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.
- (-) Hampton University (2)
- (-) Maryland Science Center (2)
- (-) Monterey Bay Aquarium (4)
- (-) Seacoast Science Center (1)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (1)
- American Meteorological Society (AMS) (3)
- American Museum of Natural History (3)
- Angelo State University (1)
- Aquarium of the Pacific (3)
- Arizona State University (ASU) / Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (1)
- Bishop Museum (4)
- Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (1)
- Butler University (1)
- Califa (1)
- California Academy of Sciences (1)
- California State University at Monterey Bay (1)
- Chugach School District (1)
- College of Exploration (1)
- Colorado State University (2)
- Consortium for Ocean Leadership (4)
- Denver Museum of Nature and Science (1)
- Discovery Cube Orange County (OC) (1)
- Dubuque County Historical Society / National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (1)
- Earth & Sky (1)
- Earth Force (1)
- Eastern Michigan University (1)
- Elizabeth River Project (1)
- Exploratorium (2)
- Florida Aquarium (2)
- Groundwork Hudson Valley (1)
- Gulf of Maine Research Institute (1)
- Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) (1)
- Institute for Learning Innovation (1)
- John G. Shedd Aquarium / Shedd Aquarium (1)
- Lawrence Hall of Science (4)
- Literacy Volunteers America of Monroe County (1)
- Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (1)
- Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (1)
- McWane Science Center (1)
- Miami Museum of Science / Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (1)
- Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) Chicago (2)
- National Aquarium / National Aquarium In Baltimore (NAIB) (2)
- National Geographic Society (1)
- National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) (1)
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) (1)
- Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks / The Wild Center (1)
- NatureBridge (1)
- New England Aquarium Corporation / New England Aquarium (NEAq) (4)
- Nisqually River Foundation (1)
- North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) (2)
- North Carolina Aquarium Society / North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (1)
- North Carolina Aquarium Society / North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island (1)
- Nurture Nature Center (1)
- Ocean Foundation / The Ocean Project (3)
- Oregon State University (OSU) / Hatfield Marine Science Center (1)
- Orlando Science Center (1)
- Pacific Science Center (1)
- Research Foundation of CUNY / Brooklyn College (1)
- Research Foundation of the City University of New York / Queens College (1)
- Science Museum of Minnesota (2)
- Science Museum of Virginia (2)
- Sciencenter (1)
- Sea Research Foundation / Mystic Aquarium (1)
- Seattle Aquarium (2)
- Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science / Alaska SeaLife Center (1)
- Smithsonian Institution / National Zoological Park (1)
- Tech Museum of Innovation (2)
- Technical Education Research Centers / TERC (1)
- Tennessee Aquarium (1)
- Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education (2)
- Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York / Columbia University (1)
- U.S. Satellite Laboratory (1)
- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Center for Science Education (2)
- University of Colorado Boulder / Fiske Planetarium (2)
- University of Hawaii System / Waikiki Aquarium (1)
- University of Maryland / Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-M) (1)
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1)
- University of Wisconsin–Madison / Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) (2)
- Washington State Department of Ecology / Padilla Bay Reserve (1)
- Watershed Management Group (1)
- Western Washington University (1)
- Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (1)
Multicultural students At Sea Together -3 (MAST-3)
The primary goal of MAST-3 is to increase the diversity of students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, electing careers in NOAA related marine sciences. This is done through a multidisciplinary program that engages students in NOAA-related marine research, and explores marine policy, the heritage of African Americans and Native Americans in the coastal environment, and seamanship. MAST students use the Chesapeake Bay to understand efforts to protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management. To do this, Hampton University has formed partnerships with various NOAA labs/sites, several university laboratories, the USEPA, various museums, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the menhaden fishing industry.
Educational Applications of the National Maritime Center Science on a Sphere
This project is developing and implementing a strong environmental literacy and science education program to accompany NOAA's Science on a Sphere® (SOS) at The National Maritime Center's Nauticus museum. The program will use the SOS as a focal point to support learning about global oceanic and atmospheric circulations and their effect on local environments. The team is creating real-time global displays of environmental phenomena for the SOS from the expansive University of Wisconsin environmental satellite database. Computer visualization systems and user-driven interactive displays will allow viewers to move from global scale to regional and local scale in order to explore specific features of the phenomena being visualized and to understand them in greater detail. The displays will be integrated with high quality education materials that are aligned with national standards and specifically address the NOAA Education Strategic Plan. The teaming of the University of Wisconsin, Hampton University, and the National Maritime Center offers the opportunity to expose students from ethnic minority groups to various NOAA career paths and help produce graduates with solid technical backgrounds.
Science-on-a-Sphere Programming: Presenting NOAA Science at the Maryland Science Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and in the National Traveling Exhibition "Water Planet"
Using the relative strengths of each museum, the Science On a Sphere® Partnership between the Maryland Science Center and the Science Museum of Minnesota has developed two complementary exhibit approaches to Science On a Sphere® (SOS). Audiences interacting with SOS are able to observe global connections in geophysical phenomena not possible with any two dimensional representation of the Earth. The goal of the project is for museum visitors, particularly underserved audiences, to comprehend how human activities are influencing global processes now and might do so in the future. The project also tests new partnership models for working with NOAA and other science research organizations to broaden the educational impact on all groups.
Science-on-a-Sphere Installation: Presenting NOAA Science at the Maryland Science Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and in the National Traveling Exhibition "Water Planet"
This award supports the installation of a Science On a Sphere® in two museums comprising the SOS Partnership®, a collaboration between the Maryland Science Center ( Baltimore ) and the Science Museum of Minnesota ( St. Paul ). Each of the two museum installations will take advantage of the wide variety of NOAA data sets that Science On a Sphere® (SOS) projects onto a six-foot sphere, creating unique, animated, whole-planet views of real-time, past and forecasted, weather, climate and geophysical processes, and many other dramatic visualizations of the whole Earth.
Aquarium-wide Climate Change and the Ocean Initiative: Public Engagement from Awareness to Action
As part of its on-going commitment to engage, inform, and inspire visitors around issues of critical importance to ocean conservation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium opened the nation's first live aquatic animal exhibition on climate change and the ocean. This award supports a comprehensive and integrated suite of associated informal educational activities, designed to extend the exhibit experience and allow visitors to explore this critically important topic in more depth during their visit and after leaving the Aquarium. These activities include: community engagement events, virtual reality auditorium programs using Google Earth, musical theater presentations, and exhibit interactives that allow audiences to discuss solutions to ocean issues. Over the course of three years, this initiative will reach more than 4.5 million people and: 1) raise public awareness about the connection between climate change and ocean health; 2) demonstrate that public actions do have an impact on climate change (and therefore ocean health); and 3) encourage meaningful action to address climate change.
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.
Teen Conservation Leadership
Teen Conservation Leadership is a major integration and expansion of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's existing teen education programs (Student Oceanography Club, Young Women in Science and Student Guides). The project is growing and enhancing these programs through the following activities: Service Learning and Leadership Activities – including: 1) Guest Service Track: professional development and training as interpreters 2) Camp and Club Track: serving as a mentor for other participants 3) Program Track: assisting in the delivery of programs - Conservation and Science Activities, including participating in and leading projects with local organizations, and participating in technologically facilitated outdoor learning experiences – Teen Network and Technology Activities, including onsite networking and information sharing through Web 2.0 technology The project will reach 930 teens. Each teen will provide 200 service-learning hours per year. The sequential nature of this project will encourage many teens to participate for multiple years.
Building Ocean Awareness Together (BOAT)
A consortium of Alaska SeaLife Center, Florida Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium with their partner National Association for Interpretation will increase the effectiveness of informal science educators (ISE) to promote public understanding of three complex topics that impact the ocean (oil spills, ocean acidification, and energy literacy) and encourage stewardship of ocean and coastal resources. This project will have a direct impact on 252 interpreters in and around Alaska, California, and Florida through 12 weeklong trainings. Groups of interpreters will develop, assemble and produce online training toolkits, all of which will be widely disseminated to the ISE community. Each toolkit will utilize NOAA multimedia content, data visualization products, expertise and other relevant resources. Project participants – who interact with a diverse mix of local, regional, national and international visitors (including underserved local populations) – will provide enhanced training content for their colleagues through professional trainings, presentations, and online networks.
Families by the Seaside: Building Community-based Outdoor Ocean Science Learning Experiences
This 2-year program will advance the way informal ocean science education institutions reach underserved/underrepresented families by facilitating and formalizing relationships between informal science education centers and community based organizations. Project teams in five New England communities will collaborate to create a practicable, outdoor ocean-science learning experience specifically designed for families in their shared service area. Building on a needs assessment produced through target-audience focus groups, the program will combine coastal field experiences with web-based interactive and participatory learning activities developed and tested by the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL; www.eol.org/) and the Northeast Regional Association for Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) to support in-field and ongoing learning. Science content will be informed and vetted by NOAA research scientists and work between the science centers and community organizations will be professionally facilitated. Formats and effectiveness will be evaluated by external evaluators and revised throughout the project.