We are grateful for every donation to the Erin K. Johnson Memorial Fund.


The Fund

The generosity from so many individuals is very much appreciated, and has comforted those grieving Erin’s passing, knowing that this fund allows her spirit and inspiration to continue into the future.

 As an endowed fund, the Erin K. Johnson Memorial Fund will be able to provide, in perpetuity, donations and grants to organizations and individuals aligned with the mission of the Fund: to support getting children outdoors to experience nature, to promote scientific education, and to protect Alaska’s wild places. These were the values Erin cherished.

Currently we are working to increase the endowment to maximize its annual charitable potential. We have also begun providing funds to a variety of organizations. The Erin K Johnson Memorial Fund provided summer scholarships to Trailside Discovery Camp, Greatland Trust for their Chugach Pathways Program, and partial scholarships for needy 5th graders from Machetanz Elementary's STEM program who couldn't afford to participate in a culminating Marine Science Field Trip. This fall the fund provided scholarships for a few students who couldn’t afford to go on a science field trip to Denali National Park. Funds also will also soon be provided to help needy classes be able to afford to go to the Eagle River Nature Center, to the Student Conservation Association-Alaska, supporting their efforts to get high school students and young adult interns working outdoor in Alaska, collecting data for scientists, building trails on public lands, and learning about environmental ethics. The Chugiak-Eagle River Nordic Ski Club also now has a place on their website for families to request scholarships from the fund to enroll their children in the junior nordic program. It is our hope that all Eagle River families who wish to have their children involved in skiing will not be hindered by financial hardship. The fund is also donating funds to The Conservation Fund- Alaska, and their efforts to purchase significant parcels of land for protection and public use.

We are so grateful that Erin’s legacy is taking on a life of its own, through community activities and fundraising efforts. Many individuals have shared how inspirational Erin was to them, helping them be comfortable outdoors, and inspiring a passion for nature. In her too brief life she clearly impacted many people, and through her legacy we hope many more lives will be touched.

Erin had a passion for the outdoors, nature, art, music, and adventure.
— Barb & Steve Johnson

What We want to acheive

  • Support connecting youth with environmental sciences and outdoor education.

  • Protect Alaska’s wildlands for future generations.

  • Connect Alaskans to the natural world through the arts.

  • Encourage youth and adults to spend time outdoors and to appreciate and understand the natural world.