Each year approximately 80,000 Orange County elementary students participate in the FREE Water Education Assembly Program. The Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Discovery Cube administer this innovative approach to water education. El Toro Water District sponsors the elementary schools in our service area. Public and private elementary schools within the El Toro Water District service area are eligible for this free water education program.
The program consists of six grade-specific water education assemblies (1st-6th). Topics covered satisfy the Next Generation 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. Certified water education teachers conduct the assemblies that runs from 30 to 45 minutes depending on the grade level. Teachers receive information packets before the assemblies and students receive take-home “Ricki the Raindrop” activity booklets after the assemblies for continued 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
Schools are encouraged to book a 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/
Water Awareness Poster Contest
The Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Family of Orange County Water Agencies present a Water Awareness Poster Contest each year! The goal is to get students thinking about the importance of our most valuable natural resource – water. Orange County students are encouraged to create artwork that reflect each year’s theme.
The contest is open to all Orange County Students in grades K-12 and is open now until April 5th, 2019.
Posters must be hand drawn horizontally on 8.5×11 or 12×18 inch paper and must reflect the student’s own ability.
Original artwork only. Posters submitted with copyrighted characters or images will not be accepted (e.g. Spongebob or Mickey Mouse). Students are allowed to use the Ricki Raindrop character in their design.
All posters will be the exclusive property of the Municipal Water District of Orange County for reproduction or promotional purposes, and may be published at mwdoc.com
A total of 40 winners will be selected in the Poster Contest. One grand prize winner in grades K – 2nd, 3rd – 5th, 6th – 8th, and 9th – 12th, will receive an iPad Mini! Additionally, teachers who submit their students’ artwork as a batch will be entered in a drawing for a class pizza party with Ricki the Rambunctious Raindrop! All 40 winners – and their parents and teachers – will be invited to attend a special Awards Ceremony with Ricki Raindrop at Discovery Science Center.
Questions? Contact Traci Muldoon at email@example.com, or (714) 593-5004
Click here for the 2019 Poster Contest Flyer
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, present the Children’s Water Education Festival (Festival).
The 22nd annual Children’s Water Education Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, was held March 28-29, 2018 at the University of California, Irvine. More than 7,000 third, fourth and fifth grade students and their teachers attended the event. The 23rd annual CWEF will be held March 27-28, 2019.
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 129,000 Orange County students have experienced the Festival and all it has to offer.
The Festival is provided at no cost to Orange County schools. For information on the event or for school registration, please visit: http://www.childrenwaterfestival.com/.