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Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) Award Application Reminder 2022


Just a gentle reminder for you to share the news about the PA Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) Awards application and deadline.

MWEE Awards applications (either nominations of others or self-nominations) are due December 1, 2021.

The MWEE Partner of Excellence and the MWEE School of Excellence Award are two annual awards intended to celebrate outstanding support of and/or implementation of the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) in PA.  MWEEs are learner-centered experiences that focus on student investigations into local environmental issues that lead to informed action and civic engagement. In their 2020 pilot year, the awards recognized three non-formal education partners (e.g., municipalities, nature centers, environmental education providers) and three PreK-12 formal educational institutions (e.g., schools or school districts) throughout Pennsylvania. Both awards are part of statewide watershed education capacity-building initiatives of the NOAA-funded (Grant #NA17NMF4570274) Pennsylvania Environmental Literacy and MWEE Capacity-Building Project. For a list of previous winners, please click here. For eligibility and application information, please click here.

Individual schools, school districts, and non-formal education partners, such as a conservation district, nature center, or state park, or community partner who does outstanding work engaging Pennsylvania’s K-12 students in Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences are invited to apply.

Interested parties may nominate themselves or others for one of two MWEE Awards — one for schools and one for partners! Celebrated at the annual conference of the PA Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE), the MWEE Partner of Excellence Award and the MWEE School of Excellence Award celebrate inspiring implementation of MWEEs, or learner-centered experiences that focus on local environmental issues that lead to informed action and civic engagement.

Selected awardees for both MWEE Awards will be notified via email by Monday, January 10, 2022. Awardees will be formally recognized on Tuesday, March 23, 2022, during the lunchtime awards banquet at the 2022 PAEE Virtual Conference. Selected awardees will be asked to provide 3-4 photos of their MWEE. Applicants should ensure they have permissions to distribute and share all photographs.

All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, December 1, 2021 11:59 p.m. EST, via the online application forms found here MWEE Awards (

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