Great Lakes Region Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET)
This effort took place in 2019, prior to social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19.
Announcing FY20 Great Lakes B-WET Program grants:
- City of Chicago Board of Education: Calumet Is My Back Yard: Burnham Park Expansion
- Eastern Michigan University: Stormwater Stewards, Youth-Led Responses to Community Watershed Challenges
- Flint River Watershed Coalition: Flint River Bridges, Year Two
- Friends of the Rouge: The Rouge Education Project
- Grand Valley State University: Deer Creek GEEKS
- Hope College: K-12 Students Jump into West Michigan Watershed
- Huron Pines: Terrestrial Systems Today for Healthy Waters Tomorrow
- Lake Superior State University: Developing Great Lakes Stewards through Place-making In Urban and Rural Classrooms
- Muskegon Area Intermediate School District: The Power of Place: Connecting Students to Their Watershed
- St. John Fisher College: Our Lakes, Streams, and Rivers: Experiential Education and Stewardship in the Lake Ontario Watershed
- University of Toledo: Great Lakes Student Research Campaign: Engaging Students and Teachers in Authentic Watershed Studies
The FY20 Great Lakes B-WET grant opportunity is now closed. The FY21 application period is expected to open in May/June 2020.
The NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program offers competitive grants to support existing environmental education programs, foster the growth of new programs, and encourage development of partnerships among environmental education programs within watershed systems. The criteria for these awards emphasize Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs): sustained, hands-on, environmental activities that are aligned with academic learning standards.
These experiential opportunities are intended to supplement and enrich the traditional formal learning environment, and target both teachers and students in K-12. Rigorous evaluation has shown that B-WET activities increase teachers' confidence, ability, and intention to employ MWEE techniques with their students. Student experiences in turn have been shown to increase intention to take action to improve the watershed, and have the potential to increase academic achievement in science.