Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET)

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET Chesapeake) grant program supports hands-on watershed education to students and teachers to foster stewardship of the Bay. Environmentally literate citizens with the skills and knowledge to make well-informed environmental choices are key to sustaining the nation’s ocean and coastal environments.

bwet-text-image1To meet this challenge, B-WET Chesapeake was established in 2002 and quickly grew into a national program. B-WET Chesapeake supports the commitment of the Chesapeake Bay Program to provide every student in the watershed with a meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE) before graduation from high school.

A program evaluation of this effort demonstrated tangible links between students’ participation in these experiences and an increase in their environmental stewardship and literacy. The evaluation found that students increased their knowledge of issues facing the Bay watershed and actions they can take to protect the Bay, thereby strengthening their intention to take action. Guidelines have also been established to assist each grantee in conducting a project-level evaluation.

Up-to-date information about applying for a grant can be found on this website, including information about upcoming grant workshops and some of the NOAA education resources that are most often used in B-WET projects. Typical B-WET grantees are school divisions, colleges and universities, state and local government, and nonprofit organizations.

Because B-WET's federal grants focus on large-scale systemic implementation of meaningful watershed educational experiences and thus tend to span multiple schools, NOAA has established a mini-grant program in partnership with local funders to support the important work of teachers and schools. Individual teachers and schools are encouraged to apply for funding through these partnerships rather than the federal request for proposals.