NOAA Awards San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Education Grants

September 4, 2008

NOAA has announced the presentation of 15 education grants totaling $799,000 to San Francisco area schools and non-profit groups. The grants, part of NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program, will support environmental education projects focused on NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries, which are located off the north-central California coast.

Funding was awarded to school districts and nonprofit organizations, many benefiting underprivileged students. Programs will take place in San Francisco, Marin, and Alameda counties and focus on two areas: meaningful watershed educational experiences for students, and professional development for educators. Several projects received funding up to $60,000.

Among the 15 grantees are:

 “These grants will support learning experiences that will inspire an ocean conservation ethic in our children that is critical to protecting our local national marine sanctuaries and the greater ocean environment,” said Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Maria Brown.

The NOAA B-WET Program was established in 2002 to enhance environmental stewardship among students, teachers and communities through education. Recognizing that an educated community is the key to understanding and sustaining the nation’s ocean and coastal environments, NOAA has developed B-WET programs across the United States.

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries seeks to increase the public awareness of America’s marine resources and maritime heritage by conducting scientific research, monitoring, exploration and educational programs. Today, the sanctuary program manages 13 national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument that together encompass more than 150,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes natural and cultural resources.

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.