Water Education Programs for Schools
The best way to develop wise users of our natural resources is through education. Let us provide your students with a stimulating, age-appropriate and fun-filled educational experience.
Our water and environmental education programs are designed to support classroom curriculum and align with the current California content standards. All programs are free of charge for public and private schools in our service area.
Check out our Education Brochure (PDF) or click on the tabs below to learn more about the programs we offer:
Discover basic water concepts. All classes cover grade appropriate information on water sources, treating water for health and safety, and source protection and conservation. In addition, individual grade levels address:
- 3rd Grade: Properties of water
- 4th Grade: California water history
- 5th Grade: Water cycle and drinking water treatment
Classes include short videos, discussion and hands-on activities. 3rd grade classes are 60 minutes. 4th and 5th grade classes are 75 minutes.
A new program every year! Exciting, interactive theater program that delivers important messages from exploring the local water system, to conservation and sustainability, to environmental connectivity. Students and teachers interact with the performers as music, singing, storytelling and comedy bring the message to life. Great for elementary and middle schools. 45 minutes. In your school assembly room.
If your school is located near the Contra Costa Canal, this program is essential for keeping your students safe! This community service presentation is provided year round to remind students that canal safety rules exist to protect them and their families. Presented by our uniformed patrol officers. 30 minutes. Grades K-5. In your school assembly room. Watch a video about canal safety featuring Olympic Gold-Medal Winner, Natalie Coughlin.
Visit Los Vaqueros Watershed for a day of exploration. Learn about water source geography, the community’s water supply, watershed protection, habitats, biodiversity, local history and Native American culture. Includes encounters with local animal species and hands-on activities. 4 hours. Grades 3 – 4.
Water Treatment Plant
Tour one of our two water treatment plants in Concord or Oakley. Learn about the different materials and organisms that occur in untreated water and how water is treated to become fit to drink. Follow the steps through the treatment plant and learn about the pipeline system that delivers water throughout the community. Recommended in conjunction with the classroom presentation. 1.5 hours. Grade 5.
Spend a half-day on a research vessel studying the Delta. Collect and examine plankton and fish, find invertebrates in the bottom mud, run hydrology tests and observe Delta ecology. Space is very limited. Grade 5. Learn more about this program.