In early 2018, Oregon Sea Grant provided five 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).

In each workshop, participants engaged in hands-on classroom and field activities related to watershed topics, and explored 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 in the spring. Students were be invited to a Student Watershed Symposium in May to share their projects with their peers and community. The free workshops targeted formal and informal educators of students in Grade 3-12.

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

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. This workshop series is supported by grant funds from the NOAA Bay Watershed Education Training (BWET) program. Oregon Sea Grant is currently seeking funds to provide additional workshops throughout the Oregon Coast STEM Hub in 2018/19.