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Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET)

B-WET provides competitive funding to support meaningful watershed educational experiences for K–12 audiences.

NOAA's B-WET program funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). MWEEs are multi‐stage activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom and aim to increase understanding and stewardship of watersheds and related ocean, coastal, riverine, estuarine, and Great Lakes ecosystems. NOAA funding is provided to support student investigation of environmental topics both locally and globally that are of interest to them, leveraging local STEM assets and STEM professionals. Students identify actions to address these issues and understand the value of those actions, enabling them to help to understand, protect, and restore watersheds and related ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems.

Students check out a shark while exploring the San Francisco Bay estuary aboard the R/V Robert G. Brownlee as part of a California B-WET project.
Students check out a shark while exploring the San Francisco Bay estuary aboard the R/V Robert G. Brownlee as part of a California B-WET project. (Marine Science Institute)

B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Regional implementation also allows B-WET programs to support grantee capacity building and respond to local education and environmental priorities. Please refer to the regional funding opportunity announcements for details.