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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.

The NOAA B-WET program funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 students and educators 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 ecosystems. Whether working with students directly or providing professional development to educators, B-WET grants empower students to investigate local and global environmental issues that affect their lives, choices, and communities. Students identify actions to address these issues, 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, 2013, B-WET grantee)

B-WET serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. This regional approach allows the B-WET program to provide tailored grantee support and capacity building. This allows B-WET to include place-based STEM resources and expertise and respond to local education and environmental priorities. See our regional funding opportunity announcements for details.

For a brief overview of the B-WET program, take a look at our factsheet!