Current Grants

The following open projects have been funded during the past four B-WET grant cycles (fiscal years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). Links to information on awards from prior fiscal years are available at the bottom of this page.

“B-WET funding” and “nonfederal match” amounts are the amounts applied to the project to date under the current grant. For some projects, additional federal funds and match are planned in future fiscal years.

Delaware

Organization: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570200
Project Title: Implementation of MWEEs through the Children in Nature Coalition
Overview: This grant supports the efforts of the Children in Nature Coalition (CIN) to integrate locally relevant, experiential learning related to the Chesapeake Bay watershed into core subject areas in the kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) educational scheme. A CIN coordinator will facilitate the implementation of professional development for in-service teachers and meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for K-12 students, in alignment with the goals of NOAA’s Education Strategic Plan.
Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $150,000
Nonfederal Match: $47,500

District of Columbia

Organization: Alice Ferguson Foundation
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570202
Project Title: Action Projects and Teacher Professional Development for Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences in District of Columbia Public Schools and Charter Schools
Overview: For this project, the Alice Ferguson Foundation and partners work with District of Columbia Public Schools and Public Charter Schools to develop and pilot curriculum-based, hands-on action projects for fifth-grade students. Teachers also receive training in implementation of a full MWEE, including action projects, through hands-on summer Teacher Institutes and workshops, teacher-to-teacher mentoring, and support through online resources. This project leverages significant funding from the District Department of Environment to implement school outreach and overnight field study experiences for 6,000 fifth-grade students over two years.
Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $294,098
Nonfederal Match: $54,749

Maryland

Organization: Charles County Board of Education in partnership with the Alice Ferguson Foundation
Grant Number: NA17NMF4570165
Project Title: Charles County Public Schools Bridging the Watershed Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)
Overview: Charles County Public School will design and implement a systematic integrated MWEE that will be embedded in 7th Grade Life Science and at the High School level in the content areas of Biology and Earth Systems in Charles County, Maryland. CCPS will partner with the Alice Ferguson Foundation and utilize their “Bridging the Watershed” program, which includes student stream monitoring in public parks and streams on school campuses. Students will also conduct small-scale action projects that will include riparian buffer and stormwater plantings, non-native plant removal, and planting native vegetation on school grounds.
Duration: July 2017-June 2020
B-WET Funding: $226,536
Nonfederal Match: $21,584

Organization: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Grant Number: NA17NMF4570273
Project Title: Making the Link: Aligning MWEEs with NGSS and Maryland E-Lit through Professional Learning Community and Targeted Resources
Overview: The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will Initiate and facilitate a Maryland MWEE Professional Learning Community that is focused on developing, revising with peer feedback, and implementing NGSS/E-Lit-based MWEEs and can ultimately become self-sufficient and self-sustaining. It will create a Maryland MWEE Peer Advisory System to support development and implementation of NGSS/E-Lit-based MWEEs. Narratives for Success will be written that describe existing successful NGSS/E-Lit-based MWEE development processes and implementations as well as community members’ reflections as they develop and implement their own standards-based MWEEs. A Maryland standards-based MWEE toolkit will be organized with existing and new resources that supports development and implementation of NGSS/E-Lit-based MWEEs within and beyond the grant period. Principal investigators will disseminate the project’s process and products with other education professionals through partners’ websites, conferences, and statewide and regional partnership groups
Duration: September 2017-August 2020
B-WET Funding: $99,949

Organization: Hood College
Grant Number: NA16NMF4570296
Project Title: Project STEM: Schoolyard Thermal Evaluation and Mitigation
Overview: Project STEM involves high school teachers and students from both foundation of technology classes and environmental science or biology classes in two interrelated meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for Frederick County Public Schools (Maryland). By leveraging the assets developed by the Hood College Center for Coast and Watershed Studies, the GLOBE program, and the NOAA Environmental Science Training Center, Project STEM employs schoolyards as sites to monitor and assess the effects of thermal pollution on local stream health. Students completing the program will understand the importance of urban environments as "heat islands" and the methods needed to mitigate their thermal effects on nearby waterways.
Duration: July 2016-June 2019
B-WET Funding: $139,366
Nonfederal Match: $39,740

Organization: Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Grant Number: NA16NMF4570295
Project Title: Take Action: Teacher- and Student-Led MWEEs for a Changing Climate
Overview: Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education (EL&OE) Office will undertake the systemic development of meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEE)-based curriculum to every eighth-grade student districtwide. This will be achieved through curriculum development, professional development for eighth-grade science teachers, mentor and outreach to the classroom, support to teachers and students for action projects, and MWEE development. New curriculum development incorporating Next Generation Science Standards provides an opportunity for the AACPS Science office and EL&OE offices to work as partners in designing and implementing a 30-day hands-on unit based on the NGSS standard MS-ESS3-5, "Asking questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century," and the Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards that focus on environmental issue investigation and action, the changing Earth climate, and human effects on natural resources. Through comprehensive professional development with the eighth-grade science teachers and staff support, eighth-grade students, led by their teachers, supported by the grant staff, will study climate issues, record and analyze data through GLOBE and NOAA sites, identify issues based on data, propose and implement environmentally friendly sustainable actions, and follow those solutions through to completion and reflection. Once their project is complete, the students will gather post data and evaluate their accomplishments. This project will touch more than 5,400 eighth-grade AACPS students annually.
Duration: July 2016-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $73,281
Nonfederal Match: $7,044

Organization: National Aquarium Inc.
Grant Number: NA16NMF4570297
Project Title: Peer to Pier: Engaging Baltimore Middle School Students in Conservation at National Aquarium's Model Urban Waterfront
Overview: The primary goal of this project is to design and pilot meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for planned eventual systemic implementation across an entire grade of Baltimore City Schools students (approximately 5,600) using the Aquarium's Model Urban Waterfront (MUW) as a platform. MUW incorporates Piers 3 and 4 of the Aquarium's waterfront campus, which will be undergoing a transformation into an environmental district with interpretive elements beginning in late 2016. It will provide publicly accessible, free learning opportunities and a highly functioning Inner Harbor ecosystem demonstrating a perched wetland complex, clean water technology such as biofilters, and Biohut habitat structures supporting aquatic life for scientific study. The Aquarium and City Schools will design and pilot MWEEs on that site with staggered implementation across the district. The Aquarium, City Schools, and representative conservation partners on the planning team will determine goals, objectives, detailed program design, and curriculum development in the first year. The resulting MWEEs will align with the Next Generation Science Standards that City Schools must implement district-wide and meet the goals of the Maryland Environmental Literacy graduation requirement. The project will help the state of Maryland meet its requirement under the Chesapeake Bay Agreement to provide MWEEs in elementary, middle, and high school.
Duration: July 2016-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $130,000
Nonfederal Match: $84,316

Organization: University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science-Appalachian Lab
Grant Number: NA14NMF4570247
Project Title: Watershed Research Investigations: A Student-Teacher-Scientist Partnership to Support Healthy Streams
Overview: The goal of the project is to immerse western Maryland high school students and their environmental science teachers in locally relevant robust science research experiences that increase their understanding of authentic science inquiry and the critical issue of stream nitrate pollution, while also empowering them to be responsible environmental stewards in their communities. The objectives are to (1) design and pilot a four-part schoolyard-based curricular unit and companion online map (using National Geographic’s FieldScope) that support conducting an authentic science investigation and sharing findings; (2) provide a comprehensive two-year professional development that includes extensive in-class support to prepare teachers to lead these authentic investigations; (3) partner students directly with Appalachian Lab scientists as they pursue these investigations and consider implications; (4) evaluate the impact of the professional development on teachers and the unit on students’ understanding of nitrate pollution and scientific inquiry; and (5) share materials, approach, and lessons learned at regional and national conferences.
Duration: September 2014-August 2018
NOAA Funding: $242,249
Nonfederal Match: $118,374

Organization: Maryland Sea Grant
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570198
Project Title: Aquaculture in Action: A Model for STEM and E-Lit Education
Overview: The goal of this project is to create a network of school systems, administrators, teachers, students, and resources that are focused on modeling STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and E-Lit (environmental literacy) programs through project-based learning. Specifically, the expansion of the Maryland Sea Grant Aquaculture in Action (AinA) program model, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries program and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology Aquaculture Research Center, will enable the reintroduction of two key species (yellow perch and shad) into the classroom coupled with student-driven projects and meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs). Project objectives include:

  • Enhancement of the AinA curriculum to include STEM and E-Lit goals
  • Teacher professional development workshops
  • Development of resource hubs in four school systems
  • Local implementation of AinA curriculum and student-driven projects focused on yellow perch and shad
  • Analysis of curriculum, workshops, student-led projects, and teachers’ and administrators’ perspectives on project-based learning

Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $134,687

Organization: Howard County Conservancy
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570194
Project Title: Watershed Report Card: Students as Researchers and Advocates
Overview: In this project, ninth- and tenth-grade students take part in a replicable, yearlong assessment of their watershed and subwatersheds. A student-developed Watershed Report Card is their final product, serving as the evaluation tool students use to advocate with county leaders. The goals and objectives for this project include:

  • Provide the opportunity for all Howard County public high school ninth- and tenth-grade biology students to participate in quarterly watershed analysis activities, examine and critique local policies, advocate with decision makers and make informed environmental decisions.
  • Develop and offer professional development for Howard County Public School System high school biology teachers on the Watershed Report Card and related curriculum extensions.

Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $309,146
Nonfederal Match: $181,142

Organization: Sultana Education Foundation
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570197
Project Title: Choptank Choices: Investigating How Human Activities Have Altered the Ecosystem of the Choptank River over Time
Overview: The Sultana Education Foundation (Sultana) works with Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot County Public Schools to implement a systemic, issue-based, hands-on, multidisciplinary project for the region’s fith-grade students and teachers focusing on how human activities in the Choptank watershed have affected the river’s ecosystem over time. During the school year, students will augment their classroom work with field investigations of the Choptank River aboard the 1768 schooner Sultana, have experts visit their classroom to discuss ways that land-¬use choices affect the estuary, and participate in action projects to restore habitat and improve water quality. These activities will be supported by weeklong summer institutes and one-day professional development seminars for teachers from the participating counties.
Duration: August 2015-July 2018
B-WET Funding: $203,278
Nonfederal Match: $100,728

Organization: Cecil County Board of Education in partnership with NorthBay
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570196
Project Title: Building Future Stewards of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Overview: This project will expand the Environmental Literacy Program to grade levels that are not currently being reached in Cecil County Public Schools through a meaningful watershed educational experience that focuses on improving the health of our local watershed and the Bay. Each middle school assesses and monitors a stream over the next several years, collecting data and creating an action research project to help improve stream water quality. High school students will conduct a study of microplastics (plastic plankton) in the Bay to determine if this problem exists and any affect it has on marine life. Teachers will be trained in the summer for five days the first year and three days in years two and three. Teachers will work with Northbay staff and the Department of Public Works to conduct stream assessments with seventh graders from each of the six middle schools. These two organizations will also work with all five high schools conducting studies on the Bay. The local library will help students with research and community outreach.
Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $199,946

New York

Organization: Monroe Community College
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570201
Project Title: B-WET New York Upper Susquehanna Watershed
Overview: The Chesapeake Bay watershed originates in New York State's Upper Susquehanna watershed. This project will contribute to greater understanding and stewardship of the Upper Susquehanna headwaters region. Teachers will have the skills, resources and confidence to deliver meaningful watershed educational experiences, and students will be prepared and motivated to be stewards of their local watershed. The project includes teacher professional development and active teacher support, with student programming meeting state and local learning standards. Teacher training workshops will be held in spring and fall, for schools in the Southern Tier Consortium agreeing to put a watershed unit into the classroom curriculum of at least one grade level. This will include training in new technologies supporting geographic literacy and environmental literacy. Trained teachers will use our lessons and materials in hands-on student field experiences, including a one-day minimum in the field for water testing, plus stream stewardship activities, mapping and reporting results, and a watershed stewardship project in year two.
Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $150,000
Nonfederal Match: $8,000

Pennsylvania

Organization: Stroud Water Research Center
Grant Number: NA17NMF4570274
Project Title: Pennsylvania Environmental Literacy and MWEE Programming Capacity Building
Overview: Stroud Water Research Center will lead a collaborative statewide Pennsylvania capacity building project with the PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Department of Education, PA Association of Environmental Educators, PA Bureau of State Parks, and a university science education professor. This project leadership team will engage a diverse PA
Watershed Education Task Force of K-12 and informal watershed education stakeholders. Activities and delivery methods include monthly leadership team meetings, daylong PA Watershed Education Task Force meetings, regional stakeholder sessions to determine current best practices in K-12 watershed education, reviewing K-12 environmental education standards, and identify career pathways in environmental sciences and STEM.
Duration: July 2017-June 2020
B-WET Funding: $99,561
Nonfederal Match: $8,106

Organization: National Audubon Society-Pennsylvania
Grant Number: NA16NMF4570292
Project Title: Learn, Explore, and Restore our Watersheds
Overview: Audubon Pennsylvania will continue and expand its Learn, Explore, and Restore our Watershed project--a multifaceted program working directly with students and teachers in York, Carlisle, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This is a systemic environmental education program that engages elementary students in their local and regional watersheds during multiple grades over multiple years. The project provides high-quality and high-impact watershed experiences that are imbedded into their classroom learning. Volunteers are recruited and trained to assist with the implementation of the program. This partnership will increase teacher capacity to implement meaningful watershed learning in their classroom. National Audubon works closely with teachers and administrators to fully integrate the Chesapeake Bay watershed into their curriculum through in-class and field experiences at local natural areas. The project culminates in habitat restoration projects focusing on enhancing the quality of the water for the people and wildlife throughout the watershed. Technology is incorporated into the project including using data from NOAA’s Data Education Project, Estuaries.gov materials, GIS mapping, FieldScope, Ebird, and other citizen science programs.
Duration: August 2016-July 2019
NOAA Funding: $140,000
Nonfederal Match: $120,000

Organization: St. Francis University
Grant Number: NA13NMF4570197
Project Title: Headwaters to Estuaries: Best Management Practices for Systemic Watershed Education
Overview: This project aims to facilitate the development of meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) in the form of watershed integrative curriculum units for an entire grade of middle school teachers, and make systemic the existing watershed curriculum developed by trained teachers and use watershed systems as a context for learning in an entire grade of middle school students. It will also develop active and sustainable watershed learning opportunities in schools through the design and implementation of watershed best management practices and through the establishment of an annual watershed festival. Eight core teachers will participate in summer professional development, curriculum development, and all program components. Eight additional extension teachers will participate in curriculum development as it pertains to their subject area, and implement the transdisciplinary curriculum with core teachers.
Duration: September 2013-February 2018
B-WET Funding: $231,230
Nonfederal Match: $71,174

Organization: Gettysburg College
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570203
Project Title: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Pennsylvania
Overview: Advancing Science, an outreach program of Gettysburg College, serves many areas in South Central Pennsylvania. This project will focus attention on issues of water quality in the local watersheds of this area. The outcomes of this project will be to 1) enhance environmental literacy regarding a watershed area critical to the health of the Chesapeake Bay; 2) effect systemic changes in how environmental education is delivered; 3) create citizen scientists; 4) promote environmental stewardship through action projects; 5) assist students and teachers in communicating what they learn about the watershed. These outcomes will be achieved by training teachers in background content and investigative activities that they will use with their students, and helping teachers to develop a coherent watershed education plan. Teachers will be supported in integrating the investigative environmental activities of their watershed plan into their existing curricula. Students, acting as citizen scientists, will monitor and report on watershed hydrology using NOAA-approved resources such as GLOBE and FieldScope. Advancing Science mobile educators will deliver science equipment and materials to classrooms of participating teachers and will provide support on field trips and in restoration projects. In addition, teachers and their students will present what they have learned about the watershed to other classes in this B-WET cohort as well as to their schools, families, and the local community.
Duration: June 2015-May 2018
B-WET Funding: $437,698
Nonfederal Match: $175,236


Virginia

Organization: James River Association
Grant Number: NA17NMF4570164
Project Title: Students Investigating Urban Parks: Providing MWEEs to Richmond Public Schools
Overview: The James River Association will immerse the students and educators from Richmond Public Schools in field-based experiences that will use real-world data, mapping, and hands-on experiences to challenge students to critically examine the complex ecological, economic, and human systems that depend on and collectively impact the health of the James River and Chesapeake Bay. The overarching question the students will investigate throughout the MWEE will be: “What role do urban areas play in the health of the James River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds?” The culmination of the participants’ experiences will be stewardship action projects focused on habitat restoration, everyday choices, community engagement, and civic actions, with emphasis on restoration and public engagement.
Duration: July 2017-June 2020
B-WET Funding: $299,895
Nonfederal Match: $35,480

Organization: Virginia Department of Education
Grant Number: NA17NMF4570277
Project Title: Virginia Environmental Literacy Cohort: Developing, Implementing, and Assessing Environmental Literacy Plans in the Commonwealth
Overview: The Virginia Department of Education will partner with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Department of Environmental Quality, and the Department of Forestry to plan and implement professional development opportunities to cohorts of teachers and administrators across the Commonwealth in order to build capacity for environmental literacy. The professional development will focus on developing teacher and administrator skills and knowledge of their local watershed, which will allow for the integration of student Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) and other field-based lessons and investigations into K-12 instruction as well as provide a springboard for the development of school and school division Environmental Literacy Plans
Duration: August 2017-November 2019
B-WET Funding: $67,481
Nonfederal Match: $28,760

Organization: Spotsylvania County Public Schools
Grant Number: NA16NMF4570293
Project Title: Beyond the Field Trip: Developing Environmental Stewards
Overview: Spotsylvania County Public Schools is committed to providing an engaging and relevant science education designed to enable students to develop their civic mindedness regarding environmental issues. It is the schools' vision to ensure an engaging and supportive learning environment, provide a broad spectrum of innovative opportunities, and build lasting partnerships with the community to educate our students. Implementing more meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) is a cornerstone of student environmental education about the Chesapeake Bay watershed. By redesigning the current Oakley Farm field trips for fourth-grade students, implementing MWEEs into the high school environmental science curriculum, and providing professional learning opportunities for science teachers and school administrators, this project seeks to seamlessly connect standards-based classroom learning with outdoor field investigations to create a deeper understanding of the natural environment.
Duration: July 2016-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $50,000
Nonfederal Match: $28,448

Organization: Arlington Public Schools
Grant Number: NA16NMF4570298
Project Title: Sustainable Solutions for Urban Stormwater Management through Project-Based Learning Project
Overview: Arlington Public Schools will implement Sustainable Solutions for Urban Stormwater Management through Project-Based Learning, a systemic meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE) implementation that will take place over 36 months. Arlington Public Schools is a diverse and inclusive urban school division located just outside of Washington, D.C. Serving a high population of underrepresented minorities, immigrants, and economically disadvantaged students, this project will provide MWEEs to high school students who have limited access to outdoor learning opportunities. This project includes systemic MWEE implementation across the school system and uses NOAA's resources for geographic literacy and the GLOBE program. The goal of this project is to provide all high school biology students with a comprehensive understanding of how stormwater runoff affects the local watersheds and to assist students in developing solutions through project-based learning.
Duration: July 2016-June 2019
B-WET Funding: $250,000
Nonfederal Match: $306,000

Organization: Boxerwood Nature Center
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570209
Project Name: Project NEST (Nurturing Environmental Stewardship Together) Plus
Overview: With support from a previous B-WET award, NEST is now a well-functioning program annually implementing meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for 1,500 second- through eighth-grade students across three divisions:(Buena Vista City Public Schools, Lexington City Schools, Rockbridge County Schools). NEST Plus addresses the emerging needs of more than 30 previously trained NEST teachers by providing maintenance level professional support as they continue to implement student MWEEs across the K-8 continuum. To strengthen this critical leverage point, NEST Plus will create mechanisms for building leadership within this group, while also providing ongoing workshops, one-on-one coaching, and stipends. The project also serves a new audience—secondary students—by implementing NEST programs for the first time at the high school level, thus completing the NEST–12 continuum. Buena Vista City Schools is ready to implement these MWEE modules systemically across all Earth science, geology, and STEM high school classes; teachers are in place, eager to pilot them.
Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $171,404
Nonfederal Match: $57,141

Organization: Hampton City Schools
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570213
Project Title: Hampton Systemic Environmental Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.)
Overview: Hampton City Schools (HCS) will partner with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to create a systemic environmental education program that will reach all students (elementary, middle, and high school) in targeted grade levels and courses and embed quality environmental education into the science curriculum. The HCS and CBF partnership will build teacher capacity to develop and implement meaningful watershed education experiences (MWEEs) into science classes. The project will use resources from NOAA, NGS, and other environmental education partners. Over the three-year grant period, the project will:

  • Provide professional development for 30-36 elementary and 30-36 secondary teachers,
  • Develop curriculum that integrates field investigations and MWEE opportunities into the HCS science curriculum,
  • Engage approximately 10 principals and administrators in environmental leadership,
  • Provide job-embedded professional development to enable teachers to successfully implement MWEEs and research/service projects,
  • Engage elementary, middle, and high school students (approximately 8,000) in model MWEEs and research/service projects, and
  • Use appropriate technology to collect, analyze and report data and document the program experiences.

Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $360,000
Nonfederal Match: $105.608

Organization: York County School Division
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570212
Project Title: Project-Based Environmental Literacy Program
Overview: The goal of the Project-Based Environmental Literacy Program is to improve the environmental stewardship of York County School Division (YCSD) students by increasing student engagement and achievement in science, improving student scientific inquiry skills, and increasing awareness of local watershed issues. Through a cohort professional development model, teachers will develop the capacity to engage students in project-based scientific inquiry through meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEE). Over this three-year program, YCSD will partner with the Chesapeake Experience to deliver rigorous professional learning for science teachers through a combination of classroom and field experiences, so they may increase their capacity to design and implement project-based MWEE lessons that incorporate scientific inquiry. This grant award will enable YCSD to systemically implement MWEEs into the district’s science curriculum, providing all sixth-grade, seventh-grade life science, and Earth science and biology students with field experiences and access to authentic data collection tools.
Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $225,000
Nonfederal Match: $44,109

Organization: Fairfax County Public Schools
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570211
Project Title: Promoting Systemic Stewardship through Engineering Design and Action
Overview: Each year many Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) life science students participate in outdoor field experiences, but far fewer complete an action project to improve the environment. Helping develop and implement a stewardship project is a complex task, which requires that teachers possess a deep understanding of the Bay, factors affecting its “health” and how to conduct project-based learning projects with students. With NOAA funding, FCPS is designing and delivering a professional development (PD) program to 20 life science middle school teachers each year for three years to help teachers gain the requisite knowledge and skills to successfully lead their students in the design and implementation of a MWEE-related stewardship project. PD resources will also be created that can be used by other educators. The PD will be designed around components shown from research to support effective PD and will incorporate the use of a wide variety of human and technological resources—including materials available from NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Office website—to build teachers' background knowledge about environmental issues related to the Bay and its watershed. All aspects of the PD align with NOAA’s priority to improve systemic MWEE implementation and promote the overall strategic goal of "hands-on learning, teacher training, creating educational resources, and outreach.”
Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $150,123
Nonfederal Match: $36,024

Organization: Friends of the Rappahannock
Grant Number: NA15NMF4570207
Project Title: The Student Stewardship Experience: A Restoration Science MWEE
Overview: This project will implement sustainable meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE) programs in the public school districts of the six counties in the Rappahannock River watershed: Richmond, Lancaster, Middlesex, Essex, Westmoreland, and King George. In order to meet this goal, Friends of the Rappahannock will achieve three objectives: 1) provide professional development to teachers on content knowledge and MWEE design, 2) work with teachers to implement MWEEs at their schools, and 3) incorporate technology into MWEE programs.This project supports the Systemic MWEE Implementation NOAA B-WET program priority by reaching all of the sixth grade students in each district. In addition, this project will use NOAA staff for professional development support, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System for data collection, and National Geographic’s FieldScope for data sharing.
Duration: July 2015-June 2018
B-WET Funding: $239,112
Nonfederal Match: $27,507

Organization: Mary Baldwin College in partnership with Staunton City Public Schools
Grant Number: NA14NMF4570264
Project Title: Seeds of Learning Project
Overview: Staunton City Public Schools will implement a program designed to promote sustainable practices in their schools, particularly related to food systems and healthy agriculture. With a direct connection to the curriculum and to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and local tributaries, teachers and students will participate in active investigations of school-based practices related to food systems and water quality, develop strategies for more ecofriendly policies, and take steps to make their schools healthier and greener. The focus of the project will be development of local food gardens and relationships with local farmers for obtaining cafeteria food supplies; promotion of healthy eating habits and reduction of water and food waste at the schools; and improvements to schoolground conservation via soil conditioning, plantings, and erosion/stormwater control.
Duration: June 2014-November 2018
NOAA Funding: $199,477
Nonfederal Match: $63,898

West Virginia

Organization: Cacapon Institute
Grant Number: NA16NMF4570294
Project Title: Emerging Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for West Virginia Regional Education Service Area Eight to Provide Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training to Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Students
Overview: NOAA B-WET funding will focus on improving the formal education components of PHLOW (Potomac Headwaters Leaders of Watersheds) and assist Cacapon Institute in realizing their goal of moving toward a systemic meaninful watershed educational experience (MWEE) in West Virginia. Cacapon Institute believes there is a need to pursue MWEEs in West Virginia’s Potomac Basin, the West Virginia area within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This project will expand outreach and develop classroom based and extracurricular activities to promote project-based and STEM learning opportunities for MWEE. Just as important as the funding, a NOAA B-WET award will recognize the importance of pursuing MWEE in West Virginia and promote possible future state participation in the Environmental Literacy Management Strategy. NOAA B-WET’s rigorous evaluation will also bring much needed critical review of PHLOW.
Duration: July 2016-June 2019
B-WET Funding: $80,069
Nonfederal Match: $30,200

Multistate

Organization: Earth Force
Grant Number: NA17NMF4570276
Project Title: Alliance to Advance Student Action Projects
Overview: Earth Force will develop materials that provide to school divisions and interested organizations best practices and the planning tools needed to implement youth action projects. It will also assist school divisions and environmental education organizations to develop the capacity to incorporate student action projects into their MWEE programming. The project addresses the priority of State/Multi-State K-12 Environmental Literacy Initiatives. Earth Force will deliver the project by conducting a deep exploration and analysis of into the problems and barriers, and convening planning meetings, learning sessions, conference calls, and professional development workshops.
Duration: July 2017-July 2020
B-WET Funding: $99,948
Nonfederal Match: $15,069

Organization: Chesapeake Bay Trust
Grant Number: NA17NMF4570275
Project Title: Environmental Education Capacity Building in the Chesapeake Region: A Mini-Grants Program and Special Initiative Effort in Partnership with NOAA
Overview: The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s project involves the administration of an existing grant program called the “Mini Pre-K-12 Environmental Education Grant Program (Mini Grant Program)”, This partnership between NOAA and the Trust provides small environmental education grants of up to $5,000. These mini-grant projects take place in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Mini-grant projects typically includes field excursions to water-based educational activities, and small-scale hands-on restoration projects such as schoolyard habitat improvements. Additionally, funds will be used to address known challenges to MWEE framework adoption through a variety of methods including conferences, workshops and the development of products and resources.
Duration: October 2017-Septebmer 2020
B-WET Funding: $285,633
Nonfederal Match: $100,000

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