Water Education Programs for Schools
The best way to develop wise users of our natural resources is through education, which is why the Water Education Programs (WEP) at Contra Costa Water District reaches nearly 30,000 elementary-school-aged students in our service area each year. Students learn about all things water through field trips to District facilities, in-class education programs, assemblies, teacher education events and participation in STEAM, STEM and other educational opportunities.
Programs feature grade-level appropriate and NGSS and CCSS compliant 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. Let us provide your students with a stimulating, age-appropriate and fun-filled educational experience!
Check out our Education Brochure (PDF) or click on the tabs below to learn more about the programs we offer:
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. 4 hours. Grades 3 – 4.
Water Treatment Plant Tour
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.
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
Classes include short videos, discussion and hands-on activities. The 3rd grade program is 60 minutes in length. The 4th grade program is 90 minutes in length. The 5th grade program is 75 minutes in length.
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.