Water Education

2016 - 2017 Water Education Programs
The Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) offers a variety of field trips, classroom programs and assembly experiences to help your students learn about water and their community’s water supply. All programs are provided at no cost to schools located within CCWD’s service area. CCWD will also reimburse bus costs up to a maximum of $300 per field trip to the Los Vaqueros Watershed or a treatment plant.

For Teachers
To request a field trip or classroom program, please coordinate with your fellow grade-level teachers to choose 1 contact person to represent the classes at your grade level at your school. Your contact person can then use the application entry forms to request field trips or programs for all of the classes he/she is representing. Once the “submit” button is clicked, the form will be delivered to CCWD, and a confirmation will be sent after it’s reviewed. Review might take a few days.

Important Points
  • The process works best when each school has one contact person representing each grade level. For example, if your school has five 4th grade classes, pick a single 4th grade teacher to be the contact person for all five classes. You will see that the registration forms are set up for this.
  • Los Vaqueros Watershed Field Trips are scheduled by lottery, due to the program’s popularity. The deadline for the lottery for the 2016-17 school year is 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016. Make sure your forms are entered before that deadline.
  • We expect to conduct the lottery the week of May 2, 2016. Once the lottery is completed, there will be no more watershed field trip availability for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Classroom Programs and Treatment Plant Tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. When they fill up, there is no more availability.
  • Programs will be scheduled September 5, 2016 - June 2, 2017, with no programs during the following periods:
    November 21 - 25
    December 19 - January 2
    April 3 - 7
  • Read the FAQs thoroughly. There is a lot of information and your questions will probably be answered. Still have questions? Please email the Water Education Program.