B-WET is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning for K-12 school students and teachers. Through NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the Great Lakes B-WET program offers competitive grants, funded in part through GLRI funds, which promote “Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences” (MWEEs). Goals of the program are to: support existing environmental education programs focused on the K-12 audience, foster growth of new watershed education programs, and encourage the development of partnerships among environmental education programs across the Great Lakes watershed.
Only, 12 proposals of the 40 submitted were awarded funding. Pennsylvania Sea Grant Great Lakes-Great Stewards was one of them. Both students and teachers will incorporate watershed stewardship practices in the classroom, out in the field and in the water, and in other arenas of education. Also awarded was a joint project between Ohio Sea Grant, Indiana/Illinois Sea Grant, New York Sea Grant and PASG. Teachers from Pennsylvania and Ohio participated in a workshop on June 19-21 to learn more about Great Lakes and Lake Erie Literacy. MWEEs like kayaking on Lake Erie helped the teachers learn how they can provide similar learning opportunities for their students.