2021 NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program

California B-WET funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs).

MWEEs involve learning both outdoors and in the classroom as students engage in issue definition, outdoor field experiences, synthesis and conclusions,

and action projects.

The goal is to increase understanding and stewardship of the ocean, its local watersheds, and special areas like national marine sanctuaries.

Projects advance the Next Generation Science Standards, the California Environmental Literacy Standards, and the Ocean and Climate Literacy Essential Principles.

This year, COVID-19 has significantly impacted the ability of environmental education providers to engage with schools and therefore meaningfully reach students and teachers.

The loss of programs will have lasting repercussions on the targeted audiences of these programs and to the institutions who provide these services.

The NOAA B-WET program recognizes that support is needed to bridge the gap that has been created by the loss of revenue, the cancellation of programs, and the inequities that are being exacerbated by the pandemic.

Given this, the CA B-WET funding announcement focuses on the following priority areas:
1) Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) Implementation in School Districts (professional development for teachers and student experiences), 2) Teacher Professional Development for Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs), 3) Meaningful Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and 4) Continuation Projects that Focus on Student MWEEs.

The terms used throughout each Section are defined as follows:

Monterey Bay watershed—the counties of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo; b.

San Francisco Bay watershed—the counties of Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Napa and Santa Rosa; c.

Santa Barbara Channel watershed—the counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura.
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Agency: Department of Commerce

Office: Department of Commerce

Estimated Funding: $1,000,000

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Eligible applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, community-based and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments.

For profit organizations, foreign organizations, and foreign public entities are not eligible to apply.

However, for-profit and foreign organizations and foreign public entities may participate with an eligible applicant as a project partner.

Likewise, Federal agencies are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this announcement, but may be project partners.

Applicants must be located within the U. S. and can be physically located in any state, but must work within the geographic boundaries of the Monterey Bay, San Francisco Bay or Santa Barbara Channel watersheds.

Projects whose sole audience is outside the watersheds outlined above are not eligible.

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