Los Vaqueros Watershed Field Trips

For Teachers

Are you are planning to take your 3rd or 4th grade students on a field trip to the Los Vaqueros Watershed during the 2017-18 school year? If so, you’ll need to enter the lottery for field trip dates. The lottery will open on August 1, 2017 and close on 5 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017. This is a different process than past years in a effort to be more efficient.
Kids at Los Vaqueros Dam
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.

LV Overview for Teachers

LV Overview for Parents
Kids Hiking at Los Vaqueros
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 will vary.

Cultural History
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 games.

Local Habitat
This may 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.