Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar

B-WET Education Program

Pacific Northwest B-WET Logo The Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program is an environmental education program that supports locally relevant experiential learning in the K-12 environment.

Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Pacific Northwest. The primary delivery is through competitive grants.


2017 Pacific Northwest Bay-Watershed Education and Training Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement

Details: NOAA's Office of Education is now seeking proposals under the Pacific Northwest Bay-Watershed Education and Training (PNW B-WET) Program. The full FY2017 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2017-2005088

Applicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on January 4, 2017 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details.

Website: Click here.

Contact: Jacqueline Laverdure, NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, (360) 457-6622 ext. 21, Jacqueline.Laverdure@noaa.gov or Kevin Grant, NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, (360) 457-6622 ext. 15, Kevin.Grant@noaa.gov.

Pacific Northwest B-WET Resources:
NOAA B-WET Webinar Presentation - November 13, 2015
Presented by National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Relations Manager Audrey Milner

This entry-level grant writing webinar focused on how to prepare a competitive B-WET proposal. Techniques covered in this webinar may also increase your organization's capacity to identify and prepare competitive grant proposals to other funding sources.

New 2016 Pacific Northwest B-WET recipients:





Oregon Department of State Lands - South Slough Reserve
The Oregon Coast Education Program - Building Capacity for Stewardship
The Oregon Coast Education Program (OCEP) is a network of institutions that has advanced K-12 marine and coastal education throughout Oregon since 2009. This project will harness the power of OCEP alumni teachers, project partners, developed education modules, and lessons learned to dive deeper into the implementation of OCEP education modules and best practices in local schools. The project will be implemented by a leadership team of K-12 mentor teachers working with the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Sea Grant, the High Desert Museum, Portland State University – Center for Science Education and three Oregon STEM Hubs to offer mentor teachers training on leadership skills and implementing meaningful watershed education experiences (MWEEs) with peer teachers. OCEP project coordinators will work with OCEP mentor teachers to strengthen the integration of coastal education in four Oregon communities on the Oregon Coast, Bend and Portland. The project will directly impact 10 OCEP teachers who will work with 30 new teachers and 800 students.

Charleston, OR


Oregon State University
StreamWebs Student Stewardship Network

StreamWebs is a watershed stewardship network with five components: (1) field and classroom support; (2) an online watershed database that facilitates student data analysis, peer to peer learning, and content sharing; (3) Watershed Monitoring Kits that provide access to the tools necessary to conduct a field studies; (4) StreamWebs curriculum materials that provide teachers with guidance for setting up an investigation and following up with field data back in the classroom; (5) hands-on field trainings in water quality, aquatic macroinvertebrates, photopoint monitoring, riparian surveys, etc. During the third year of this project, Oregon Sea Grant intends to maintain and expand resource accessibility and support for existing StreamWes.org users, amplify the local relevance of the StreamWebs program by providing focused, hands-on field and classroom support for 8-10 educators (formal and informal), and provide professional development for teachers throughout Oregon. This project will directly work with over 700 students, and provide professional development for at least forty other educators and volunteers, along with maintaining support for the over 650 registered StreamWebs.org users, that will conservatively reach an additional 2500 students.

Corvallis, OR


Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
Watershed Science in Action
This project will provide meaningful watershed learning experiences to 780 students from underserved communities in the lower Columbia River estuary, including schools in Pacific and Wahkiakum counties in Washington, and Clatsop and Columbia counties in Oregon, bringing concepts of watershed ecology and coastal and marine environments alive through outdoor and classroom experiences. Project components include classroom lessons and field experiences. Participants will learn about local watersheds, ocean and estuarine environments, local environmental issues, and demonstrate increased appreciation and knowledge of their watershed through measurable program evaluations.

Portland, OR


Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group
Watershed Connections – Hands-on Salmon, Climate and Ocean Science
This project supports ten meaningful watershed education experiences (MWEEs) with eight school districts in Eastern Washington. This proposal reaches 1,300 4th – 12th grade students (and 28 teachers), helping students connect salmon recovery and local watershed issues to ocean ecosystems (including lessons on ocean acidification). Each MWEE includes in-class preparation, hands-on restoration and/or monitoring at a restoration project site, and in-class reflection and follow-up. Each MWEE is tailored to meet the needs of the individual school, and to demonstrate to teachers the value and feasibility of MWEEs.

White Salmon, WA


Environmental Science Center
Salmon Heroes: Watershed Education and Water Quality Training for Underserved Students
This project is an education and stewardship program which uses project-based learning to train the next generation of environmental leaders. Salmon Heroes will educate approximately 1,200 students and 200 adults on watershed issues and improve their stewardship behaviors through hands-on learning in an outdoor setting.

Burien, WA


Feiro Marine Life Center
NOW (North Olympic Watershed) Science Program
This project will provide meaningful watershed educational experiences for approximately 960 elementary and middle school students and 50 teachers in four school districts on Washington’s North Olympic Peninsula in hands-on, inquiry and place-based field investigations. Customized multi-disciplinary curriculum will build core science literacy, culminating with peer teaching opportunities and a community-focused student showcase.

Port Angeles, WA


Lummi Indian Business Council
Lummi Nation Youth: Water Quality, Watersheds and Salmon
This project will engage 1st - 5th grade students at the Lummi Nation Schools in active stewardship of the environment, focusing on the impacts of poor water quality and development in the watershed on the health of salmon and shellfish. Students will learn about watersheds, water quality and storm water runoff through lessons and building watershed models. Students learn best with hands-on activities, and will learn about how to protect water quality through the watershed model, planting trees, taking water quality samples, conducting a storm water structure survey on their school grounds, touring Lummi Nation Natural Resources Department (LNR) salmon and shellfish hatcheries, and through a clam survey and traditional clam bake. The lessons will be provided using best available science, data collection and inquiry and will meet state curriculum standards. The lessons will also be culturally relevant and will connect the importance of watershed health and water quality to the abundance and health of salmon and shellfish – which are culturally important food sources for the Lummi Community. LNR will partner with Lummi Nation Schools, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Washington State University Extension Program, Stillaguamish Tribe and Snow Goose to implement this program.

Bellingham, WA


RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
Rural Watershed Stewards Program
This project will engage 275-450 high school students in investigations of how human land-use practices impact the health of their local watershed through in-class lessons, water quality testing, field visits in the watershed, studying Best Management Practices and reporting on what they learned. High school students from rural Whatcom County communities will be led by RE Sources staff through two introductory lessons to provide background education on watersheds and the sources and issues with non-point water pollution. The students will then participate in a field experience to survey their local watershed, including a tour of several areas of their watershed to conduct sampling at diversely impacted areas within the watershed, measuring water quality at a minimum of three distinct locations (forested stream, urban stream and rural/agriculturally-impacted stream). A follow-up lesson will be conducted to compare and contrast the collected data. Results will be used to discuss Best Management Practices, how they are informed by Best Available Science and the value of individual stewardship actions. The students will conclude the project by creating stewardship videos or community presentations sharing the data they collected, their observations and their recommendations for stewardship activities.

Bellingham, WA


The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Students for Salmon (SFS) Program
This project is a hands-on elementary education program utilizing the marine and estuarine environments and surrounding watersheds of Whatcom County, Washington to provide meaningful environmental education opportunities to more than 1,100 students. Through a strong complement of outdoor and classroom experiences, 45+ teachers from public, tribal, private and homeschool cooperative schools are provided at no cost with locally relevant, inquiry-based watershed science that is fully aligned with state standards.

Bellingham, WA


See Archived 2015 Pacific Northwest B-WET Recipients

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