Are you are planning to take your 3rd or 4th grade students on a field
trip to the Los Vaqueros Watershed during the 2015-16 school year? If
so, you’ll need to enter the lottery for field trip dates. The deadline to enter the lottery is 5 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015.
About the Los Vaqueros Watershed Field Trip
What can be better than hands-on learning in a vast, beautiful watershed?
With a visit to the watershed, students can have a memorable day learning about the natural and cultural history of the local area. This program is offered at no cost to participating schools within the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) service area. CCWD will also reimburse schools for the cost of bus transportation to Los Vaqueros up to $300.
The Los Vaqueros Watershed Field Trip is a 4-hour program set up with 4 main stations. After a visit to the Los Vaqueros Dam, the students divide into 3 groups and rotate between the 3 other stations. There are 2 stations before lunch and 1 station after.
Concepts covered include
the importance of biodiversity in an environment, interdependence of all
organisms, and adaptation of organisms to an environment. Students will
be introduced to local native animals. The animals used in this station
Concepts covered include ways in which local Native Americans adapted to
their natural environment, their daily lives and customs, and the ways
the land use has changed through the mission and rancho periods to
today. Hands-on activities include acorn grinding and Native American
be in the form of a nature hike, pond exploration, or combination of
the 2 depending upon weather and watershed conditions. Concepts covered
include types of habitats in the watershed, the diversity and
interdependence of organisms in the watershed (plants and animals), and
the connection between a healthy environment and water quality.