The NOAA B-WET program supports watershed education projects for K-12 teachers and students around the country.

B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Since 2002, NOAA has awarded over $75 million to support more than 670 B-WET projects. 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 use local NOAA field sites and data where appropriate.

In 2017, funded activities include the Stroud Water Research Center working collaboratively with K-12 and informal watershed education stakeholders on a statewide capacity-building project to advance and expand the environmental literacy and watershed education among Pennsylvanian K-12 students and educators through promoting meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs). In Hawaii, funds will support a 10-week experiential afterschool program for 6th graders to gain an intimate connection to Kohala’s coastline. The program combines environmental education with leadership and positive mentorship, and inspires students to be involved in coastal stewardship through place-based learning and service projects. In Texas, 40 middle school teachers will experience 5 MWEEs first-hand. They will gain understanding of Texas watersheds, environmental literacy, and STEM subjects, which will allow them to develop a pilot student MWEE. The ultimate goal is the adoption of the student MWEE in schools statewide.

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NOAA-21st Century Community Learning Centers Watershed STEM Education Partnership Grants Pilot Program

NOAA is excited to be working with the the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (the Foundation) to support a new grant opportunity bringing together two great programs: the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program and the U.S. Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. Seventeen projects funded by the Foundation, totaling $500,000, will provide NOAA related STEM environmental education programming to students at 37 U.S. Department of Education 21st CCLC sites in spring and summer 2017.

To learn more about this grants program and the funded projects, please visit the 2017 Grants Pilot Program Awards webpage.

Previously funded projects

Interested in learning more about past B-WET projects? See the regional program websites below or contact your regional program manager for more information.