NOAA B-WET is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning for K-12 school students. B-WET administers a competitive funding process that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences that:
- are place-based
- are investigative or project oriented
- are an integral part of the instructional program
- are part of a sustained activity
- considers the watershed as a system
- are enhanced by NOAA products, services, or personnel, where appropriate
New England B-WET focuses on the priorities and challenges facing New England watersheds by helping students and teachers use the tools of science to understand their local watershed system and its benefits. By conducting investigative projects outdoors for their learning experiences, students become more interested in science, technology, engineering and math. And, by focusing on watersheds where they live, students and teachers can become knowledgeable stewards of their local environment.
New England B-WET targets the States of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. To be eligible, applicants must work with an audience in the targeted geography, but do not need to be from one of these states. K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, community-based and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments may apply.
The New England B-WET program is hosted by the Northeast Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Gloucester, MA. Please contact Colleen Coogan at Colleen.Coogan@noaa.gov or 978-281-9181 for additional information.
B-WET Funded Project Summaries:
Sample successful applications
- Semi-annual Progress Report
- Comprehensive Final Progress Report
- Evaluation Report
For further information on how to apply for federal grants go to: www.grants.gov
For assistance, contact
- Acadia 2010 Application
- Soundwaters Inc. 2010 Application
- New England Aquarium 2010 Application