The NOAA-21st CCLC Watershed STEM Education Partnership program builds off of a successful pilot program implemented in 2017, which awarded $500,000 to 17 projects that reached over 1,600 youth and 184 educators and staff at 37 21st CCLCs across the country. Pilot projects funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation included a variety of field experiences and environmental education lessons for youth in watersheds across the nation
Evaluation results indicated that these projects excelled at making STEM activities relevant to students’ lives and improved students’ understanding and awareness of their local watersheds. Pilot grantees also forged strong collaborations with local 21st CCLC sites, establishing relationships that have the potential to be sustained beyond the pilot program funding.
Select a region on the clickable map below to learn more about each of the 2017 funded pilot projects! Where available, materials and resources developed by these grantees are shared. Regions shown below here are based on areas eligible for pilot project activities, based on where the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program exists. Starred areas represent locations of 2017 pilot project participants