Classroom science lessons come alive for 5th graders on the RV Robert G. Brownlee, a 90-foot-long research vessel that was custom built in 1998 to provide a safe and stable floating laboratory for students.
The ship is owned and operated by the Marine Science Institute in Redwood City, and the program is sponsored by the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San), Delta Diablo and the Mt. View Sanitary District.
On this 3.5 hour excursion on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, students learn about the source of their drinking water. The RV Brownlee features activities where young people study the Delta's animal life, oxygen and salt content, chemicals, currents, as well as navigation.
Availability This unique opportunity is available in January and February for 5th grade classes from schools within the Contra Costa Water District service area.
For more information on this program, please contact the Water Education Program at the Contra Costa Water District by phone at 925-688-8109 or via email.