Water Education Reimagined in a Virtual Environment
Due to the evolving climate of education in response to COVID-19, we may make changes to program format and content to best serve students, teachers and the community.
We are reimagining our programs for the upcoming school year and working with school districts and educators to accommodate virtual learning.
We intend on making all of our programs available in virtual form, which means students can still:
- Tour a water treatment plant (5th Graders)
- Visit the Los Vaqueros Reservoir (3rd and 4th Graders)
- Attend a water assembly (all ages)
- Participate in an engaging classroom program (Grades 3-5)
Our plan is to roll out our programs in stages, starting with virtual field trips (Los Vaqueros and Water Treatment Plant) and Rock Steady Juggling Water Assemblies that will begin booking in August with a start date in September. The classroom program sign-ups will begin in September with programs to start in November.
Virtual Water Education Program for Schools
Programs feature grade-level appropriate material delivered through highly-trained and enthusiastic educators who blend education and entertaining activities. All programs are free of charge for public and private schools in our service area.
For those of you who are new to our programs, please check out our Water Education brochure (PDF) for more information on the services we provide in a typical school year when virtual programs are not required.
Virtual Classroom Programs
Discover basic water concepts. All classes cover grade appropriate and NGSS-compliant 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
Virtual Field Trips
Los Vaqueros Watershed Field Trip
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. Grades 3 – 4.
Water Treatment Plant Tour
Tour our water treatment plant in Concord. 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. Grade 5.
Virtual Water Theater
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.