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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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Teaching Resources

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

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Action Projects

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

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Field Experiences

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

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Need funding for your MWEE?

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Fifth grade students lean over a table outdoors to observe benthic macroinvertebrates collected from nearby streams at Buckland Mills Elementary School in Gainesville, Va.

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office awards its 2,000th certificate to trained environmental educators

Online course trains educators to develop Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences.

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