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NOAA's New England Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET)

B-WET is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning for K-12 school students. B-WET administers a competitive funding process that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences that:

Maritime Gloucester Ocean Explorers. Credit: Maritime Gloucester

New England B-WET focuses on the priorities and challenges facing New England watersheds by helping students and teachers use the tools of science to understand their local watershed system and its benefits. By conducting investigative projects outdoors for their learning experiences, students become more interested in science, technology, engineering and math. And, by focusing on watersheds where they live, students and teachers can become knowledgeable stewards of their local environment.

New England B-WET targets the States of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. To be eligible, applicants must work with an audience in the targeted geography, but do not need to be from one of these states. 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 may apply.

The New England B-WET 2016 Federal Funding Opportunity for FY 2017 Funds is now available.

The New England B-WET program is hosted by the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Gloucester, MA. Please contact Colleen Coogan at or 978-281-9181 or Deirdre Kimball at or 978-281-9290 for additional information.