Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, tribal governments, IHEs, and K-12 schools in multiple states for environmental education programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take at least three weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support current high-quality programs, advance the development of new, innovative programs, and foster capacity building and partnership development for programming throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. Eligible states include Maryland, Washington, DC, and parts of Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Chesapeake B-WET funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed states. MWEEs involve learning both outdoors and in the classroom as students engage in issue definition, outdoor field experiences, synthesis and conclusions, and stewardship and civic action. The goal is to increase understanding and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and local watersheds, including the rivers, upland streams, and natural habitats found throughout the region. Projects advance the environmental literacy goal of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and the NOAA Education Strategic Plan.
Chesapeake B-WET emphasizes the development of programs that reach all students in a given grade level across an entire school district to create systemic change in school districts. Successful projects advance the environmental literacy goal of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and goals of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan. They provide hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the watershed for students and related professional development for teachers, administrators, and other educators who serve formal K-12 audiences. B-WET supports Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences, which are learner-centered experiences that focus on investigations into local environmental issues that lead to informed action and civic engagement.This funding announcement has two priorities, numbered without regard to importance for funding: 1) Implementing MWEEs in School Districts and 2) Supporting School District Capacity for Environmental Literacy. For more information on program priorities, see p. 12 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.For NOAA special interest areas, see p. 16 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.