For More Information:

Amy Clark

B-WET Program Manager,
Gulf of Mexico
NOAA Fisheries Southeast
Regional Office
Building 1100, Room 202D
Stennis Space Center, MS
39529
Office: (228) 688-1520
Mobile: (727) 466-8586
Fax: (228) 688-3142
Email: amy.clark@noaa.gov

The Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program (Gulf B-WET) 

Photo of workers writing while in boatsBegun in 2008, the Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program is an environmental education program that supports experiential learning through local competitive grants. The Gulf B-WET flier provides a summary of the Gulf B-WET program.

NOAA recognizes that knowledge and commitment built from firsthand experience, especially in the context of one’s community and culture, is essential for achieving environmental stewardship. Experiences that are driven by rigorous academic learning standards, engender discovery and wonder, and nurture a sense of community will connect students with their watershed. These experiences will also reinforce an ethic of responsible citizenship and promote academic achievement.

The cornerstone of B-WET is the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE). A MWEE is and educational experience that:

Additionally, Gulf of Mexico B-WET projects support the priority issues of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a partnership of the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with the goal of significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. The Alliance has identified the following regionally significant priority issues :

The Gulf B-WET Program is one of seven B-WET regional programs across the country including California, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, Great Lakes and the Pacific Northwest. These seven programs make up the National NOAA B-WET Program which responds to regional education and environmental priorities through local implementation.

 
Funded Gulf B-WET Projects

Since its beginning in 2008, the Gulf B-WET Program has funded 28 awards in each of the five Gulf States.

Click here for a summary of funded projects in the region.



 

 
Watershed Education Resources

 

 Click here for the Gulf B-WET Flier