The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Office has awarded more than $2 million in environmental education grants to institutions in five states in the Chesapeake Bay region and in Washington, DC. The grants are offered through NOAA’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program and promote experiential learning for K-12 students.
12 institutions in Maryland will receive a total of roughly $850,000 in fiscal year 2015 funding through the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program, while 13 Virginia programs will share nearly $1.1 million. In Pennsylvania, four projects will receive a total of $302,000; in Delaware, one project will receive $44,000; in New York, one project will receive $75,000; and in Washington, D.C., one project will receive $87,000.
B-WET is an environmental education program that supports locally relevant, experience-based learning for grades K-12. It is a competitive funding program that promotes meaningful watershed educational experiences that help students understand, protect, and restore the Chesapeake. Funded projects include rigorous academic learning that helps connect students with the Bay and reinforces responsible citizenship and academic achievement.
Funded projects will support work by public school systems, universities, state agencies, outdoor learning centers, and nonprofit organizations located across both states to deliver high-quality outdoor educational experiences tied to classroom learning as well as teacher training.
A detailed list of the grantees, the amount awarded, and overview of the projects is available online at http://www.chesapeakebay.noaa.gov/education-hot-topics/noaa-chesapeake-b-wet-announces-fy15-funding.
source: NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
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