Since January 2018, Oregon Sea Grant has been providing MWEEs By the Sea educator workshops throughout the Oregon Coast STEM Hub to train educators to engage their students in Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). The free workshops target formal and informal educators of students in Grade 3-12.

In each workshop, participants engage in hands-on classroom and field activities related to watershed topics, and explore locally-available educational materials that can be checked out and used with students. The resources and best practices shared supported teachers to design and implement a Project Based Learning (PBL) unit.  All trainings focused on Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences and culminated in a Student Watershed Symposium event, but each workshop topic and grade level varied by location. The MWEEs by the Sea series is supported by grant funds from the NOAA Bay Watershed Education Training (B-WET) program.

Teacher Workshop Topics and Locations


  • Jan 6, 2018 - Watershed Monitoring and Habitat Restoration, Gr 6-12 in Rockaway Beach
  • Jan 20, 2018 - Marine Debris, Gr 6-12 in Newport
  • Jan 27, 2018 - Marine Debris, Gr 3-8 in Astoria
  • Feb 3, 2018 - Watershed Monitoring and Habitat Restoration, Gr. 3-8 in Coquille
  • Feb 17, 2018 - Climate Change, Gr 4-12 in Port Orford


Oregon Sea Grant received a second year of B-WET funding to provide additional workshops throughout the Oregon Coast STEM Hub in 2018/19. These workshops were held:

  • Nov 10, 2018 - Stormwater Pathways, Gr. 3-8 in Lincoln City
  • Dec 1, 2018 - Wonderful Wetlands, Gr 3-12 in Charleston
  • Dec 8, 2018 - Wonderful Wetlands, Gr 3-12 in Yachats
  • Jan 12, 2019 - Stormwater Pathways, Gr. 3-8 in Cannon Beach


Student Watershed Symposium events

Students of MWEE teachers are invited to present at a Student Watershed Symposium in the spring.The Student Watershed Symposium events are opportunities for students to share with peers and community the stewardship projects they have been undertaking. In year I, the SWS was held in May 2018. In year II, there will be three SWS:

  • March 19, 2019 at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport - see photos
  • April 30, 2019 at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston - see photos
  • May 14, 2019 at Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria see photos


For more information about MWEEs by the Sea, contact Cait Goodwin at