2012 B-WET awards

NOAA announces 2012 Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) awards

In 2012, the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program awarded competitive funding to 59 organizations for projects that will bring thousands of K-12 students around the country outside for hands-on environmental education opportunities. All B-WET projects awarded emphasize Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences — sustained, hands-on activities that are aligned with academic learning standards and respond to regional education and environmental priorities. B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. This year marks the first that NOAA has made awards in the Great Lakes region, made possible by funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. These 59 new B-WET grants will reach an estimated 40,000 students and 4,000 teachers. Please visit the regional program websites for more information about the regional competitions and funded projects.

New 2012 B-WET recipients, by region, are:


Recipient location amount
Exploring New Horizons Santa Cruz, CA $51,805
Robert H. Down Elementary School Pacific Grove, CA $35,000
Hilton Bialek Habitat Camel, CA $60,000
University Corp at Monterey Bay-Camp SEA Lab Monterey, CA $54,545
Marine Science Institute Redwood City, CA $60,000
Santa Cruz County Office of Education Santa Cruz, CA $50,000
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy San Francisco, CA $60,000
Earth Island Institute Oakland, CA $60,000
The Regents of the University of California Berkeley, CA $57,803
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association San Francisco, CA $59,800
Seven Tepees Youth Program San Francisco, CA $48,800
The Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara San Francisco, CA $59,996
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History San Francisco, CA $44,060
California Department of Education Santa Barbara and Oxnard, CA $59,880

Chesapeake Bay

Recipient location amount
Elizabeth River Partnership Portsmouth, VA $420,000
VIMS-NERRS Gloucester Point, VA $49,988
Boxerwood Education Assn Lexington, VA $220,000
Living Classrooms Foundation Baltimore, MD $360,000
Alice Ferguson Foundation Accokeek, MD $225,000
Cecil County Public Schools Elkton, MD $216,000
DCEEC District of Columbia $170,700
National Council for Science and the Environment District of Columbia $210,000
Hartwick College Oneonta, NY $201,000
The Mountain Institute Elkins, WV $240,000
National Wildlife Federation Reston, VA $236,430

Great Lakes

Recipient location amount
Board of Regents of the Univ. of Wis. System / UW-Superior Superior, WI $106,800
Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Champaign, IL $124,600
Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI $62,300
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI $35,600
Chicago Public Schools, District #299 Chicago, IL $94,340
The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA $62,300
Copper Country Intermediate School District Hancock, MI $59,630
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Alpena, MI $97,900
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Madison, WI $62,297
Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Inc. Manitowoc, WI $22,250
Detroit Zoological Society Royal Oak, MI $102,350
Friends of the Chicago River Chicago, IL $44,500

Gulf of Mexico

Recipient location amount
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX $97,779
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Tallahassee, FL $99,766
University of South Florida Tampa, FL $100,000
University of Texas - Pan American Edinburg, TX $59,118
Audubon Nature Institute New Orleans, LA $30,940


Recipient location amount
Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council Aiea, HI $93,193
Malama Kai Foundation Kamuela, HI $89,500
University of Hawaii Systems Honolulu, HI $73,544
Pacific American Foundation, Inc. Kailua, HI $100,000
The Kohala Center Kamuela, HI $100,000
The Alakaina Foundation Honolulu, HI $99,273
Pacific American Foundation, Inc. Kailua, HI $40,000
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Honolulu, HI $50,000
Pono Pacific Land Management, LLC Honolulu, HI $71,080

New England

Recipient location amount
Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies Provincetown, MA $64,652
Westport River Watershed Alliance Westport, MA $10,441

Pacific Northwest

Recipient location amount
Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership Portland, OR $59,471
Pacific Education Institute Olympia, WA $59,370
Dungeness River Audubon Center Sequim, WA $51,992
Oregon Department of State Lands Charleston, OR $60,000
NatureBridge San Francisco, CA $60,000
Curry County Soil and Water Conservation District Gold Beach, OR $56,895

FY12 continuing awards:

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


  • Exploring New Horizons, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco, CA

Chesapeake Bay

  • University of MD Center for Environmental Science, MD, DC, VA
  • Carroll County Public School Foundation, MD
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 3 awards collectively serving VA, MD, DC, PA
  • Maryland State Department of Education, MD
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, VA
  • Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
  • Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, NY
  • Lynchburg College, VA
  • Morgan State University, MD
  • St. Francis University, PA
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
  • Chesapeake Bay Trust, MD, DC, VA, PA
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, MD

New England

  • New England Aquarium, MA
  • Cohasset Center, MA
  • Education Connection, CT
  • Acadia Partners, ME
  • Sound Waters, CT