Expanding Environmental Literacy and Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) Implementation Capacity Across Pa.

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This statewide project builds capacity for environmental literacy and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and other watersheds in Pennsylvania by expanding the inclusion and implementation of environmental education, particularly MWEEs, in schools. PDE supported initial planning of the PA Gateway to Green website to further support EE providers like classroom teachers, nonformal educators, and guardians/caregivers.

Funded by:

  • 2022: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Pa. Department of Education (PDE)
  • 2020–2021: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Project Leads:

  • 2022: Steven C. Kerlin; Tamara Peffer (Pa. Department of Education); Michelle Niedermeier (Pa. Sea Grant Program)
  • 2020–2021: Steven C. Kerlin; Tamara Peffer (Pa. Department of Education)

Collaborators: Mandy Nix and Steve Mohapp; Bert Myers and Juan Serrat (Pa. Department of Environmental Protection); Jessica Kester and Matt Marsden (Pa. Association of Environmental Educators); Carissa Longo (Pa. Bureau of State Parks); Nanette Marcum-Dietrich (Millersville University); Jenn Fetter (Penn State Extension); Paul Joyce (West Chester Area School District); Erin McCool (Riverbend Environmental Center); Lauren Beal (Lancaster-Lebanon IU); Ellen Schults (Fairmount Water Works); Kelly Byrne (Downingtown School District); Carrie Lankford (Red Lion School District); Tarrea Potter (Chesapeake Bay Foundation); Kevin Willis (Carmichaels School District); Camila Rivera-Tinsley (Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pa.); Alexandra Konsur-Grushinski and Stephanie Williams (NEPA STEM Ecosystem); Rebecca Gibboney (BLAST IU); Hannah Evans (IU 5); Demetrius Roberts (Pa. Dept. of Education); Kammas Kersch (Chester County IU); Stephon Fitzpatrick (Pa. Department of Agriculture); Heather Brooks

Project Years: 2020, 2021, 2022