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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 fifty-nine 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, Hawai’i, 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 fifty-nine 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:

AWARD NAME
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
Santa Barbara, CA
$59,996
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara, CA
$44,060
California Department of Education
Santa Barbara and Oxnard, CA
$59,880
AWARD NAME
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
AWARD NAME
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
AWARD NAME
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
AWARD NAME
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 Alaka'ina 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
AWARD NAME
LOCATION
AMOUNT
Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
Provincetown, MA
$64,652
Westport River Watershed Alliance
Westport, MA
$10,441
AWARD NAME
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.

AWARD NAME
LOCATION
Exploring New Horizons
Santa Cruz, CA
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
San Francisco, CA
AWARD NAME
LOCATION
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
AWARD NAME
LOCATION
New England Aquarium
MA
Cohasset Center
MA
Education Connection
CT
Acadia Partners
ME
Sound Waters
CT