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Bay Backpack provides educators with the tools they need to support Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences, or MWEEs, for their students. Explore Bay Backpack for teaching resources, action projects, field experiences, and funding opportunities related to the Chesapeake Bay.

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What is a MWEE?

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences, or MWEEs, are the cornerstone upon which the region’s environmental literacy efforts have been built. MWEEs connect standards-based classroom learning with outdoor field experiences to create a deeper understanding of the environment. Through MWEEs, students of all ages develop a sense of environmental ethics and stewardship that will be essential to the long-term sustainability of our local watersheds and will serve as the foundation of a lifelong relationship with the environment.

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Popular MWEE Resources for Educators

Teaching Resources

Discover a wealth of environment-related books, multimedia, curriculum guides, individual lesson plans and data sources.

Action Projects

Effectively plan, utilize & sustain a wide variety of school environmental projects.

Field Experiences

Find a field trip that gets your students' feet wet and hands dirty.

Need funding for your MWEE?

Find grant programs in your state.

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Summer Opportunities on Climate Change Action Education

The NOAA Environmental Science Training Center (ESTC) will be offering two virtual opportunities for educators this summer focused on climate change.

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