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 $90 million to support more than 700 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 2018, funded projects include: students and teachers engaging with community partners to learn about Great Lakes fisheries and watershed stewardship opportunities aligned with their school improvement and learning goals; students at four Title 1 schools directly contributing to a statewide effort to monitor rocky intertidal and sandy beach habitats of California’s national marine sanctuaries through LiMPETS; and 4th grade students being taught the basics of salmon and stream ecology and restoring critical salmon habitat in Whatcom County to help improve the health of the Salish Sea.

Awards archive

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

NOAA worked 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, provided 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.