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2013 B-WET awards announcement

NOAA funding will bring thousands of K-12 teachers and students around the country outside for hands-on environmental education opportunities in 2013.

From investigating the hydrologic cycle in coastal watersheds, to building the capacity of teachers to develop and implement watershed curriculum, 81 new and continuing projects benefit from a total of over $6.7 million in grant funding from the NOAA Office of Education’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

All B-WET projects awarded emphasize meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) — sustained, hands-on activities that are aligned with academic learning standards and respond to regional education and environmental priorities. In 2013 activities include: examining locally relevant data to learn about climate change with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science; using GIS online tools to teach about the Bayou Vermilion watershed with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; studying salmon and the connections to watersheds, ocean, and climate with the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group in eastern Washington. Students in Maine will conduct research on snowmelt studying clues about changes in diadromous fish migrations and flood flows, and underrepresented students in California will be exposed to STEM conservation, vocational and career paths as a strategy toward restoring and keeping the wetlands clean, healthy, and productive with Watsonville Wetlands Watch.

These types of immersive experiences make a long lasting impression on students. B-WET projects can inspire participants to become responsible stewards of our ocean and fresh water resources, which is a key part of NOAA’s mission.

Louisa Koch, Director of Education at NOAA

B-WET also provides funding for formal K-12 educator training programs to help teachers incorporate meaningful watershed educational experiences, as well as NOAA data and other resources, into their classrooms. Teachers and education professionals involved with the B-WET Program are equipped with information they can share with their students and communities for many years to come.

B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawai’i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Awards in the Great Lakes region are made possible by funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

New 2013 B-WET recipients, by region, are:

Please Note: Funding amounts listed are for the full amount of the award over all fiscal years.

California

Recipient Location Amount
Exploring New Horizons Santa Cruz, CA $52,648
Watsonville Wetlands Watch Freedom, CA $45,537
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Pacific Grove, CA $54,380
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy San Francisco, CA $50,000
Exploratorium San Francisco, CA $50,000
Earth Team Berkeley, CA $46,756
Cachuma Resource Conservation District Santa Maria, CA $60,000
Explore Ecology Santa Barbara, CA $59,460
Ocean Futures Society, Inc Santa Barbara, CA $50,000
Robert H. Down Elementary School Pacific Grove, CA $40,000
University Corp at Monterey Bay-Camp SEA Lab Pacific Grove, CA $53,629
Marine Science Institute Redwood City, CA $55,000
Earth Island Institute Oakland, CA $60,000
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association San Francisco, CA $59,630
Seven Tepees Youth Program San Francisco, CA $50,788
The Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA $50,000
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Santa Barbara, CA $49,560

Chesapeake Bay

Recipient location amount
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Milton, PA $105,000
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Annapolis, MD $150,000
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Gloucester Point, VA $137,666
University of Delaware Newark, DE $75,000
Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education Jessup, MD $285,000
Montgomery County Public Schools Rockville, MD $191,052
Morgan State University Baltimore, MD $224,321
Ocean Discovery Institute San Diego, CA $375,000
Saint Francis University Loretto, PA $231,230
Virginia Dept of Environmental Quality Richmond, VA $224,907
Virginia Resource Use Education Council Richmond, VA $386,200
Worcester County Public Schools Newark, MD $285,000

Great Lakes

Recipient location amount
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Milwaukee, WI $48,000
Great Lakes Museum of Science Cleveland, OH $25,000
United Way of Buffalo and Erie County Buffalo, NY $45,000
Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan Alpena, MI $70,000
Lake Superior Estuarine Research Reserve at UW-Superior Superior, WI $70,000
Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids, MI $70,000

Gulf of Mexico

Recipient location amount
Florida A&M University Tallahassee, FL $72,724
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA $99,121
Citrus County School Board Crystal River, FL $99,529
University of Houston System Houston, TX $99,877
Ben Franklin High School New Orleans, LA $98,560

Hawaii

Recipient location amount
Alaka`ina Foundation Honolulu, HI $94,900
Pa'a Pono Miloli'i Miloli'i, HI $92,000
Malama Learning Center Kapolei, HI $72,720
Malama Kai Foundation Kamuela, HI $95,000
University of Hawaii Honolulu, HI $97,856
Koolauloa Community Health and Wellness Center Hauula, HI $94,000
Hawaiian Educational Council Honolulu, HI $93,533
Hawaii Nature Center, Inc. Honolulu, HI $88,132
Puuhonua Care Facilities of Maui Makawao, HI $75,174
Kako'o 'Oiwi Kaneohe, HI $83,365
Coral Reef Alliance San Francisco, CA $42,938
Pacific American Foundation Kailua, HI $31,706

New England

Recipient location amount
Salem Sound 2000 Inc. Salem, MA $102,149
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Vergennes, VT $42,433
Save the Bay Inc. Newport, RI $215,400
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Gloucester, MA $240,000
University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI $186,467
Education Connection Litchfield, CT $240,000
University of Maine System Bangor, ME $237,129
Sturgis Charter Public School Hyannis, MA $54,856

Pacific Northwest

Recipient location amount
Oregon Department of State Lands - South Slough Reserve Charleston, OR $60,000
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group White Salmon, WA $35,456
Feiro Marine Life Center Angeles, WA $60,000
Pacific Education Institute Olympia, WA $59,995
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association Bellingham, WA $60,000
Oregon State University Corvallis, OR $59,996
Salish Sea Expeditions Bainbridge Island, WA $35,003
Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Portland, OR $59,967

FY13 continuing awards:

In addition to the new awards listed above, B-WET continues to support the following awards made in previous years:

Chesapeake

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, MD
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation, VA
  • Elizabeth River Project, VA
  • Boxerwood Education Association, VA
  • Living Classrooms Foundation, MD
  • Alice Ferguson Foundation, MD
  • Cecil County Public Schools, MD
  • District of Columbia Environmental Education Consortium, DC
  • National Council Science and the Environment, DC
  • Hartwick College, NY
  • The Mountain Institute, WV
  • National Wildlife Federation, DE

New England

  • Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Inc., MA

For more details about B-WET awards, please visit the regional program websites.

These B-WET grants will reach an estimated 76,000 students and 1,900 teachers this year. New awards are from one to three years in duration and range in value from $20,000 to $200,000. Grantees were selected through a rigorous peer review process administered by a NOAA program office in their region. All B-WET applicants are encouraged to partner with local NOAA offices, and/or utilize local NOAA field sites and data where appropriate.

Congress established NOAA’s B-WET Program in 2002. Since that time NOAA has awarded over $50 million to support more than 500 projects around the country.