Waterways Resources from NOAA



NOAA's B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. The delivery of B-WET occurs primarily through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). The program is national in scope with 7 regional programs: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.

Estuaries Education

National Estuarine Research Reserves serve as "living classrooms" for educators, students and the public in general. Research Reserves take a local approach in advancing estuary literacy and generating meaningful experiences for all kinds of people interested in learning about, protecting and restoring estuaries. Reserves provide adult audiences with training on estuarine issues of concern in their local communities; offer classes for K-12 students; support teachers through professional development programs in coastal and estuary education; and provide public education events.

Voices from Fisheries

The Voices from the Fisheries Database is a central repository for consolidating, archiving, and disseminating oral history interviews related to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing in the United States and its territories. Oral history interviews are a powerful way to document the human experience with our marine, coastal, and Great Lakes environments and our living marine resources. Each story archived here provides a unique example of this connection collected from fishermen, their spouses, processing workers, shoreside business workers and operators, recreational and subsistence fishermen, scientists, marine resources managers, and others --all among NOAA's fishery stakeholders.


Aquatic Food webs

Education resources focused on aquatic food webs in marine and freshwater environments and the threats to their sustained health

Climate Change Impacts

This Collection includes resources to help educators teach about the impacts (predicted and already observed) of climate change including changes in water distribution patterns and weather.

Great Lakes Eco-Region

This Collection provides educators with an overview of the Great Lakes and some of the environmental issues facing this eco-region.

Marine Debris

This Collection provides educators with an overview of the Great Lakes and some of the environmental issues facing this eco-region.

Ocean Pollution

Lessons and resources for educators to use when teaching about the different types of pollution in the ocean and their sources.

Ocean Today

Current and archived videos of the Ocean Today kiosk exhibit located at the Sant Ocean Hall in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.


Resources that explore the causes of tides and the impacts on sea life and marine navigation in coastal and ocean waterways.

Water Cycle

Real-time data, hands-on activities and other resources to help educators make the water cycle a real-time relevant event.

Watersheds, Flooding and Pollution

Educational resources focused on human and watershed interactions; including pollution, flooding and runoff.

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