Boy measuring water into jar.The Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) project engages fourth and seventh grade students in a hands-on educational program about the importance of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The objective of the program is to increase the students’ understanding about the causes and consequences of watershed pollution. Despite the Clean Water Act and state and federal expenditures, the Chesapeake Bay continues to suffer significant pollution.

MWEE students.The MWEE project’s hands-on approach connects young people to the outdoors by allowing them to physically explore the watershed. Specifically, the students gain a better understanding of the root causes and consequences of local watershed pollution and develop skills to become better stewards of the watershed. Many students are exposed for the first time to gardening through the planting of native species and to the wildlife found in a stream habitat. While the projects are held at various sites in the county, at Hidden Oaks 443 fourth graders and 1,627 seventh graders participated in the MWEE project in the 2013-2014 school year.

Northrop Grumman.Thank you to the signature sponsor of the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience. Read the Donor Profile on why Northrop Grumman sponsors this project.

Help our students become good stewards by donating funds today to the MWEE project. Your donation will help fund curriculum materials, transportation, purchase of native species for replanting, and equipment