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NOAA Watershed STEM Education Partnership Grant

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Education and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) to implement the Watershed STEM Education Partnership program. 

A goal of this program is to foster new partnerships between environmental education providers and local 21st CCLC sites to design and implement locally relevant out-of-school time programs focused on watershed-related STEM topics. Students at these sites will work directly with scientists around the country to increase their understanding of watershed and related ecosystems as well as strategies to help protect and restore these aquatic environments.

Project Overview (pdf) (Note: Dates are subject to change)

Forty-six NOAA partners proposed projects to serve 21st CCLC sites in 20 states. We are pleased to inform you that five sites serving New York State were selected. Below you will find information about selected organizations and the 21st CCLC sites to be served during the 2020-2022 school years.

NOAA Partners City, State - 21st CCLC Partner Sites

Project Title

Names of 21st CCLC sites to be served

(total of 5 sites)

Friends of Reinstein Woods

Buffalo, NY

Cheektowaga, NY

Watershed STEM in the Schoolyard

  • Buffalo Public School #45 International School
  • Buffalo Public School #93; Southside Elementary
  • Maryvale Intermediate School
New York Sea Grant (Cornell) Niagara Falls, NY

Taking Root: A meaningful watershed experience for Niagara Falls youth

  • Hyde Park Elementary
  • Gaskill Prep Middle School

For more information, please visit:

NYS 21st CCLC programs can email with additional inquiries or questions about this STEM initiative.

The New York State Education Department is looking forward to this learning experience with our youth! 

Last Updated: June 30, 2022