Water Education

water education
Students participate in a field study

The Sonoma County Water Agency provides local schools with a Water Education Program designed to foster in students an appreciation for water conservation and stewardship of local watersheds. Students are encouraged to use water wisely and make environmentally sustainable choices that will help secure reliable sources of fresh water far into the future.

The Water Education Program includes:

  • Classroom instructional presentations for grade 3
  • Field Study Opportunities for grades 4,5 & 6
  • Teacher trainings and workshops
  • Sponsorship of a school-wide musical assembly program
  • Free curriculum materials for grades K-12
  • A lending library of videos, interactive models, books and printed materials
  • A video contest for high school students
  • A Water Awareness poster contest for elementary grades

Over the past ten years, the Agency has reached 13,729 students (667 classes from 231 schools) in the classroom and brought 14,215 students and 2,800 adult chaperones (524 classes from 223 schools) to participate in the field study programs. The Agency has also held teacher workshops that reached 581 teachers over 42 workshops. Curriculum materials have been distributed to 3,651 classrooms reaching 86,634 students. Since its inception in 2006, the Musical Watershed Assembly Program has held 90 assemblies and reached 21,314 students in Sonoma and Marin Counties.

The Agency is currently working with the Sonoma County Office of Education to create a new Regional Occupational Program for high school students. This innovative new program, scheduled to begin in the 2010-2011 academic year, will teach skills geared towards careers in both the water and energy fields.

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