Integrating NOAA Science in Out-of-School Time

Overview of Projects

In 2017, program activities include a wide variety of field experiences and environmental education lessons for youth in watersheds across the nation, implemented by partner organizations funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. For example, students in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County in California will explore a nearby coastal ecosystem to learn about the adjacent Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. In the Pacific Northwest, funds will support elementary and middle school students participating in hands-on STEM lessons to investigate salmon recovery in Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. Students in the Gulf region will participate in project-based experiential learning that culminates in the creation of two murals that illustrate the natural and human connections between the watershed and Galveston Bay. 

Funded projects are described below. As these projects are completed, this page will be updated with project resources and results.

2017 Project Activities

Organization: Artist Boat

Location: Galveston, Texas

"How Do You Back the Bay?" will provide 40-50 middle school students with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) project-based and experiential learning. They will learn how watersheds are physically connected to the Galveston Bay and how actions taken at a local level will improve water quality regionally.

Organization: Boxerwood Education Association

Location: Lexington, Virginia

"SPLASH! (Students Pursuing Learning & Adventure with STEM Happenings)" will engage elementary and middle school students in the Chesapeake Bay headwaters with STEM watershed programming. Activities include streamside investigations with guest scientists and a public Save-the-Bay event.

Organization: Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit–Center for Schools and Communities

Location: Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

The "Green STEMs Project" will build environmental education knowledge, skills and confidence in 8-10 afterschool educators and 200 students through four programs located within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Organization: EdAdvance

Location: Litchfield, Connecticut

"WoW! The Wonders of Watersheds" will provide high-interest experiential watershed education for 140 Waterbury students and 10 teachers. They will engage in a series of multimodal, on-site indoor and outdoor learning opportunities that demonstrate how diverse bodies of water and landscapes are part of a watershed.

Organization: Environmental Science Center

Location: Burien, Washington

"Salmon Heroes: STEM Training for 21st CCLC Staff and Students" will improve environmental and science literacy for 120 underserved students and 30-40 staff. Students will engage in salmon recovery through hands-on learning and outdoor field studies.

Organization: Friends of Deckers Creek

Location: Dellslow, West Virginia

"21st Century Watershed Education on Deckers Creek" will serve the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club with a watershed health and pollutants curriculum; technical and literacy education; experiential learning through field trips; and student-driven, solution-based research projects.

Organization: Inland Seas Education Association

Location: Suttons Bay, Michigan

"21st CCLC Great Lakes Watershed Field Course and STEM Showcase" will inspire students to consider STEM fields as a means of protecting the Great Lakes through a series of seven unique meaningful watershed environmental education experiences.

Organization: Living Classrooms Foundation

Location: Baltimore, Maryland 

"Future STEM Leaders" will provide inquiry-based learning experiences for 60 students. Activities will focus on the issue of marine debris, and will include integrated professional development for 21st CCLC partner staff.

Organization: Malama Kai Foundation

Location: Kamuela, Hawaii

"Ocean Warriors: Watershed–STEM Learning and Action for 21st Century Kohala" will bring meaningful, place-based watershed environmental education experiences to Kohala Middle School through stewardship/action projects that emphasize STEM skills and expose students to marine careers.

Organization: Marine Science Institute

Location: Redwood City, California

"Watershed Investigators" will expose 26 students from Siena Youth Center to STEM topics, career fields, and perspectives on their local watershed’s connection to the ocean and climate change.

Organization: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Journeys into the Watershed-Making Connections" will engage two 21st CCLCs in a seven-week experience that reinforces STEM skills and provides watershed-focused, place-based learning with extensive field experiences.

Organization: Mississippi State University–Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

Location: Biloxi, Mississippi

"Getting to Know the Magnolia Bayou through Science, Arts and Culture" will provide 50 students and two teachers with STEAM watershed education. They will learn about watershed dynamics, the impacts of stormwater runoff on water quality and quantity, and the important role of watershed planning and action.

Organization: Oregon State University

Location: Corvallis, Oregon

"Increasing Environmental Literacy Through Meaningful STEM-based Watershed Studies" will work with SMILE clubs to directly engage nine teachers and 87 students in afterschool clubs to educate them about watersheds and watershed issues. The project will provide professional development and curriculum resources.

Organization: RE Sources for Sustainable Communities

Location: Bellingham, Washington

The summer "Young Water Stewards" program will engage middle school students from rural Skagit County in STEM investigations of how human land-use practices impact the health of their local watershed. Activities will include in-class lessons, water quality testing and field visits.

Organization: Salem Sound CoastWatch

Location: Salem, Massachusetts

"STEAMing Ahead in Our Watershed" will immerse underserved students in place-based environmental education incorporating STEM and the arts (STEAM) while increasing ocean literacy and inspiring ocean stewardship.

Organization: Save the Bay

Location: Providence, Rhode Island

"Navigating and Discovering Your Watershed" will develop 21st CCLC staff and student skills and interests in the STEM fields and increase environmental literacy through participation in hands-on exploration of the local Narragansett Bay Watershed as well as a watershed protection project.

Organization: Turtle Island Restoration Network

Location: Forest Knolls, California

"Headwaters to the Sea Summer Environmental Education and Educator Development Program" will provide professional development for 40 day camp educators and implement meaningful watershed education experiences for at least 100 children and youth served by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County.