Friends of the Rappahannock is proud to announce the approval of funding from the Chesapeake Bay Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for one of their most sought after education funding awards – the B-WET grant (Bay Watershed Education and Training).

This grant will serve six counties below the fall line with hands-on watershed education for students and unique professional development opportunities for teachers. The theme of the three year project is “Restoration Science” and will provide many opportunities for students, teachers, administrators and school board members to learn about and participate in real restoration projects along the River. The idea is to teach the participants, both students and adults, about the stressors to the River and then empower them to take action.

The first year will focus on Richmond and Lancaster Counties, with four more counties joining the project in years two and three. Amazing teachers from Lancaster and Richmond Counties have already spent two days learning about the River and Bay ecosystems, doing field work collecting water quality data, and working on an FOR restoration project – building an oyster reef in Lancaster Creek! In addition to FOR staff, presenters at the workshop included staff from NOAA, Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, Ready Reef, and Belle Isle State Park.

We are thrilled to continue our mission throughout the watershed and create stewards for a better Rappahannock River in the future.

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