B-WET is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. The primary delivery of B-WET is through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.
The B-WET program aims to promote environmental literacy in society, supporting individuals to understand, protect and restore watersheds and related ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. NOAA recognizes that knowledge and commitment built from firsthand experience, especially in the context of one's community and culture, is essential for achieving environmental stewardship. Carefully selected experiences driven by rigorous academic learning standards, engendering discovery and wonder, and nurturing a sense of community will further connect students with their watershed, help reinforce an ethic of responsible citizenship, and promote academic achievement. B-WET maintains relevance by responding to regional education and environmental priorities through local implementation. Please refer to the regional funding opportunity announcements for specific priorities.
Download A Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (.pdf)
This site is no longer being updated. Please visit the new Office of Education web site B-WET funding opportunities page for current competitions.
For questions about the B-WET program contact the B-WET National Coordinator: Bronwen Rice, NOAA Office of Education, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Room 6863, Washington, D.C. 20230; 202-482-6797; E-mail: Bronwen Rice.
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 $69 million to support more than 650 B-WET projects. With FY15 funding B-WET will reach an estimated 66,000 students and 2,000 teachers through competitive funding for 84 new and ongoing projects.
2015 B-WET Awards
2014 B-WET Awards
2013 B-WET Awards
2012 B-WET Awards
Interested in learning about past B-WET projects? Please see the regional pages below or contact your regional
The resources below will help you prepare to submit an application for B-WET grant funding. Please note that some regions offer grantwriting workshops for prospective
applicants. Please see regional websites or contact the Program Manager for your region for more information.
B-WET Budget Template (153KB excel)
B-WET applicants are encouraged to partner with local NOAA entities. To locate potential NOAA partners in your area, visit NOAA in your State or the NOAA Assets page.