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2013 B-WET Awards

NOAA B-WET Provides $6.7 Million to Support Watershed Education Projects for K-12 Teachers and Students Around the Country in 2013

NOAA funding will bring thousands of K-12 teachers and students around the country outside for hands-on environmental education opportunities in 2013. From investigating the hydrologic cycle in coastal watersheds, to building the capacity of teachers to develop and implement watershed curriculum, eighty one new and continuing projects benefit from a total of over $6.7 million in grant funding from the NOAA Office of Education’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

All B-WET projects awarded emphasize meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs)—sustained, hands-on activities that are aligned with academic learning standards and respond to regional education and environmental priorities. In 2013 activities include: examining locally relevant data to learn about climate change with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science; using GIS online tools to teach about the Bayou Vermilion watershed with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; studying salmon and the connections to watersheds, ocean, and climate with the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group in eastern Washington. Students in Maine will conduct research on snowmelt studying clues about changes in diadromous fish migrations and flood flows, and underrepresented students in California will be exposed to STEM conservation, vocational and career paths as a strategy toward restoring and keeping the wetlands clean, healthy, and productive with Watsonville Wetlands Watch.

"These types of immersive experiences make a long lasting impression on students," said Louisa Koch, director of education at NOAA. "B-WET projects can inspire participants to become responsible stewards of our ocean and fresh water resources, which is a key part of NOAA’s mission."

B-WET also provides funding for formal K-12 educator training programs to help teachers incorporate meaningful watershed educational experiences, as well as NOAA data and other resources, into their classrooms. Teachers and education professionals involved with the B-WET Program are equipped with information they can share with their students and communities for many years to come.

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. Awards in the Great Lakes region are made possible by funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

New 2013 B-WET recipients, by region, are:

Please Note: Funding amounts listed are for the full amount of the award over all fiscal years.

Exploring New Horizons
Santa Cruz, CA
Watsonville Wetlands Watch
Freedom, CA
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Pacific Grove, CA
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
Earth Team
Berkeley, CA
Cachuma Resource Conservation District
Santa Maria, CA
Explore Ecology
Santa Barbara, CA
Ocean Futures Society, Inc
Santa Barbara, CA
Robert H. Down Elementary School
Pacific Grove, CA
University Corp at Monterey Bay-Camp SEA Lab
Pacific Grove, CA
Marine Science Institute
Redwood City, CA
Earth Island Institute
Oakland, CA
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
San Francisco, CA
Seven Tepees Youth Program
San Francisco, CA
The Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara, CA
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
Milton, PA
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Annapolis, MD
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Gloucester Point, VA
University of Delaware
Newark, DE
Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education
Jessup, MD
Montgomery County Public Schools
Rockville, MD
Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD
Ocean Discovery Institute
San Diego, CA
Saint Francis University
Loretto, PA
Virginia Dept of Environmental Quality
Richmond, VA
Virginia Resource Use Education Council
Richmond, VA
Worcester County Public Schools
Newark, MD
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Milwaukee, WI
Great Lakes Museum of Science
Cleveland, OH
United Way of Buffalo and Erie County
Buffalo, NY
Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan
Alpena, MI
Lake Superior Estuarine Research Reserve at UW-Superior
Superior, WI
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, LA
Citrus County School Board
Crystal River, FL
University of Houston System
Houston, TX
Ben Franklin High School
New Orleans, LA
Alaka`ina Foundation
Honolulu, HI
Pa'a Pono Miloli'i
Miloli'i, HI
Malama Learning Center
Kapolei, HI
Malama Kai Foundation
Kamuela, HI
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, HI
Koolauloa Community Health and Wellness Center
Hauula, HI
Hawaiian Educational Council
Honolulu, HI
Hawaii Nature Center, Inc.
Honolulu, HI
Puuhonua Care Facilities of Maui
Makawao, HI
Kako'o 'Oiwi
Kaneohe, HI
Coral Reef Alliance
San Francisco, CA
Pacific American Foundation
Kailua, HI
Salem Sound 2000 Inc.
Salem, MA
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Vergennes, VT
Save the Bay Inc.
Newport, RI
Gloucester Maritime Heritage
Gloucester, MA
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
Education Connection
Litchfield, CT
University of Maine System
Bangor, ME
Sturgis Charter Public School
Hyannis, MA
Oregon Department of State Lands - South Slough Reserve
Charleston, OR
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group
White Salmon, WA
Feiro Marine Life Center
Angeles, WA
Pacific Education Institute
Olympia, WA
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Bellingham, WA
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Salish Sea Expeditions
Bainbridge Island, WA
Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
Portland, OR

FY13 Continuing Awards:

In addition to the new awards listed above, B-WET continues to support the following awards made in previous years:


  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, MD
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation, VA
  • Elizabeth River Project, VA
  • Boxerwood Education Association, VA
  • Living Classrooms Foundation, MD
  • Alice Ferguson Foundation, MD
  • Cecil County Public Schools, MD
  • District of Columbia Environmental Education Consortium, DC
  • National Council Science and the Environment, DC
  • Hartwick College, NY
  • The Mountain Institute, WV
  • National Wildlife Federation, DE


  • Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Inc., MA
  • For more details about B-WET awards, please visit: or the regional program websites.

    These B-WET grants will reach an estimated 76,000 students and 1,900 teachers this year. New awards are from one to three years in duration and range in value from $20,000 to $200,000. Grantees were selected through a rigorous peer review process administered by a NOAA program office in their region. All B-WET applicants are encouraged to partner with local NOAA offices, and/or utilize local NOAA field sites and data where appropriate.

    Congress established NOAA’s B-WET Program in 2002. Since that time NOAA has awarded over $50 million to support more than 500 projects around the country. For more information on NOAA’s Office of Education funding opportunities, visit: