, 4-H camp, Summer Art Program, the Missoula Children’s Theatre camp, and Forest-to-Sea camp operated by North County Recreational District.

Treasurer’s Corner

Thanks to a record number of attendees, audience competition in our $250 Help a Child bidding, bidding on our fantastic silent and live auction donations, and from our many sponsorships, the Mudd Nick Foundation raised $105,790 at our annual Golf Tournament and Charity Dinner in September, which eclipsed our previous event revenue by 5%. We expect total revenues for calendar year 2019 to set a record at $215,000. This includes over $17,000 in remembrance donations to our beloved Jim Mudd who died in October 2018. This bring the total remembrance donations for Jim to $36,000 – a fitting tribute to our co-founder. The donation sources chart indicates that 49% of our revenue came from our annual Golf Tournament and Charity Event. It also shows that 11% came from the Kelly’s Brighton Marina Crab Derby, so we hope you will support that event on June 6, 2020.

Given the revenue support we received from our wonderful supporters, we are committing $140,000 to fund Learning Experiences for the 2019-2020 school year and 2020 summer that will cover all students in District 56 in North Tillamook County. This funding level will enable us to send 15 8th graders to Washington DC, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and a Civil War battlefield during Spring Break in March 2020. Students who went to Washington DC in 2018 received an unforgettable experience and absorbed US history first-hand. We are also offering our marque PX2 three-day camp to interested 7th graders. Funding also includes about $11,000 dedicated to Learning Experiences for children with special needs.

One chart shows the funded, non-special needs Learning Experiences breakdown by category, and the other shows it by school, representing nearly 3,000 children participations in our 57 Learning Experiences for typical children. Our children with special needs will have four experiences, representing 148 children experiences. Also listed is a brief description of our Learning Experiences for the 2019-2020 school year and summer.

— John Isbell, Mudd Nick Foundation Treasurer and Board Member

2018 – 2019 Learning Experiences (No. of Participants) 

Elementary Schools

Community Arts Project (170) – School-wide learning about artists and time periods, and the opportunity for students to use their creative skills in creating art through guided art lessons
STEM & Science Fair (170) – School-wide science fair to inspire students with science, technology, engineering, and math activities and stations
Portland Newmark Theatre & Lunch in the Park (64) – 2nd and 3rd graders
Train Ride (Garibaldi to Rockaway train ride) Around our Community (64) – 2nd and 3rdgraders
Exploring the World Around Us (40) – Kindergarteners and 1st graders
Oregon State Capitol (73) – 4th and 5th graders learning how laws are made and state history
Battle of the Books Competition (50) – 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders reading books from list provided by State of Oregon and team competition about their readings
Tillamook Forestry Center (73) – 4th and 5th graders learning about the life cycle of salmon and forests
Oregon Bird Man Assembly (170) – School-wide assembly learning about the habits of wild birds
Restaurant Invasion (195) – Exposure of students at all grade levels to finer dining and new foods as taught by local chefs
Oregon Children’s Theatre Jason and the Argonauts, lunch, buy books at Barnes & Noble (42) – 5th graders
Art Moms (195) –monthly art instruction from local artists for all grade levels
Gilbert House Children’s Museum in Salem (25) – 1st and 2nd graders
Science Field Trip to OMSI (66) – 3rd and 4th graders
Columbia Maritime Museum & Haystack Rock Awareness Program (25) – 1st and 2ndgraders
Raise Fish Fry (25) – 4th graders raising fish fry in class and releasing them in local streams
Fire Department, Tillamook County Library, Nehalem Bay State Park (45) – Kindergarteners and 1st graders

Middle Schools

• Oregon Children’s Theatre Jason and the Argonauts, Lunch (81) – 7th graders

Oregon State University (65) – 8th graders experiencing campus life and learning about STEM careers
Newport Aquarium (70) – 6th graders
Talented and Gifted Camp (20) – 7th and 8th graders given unique learning experiences by Portland Saturday Academy Group
Trail Blazer Game (25) – students attending pre-season game at Blazer skybox arranged by Bucky Buckwalter and hosted by the Blazers
OMEA District III Band Festival (32)
Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital (20) – giving Honor Society students who have raised money for Doernbecher to see children with dire medical needs
Women in Trades (30) – giving 8th graders exposure to trades traditionally under-served by women
Tech Club Lego League & Mini Maker Faire (20) – supporting after school robotics club’s competition and attending Faire showcasing inventions, creativity, and resourcefulness

High Schools

Future Business Leaders Association State Tournament (30) – participation in the Oregon FBLA State Conference
Robotics (15) – students who have developed robots participating in FIRST Tech Challenge League
Talented and Gifted Camp (8) – exposing students to high-level thinking activities with like-skilled peers
Career Expo in Portland (120) – exposing students to careers and post-secondary options
In-School Music Workshop (30) – guest musicians coming to the school to enhance students’musical instrument abilities
Western Oregon University Anatomy Visit (12) – giving 11th and 12th grade students exposure to a real human cadaver as part of their health science studies
Oregon State and Volleyball Game (25) – NKN girls volleyball team watching OSU match and meeting players and coaches
ASPIRE (70) – series of experiences helping students prepare for post-high school life
Art Literature Partnership (12) – broadening students understanding through visual and written artistic creation
Oregon Music Education Association District III Band Festival (30)
CTE Field Trip (15) – helping students learn about careers in the construction trade and training opportunities
Mock Interviews (230) – providing practice and building confidence in completing job applications and interviewing process
Cezar E. Chavez Leadership Conference (15) – providing cultural awareness, pride, and how to make college an option for Spanish-speaking students
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference (1) – student with leadership skills meetingsimilar gifted students from around the state
Medical Explorers (5) – observing and experiencing careers in the medical field
Outdoor Club (14) – connecting students’ understanding and appreciation of the outdoors to enhance their nature writing skills
Engineering Expo at Oregon State University (5) – seeing senior engineering projects and learning about engineering careers
Fish Hatchery (17) – 11th and 12th grade students augmenting their classroom studies of salmon life cycle and survival by visiting the Nehalem River fish hatchery


PX2 Weekend Camp (30) – available to all 7th graders interested in learning the power of positive thinking and ways to open the door to positive thinking and creating an avenue to make and reach goals
4H Camp (30) – week-long summer camp in the Salem area for boys and girls
Missoula Children’s Theatre (60) – open to all children interested in having a week-long theatre experience including auditions, rehearsals, and a final production attended by the community
NKN Youth Athletics (100) – donation to an organization providing structured competitive sports for children from 3rd to 6th grades
Summer Art Camp (65) – three, one-week camp for campers age 5 to 12 with hands-on creative art projects and team building activities
Roland Smith Author (580) – assemblies at the elementary and middle schools providing literacy enrichment in both reading and writing which is followed up by teachers incorporating these learnings into their teaching curriculum
Oregon Writers Festival (30) –
Portland Opera to Go (440) – middle and high school English Language Art classes receiving30 minutes of instruction by the actors prior to the performance of Puccini’s La Boheme at the school
S.H.E. Warriors (20) – girls recreational running group providing training for 5K races and instruction on developing a healthy lifestyle
NCRD Swim Program (200) – donation to support swim instruction for children at NCRD
Forest to Sea Summer Camp (25) – Children ages 7 to 10 learning about the connections between people and the natural world
Gardening and Cooking Day Camp (24) – introducing children to farm-to-table concept, plus hands-on activities, and exploring the science behind food
Emergency Preparedness Camp (15) – giving children the skills to handle emergencies.

Special Needs

Great Big Art Bash (18) – Funded by MNF, Bay City Art Center and volunteers providing acomprehensive art education to youth with special needs, while providing nearly 25 hours of respite care relief for parents
Paddle Boat Trip on Nehalem Bay (12) – giving children experience in paddling kayaks and teaching water safety
Think College Inclusion Oregon (6) – trip to Portland State University to learn about its special program for students with special needs
Newport Aquarium (12)fun outing to enjoy and experience this outstanding aquarium
Gales Camp (1) – children and teenagers with Type 1 diabetes from all over the Pacific Northwest have a blast while connecting with other kids living with the same challenges
Camp Taloali (1)camp for the hearing impaired