In 2017, program activities included a 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 explored a nearby coastal ecosystem to learn about the adjacent Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. In the Pacific Northwest, funds supported 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 of Mexico region created two murals that illustrate the natural and human connections between the watershed and Galveston Bay.
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.