The NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program offers competitive grants to support existing environmental education programs, foster the growth of new programs, and encourage development of partnerships among environmental education programs within watershed systems. The criteria for these awards emphasize Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs): sustained, hands-on, environmental activities that are aligned with academic learning standards.
These experiential opportunities are intended to supplement and enrich the traditional formal learning environment, and target both teachers and students in K-12. Rigorous evaluation has shown that B-WET activities increase teachers' confidence, ability, and intention to employ MWEE techniques with their students. Student experiences in turn have been shown to increase intention to take action to improve the watershed, and have the potential to increase academic achievement in science. The program is national in scope with 7 regional programs: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.
Specific to Great Lakes:
Through NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the Great Lakes B-WET program offers competitive grants to support existing environmental education programs that focus on the K-12 audience, fosters the growth of new watershed education programs, and encourages the development of partnerships among environmental education programs across the Great Lakes watershed. Projects funded through B-WET are aimed at promoting "Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences."
For the most recent NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training Program information or Request for Proposals, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/bwet.html.
Specific to the Great Lakes, http://thunderbay.noaa.gov/B-WET/.
B-Wet Great Lakes Program Manager
500 W. Fletcher St.
Alpena, MI 49707
Phone: 989-356-8805, ext. 10