Caring for Our Watersheds is the Chesapeake Bay's longest-running environmental action challenge.
It’s an unparalleled opportunity for students to develop STEM knowledge, environmental and climate literacy, and civic action skills as they create solution-oriented projects to improve their watershed.
Groups of middle and high school students investigate environmental problems in their community and develop civic solutions answering the question, “What can we do to improve our watershed?”. Participation, implementation, and prize money available!
Earth Force and Nutrien provide funding that supports putting their ideas into action.
How does it work?
How can I join?
Attend an info session with your students on Opening Day (see below!) to learn more about this opportunity and ask questions.
Miss the session? Email us to get the recording and set up a 1:1 meeting.
Participating educators can join our ’23-’24 Cohort! This group meets monthly to provide support and tips for the challenge. Click here to join!
Sarah Jennings coordinates the Caring for Our Watersheds Chesapeake Bay challenge. She was a K-12 public school teacher in various states for a decade and has managed NOAA B-WET grants. She is a certified trainer of NAAEE's K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence. She is passionate about empowering young people to be environmental advocates and giving adults skills to facilitate this process. Email her to schedule your first free 1:1 coaching session: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend an info session with your students on Opening Day to learn more about this opportunity and ask questions. Attending an info session is mandatory to kick off the competition for your students and will be offered at multiple times throughout the day. Sign up for one of the times with your students. 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM. Miss opening day? Email us to get the recording and set up a 1:1 meeting.
Deadlines to submit an action plan and get feedback. Submit early to get feedback! High School and Middle School (5th grade can be considered) of groups of 10 or more will submit the goal and strategies for an innovative, realistic solution to how students want to improve their watershed. 10 finalists are selected by community experts. All proposals can apply for implementation funding after the announcement, with priority of funding for finalists.
VIRTUAL FINALS CEREMONY AND ACTION SHOWCASE
The top 10 Environmental Civic Action Stories are announced for the final competition for prize money ranging from $300 to $1,000. Student groups take part in a reflection panel. All non-finalist action stories are showcased and voted on for a People's Choice Award for $200 prize money.