Each year approximately 110,000 students participate in the Water Education Assembly Program. Public and private elementary schools in El Toro Water District service area have taken advantage of this valuable and free water education program. The Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Discovery Cube developed and administer the program. El Toro Water District brings the program to the elementary schools in our service area.
The program consists of five grade-specific water education assemblies (K-5). Topics covered satisfy California State Science Standards for each grade level. The goal is to educate students about the importance and value of water, the water cycle, water supply, water conservation and the personal responsibility we all have as environmental stewards.
Assemblies are informative, interactive, hands-on and fun. Each one lasts 30 to 45 minutes depending on grade level. Certified water education teachers conduct the assemblies from about 8 am to 2 pm on the designated school day. Teachers receive information packets before the assemblies for their reference, and students receive take-home “Ricki the Raindrop” activity booklets after the assemblies to reinforce learning.
Scheduling Assemblies at Your School
Approximately 1,300 public and private elementary students in El Toro Water District’s service area participate in the water education assembly program each year. Schools that have or are participating are:
- Abiding Savior Lutheran
- Del Cerro Elementary
- Grace Christian Lake Forest
- Olivewood Elementary
- San Joaquin Elementary
Limited space is available each school year. Administrators, teachers and others who schedule school assemblies are encouraged to book your assembly early. To book your FREE onsite water education program please contact Adam Jacobson with Discovery Cube at (714) 263-3806 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternate phone is 714-913-5030. Information is also available online at http://www.discoverycube.org/oc/free-programs/
Children’s Water Education Festival
Each year the Orange County Water District (OCWD), Disneyland Resort, National Water Research Institute (NWRI) and the OCWD Groundwater Guardian team, with the support of other companies, public agencies and community-based organizations, present the Children’s Water Education Festival (Festival).
The 20th annual Children’s Water Education Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, was held March 23-24, 2016 at the University of California, Irvine. More than 7,000 third, fourth and fifth grade students and their teachers attended the event.
The Festival provides third, fourth and fifth grade students a unique opportunity to learn what they can do in their homes and community to protect and conserve water and the environment. Through interactive activities, students learn about local, regional and global water issues and empowers them to make a difference in protecting our water resources and make water wise choices today and in the future. All presentations are taught to California Science Standards. Since its inception, more than 115,000 Orange County students have experienced the Festival and all it has to offer.
The Festival is provided at no cost to Orange County schools. Please check back in August 2016 for information on the 2017 event. http://www.childrenwaterfestival.com/