Use the filter menu and interactive map to explore the past competitions offered and grants awarded through the Environmental Literacy Program.
To learn more about project findings and outcomes, view the summaries of our grantees’ summative evaluation reports.
- (-) Angelo State University (1)
- (-) New England Aquarium Corporation / New England Aquarium (NEAq) (2)
- American Museum of Natural History (1)
- Aquarium of the Pacific (1)
- California State University at Monterey Bay (1)
- Colorado State University (1)
- Earth Force (1)
- Florida Aquarium (1)
- John G. Shedd Aquarium / Shedd Aquarium (1)
- Monterey Bay Aquarium (2)
- Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) Chicago (1)
- National Aquarium / National Aquarium In Baltimore (NAIB) (1)
- NatureBridge (1)
- North Carolina Aquarium Society / North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (1)
- Research Foundation of the City University of New York / Queens College (1)
- Sea Research Foundation / Mystic Aquarium (1)
- Seattle Aquarium (1)
- Tennessee Aquarium (1)
- U.S. Satellite Laboratory (1)
- (-) 2011/2012: ELG for Formal K-12 Education (1)
- (-) 2009: Ocean Education Grants for AZA Aquariums (2)
- 2016: ELG for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Hazards (1)
- 2013: ELG for Building Capacity of Informal and Formal Educators (1)
- 2007: ELG for Formal K-12 Education (1)
Earth System Science for Elementary Teachers (ESSET)
Angelo State University (ASU), in partnership with Texas borderlands school districts and the National Weather Service Office in San Angelo, Texas, are recipients of a NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant Priority 1 grant titled "Earth System Sciences for Elementary Teachers" (ESSET). This project will: 1) Increase the knowledge and skills level of 25 elementary in-service teachers regarding best practices for teaching integrated Earth System Science concepts in a learner-centered, outdoor environment; 2) Increase teachers' ability to align integrated science content with Texas standards-based curriculum and NOAA's Education Strategic Plan; and 3) Integrate concepts of environmental stewardship with teachers' newly acquired pedagogy and science content. Participants will receive nine semester-hours of ASU graduate credit, and a variety of tools and equipment for their classrooms following successful completion of this 18-month project. Anticipated results include increases in overall integrated science content knowledge, best practices, and self-efficacy for participating teachers. Scaling-up this proof-of-concept project to catalyze change across Texas will occur near the end of ESSET.
Summer Science in New England: Ocean Education through Informal Science Centers
The Summer Science in New England project has established a regional network of summer camp programs grounded in ocean science. In year one, six institutions - New England Aquarium, Northeastern University's Marine Science Center, University of Rhode Island's Alton Jones Camp, the University of Connecticut's Project Oceanology, the Seacoast Science Center in NH, and the Marine Environmental Research Institute in Maine - work alongside research scientists to engage campers, ages 14 and up, in near-shore biodiversity monitoring. In years two and three, the number of partners increases to 10, then 12. The project provides a citizen science experience across a wide geographical area, supports and trains informal science center staff to incorporate citizen science while using environmental literacy principles with teens, and offers opportunities for all participants to share findings with peers at annual forums.
A National Coalition of Aquariums Educating About Climate Change
This collaboration led by three major national aquariums - Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBAq), National Aquarium in Baltimore (NAIB), and New England Aquarium (NEAq) - is developing a leadership initiative to build capacity within aquariums and related informal science education institutions nation-wide, enabling education staff to engage and inspire millions of visitors to take action about climate change and the ocean. The project increases climate literacy among informal science educators by: 1) creating a national network for training, resource sharing and support; 2) developing climate change activity carts to support exhibit interpretation; 3) providing training for youth interpreters; and 4) hosting regional and national summits to strengthen collaboration and showcase and disseminate model programs. Outcomes for educators include increased knowledge of climate change science; knowledge of strategies, tools and materials for educating about climate change; and confidence in their ability to communicate about climate change.