Water Education

School Program

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El Toro Water District offers and sponsors FREE Water Education Programs to schools in the District’s service area.  The Municipal Water District of Orange County, Shows That Teach, Discovery Cube Orange County and the Bolsa Chica Conservancy administer this innovative approach to water education.  Public and private elementary schools within the El Toro Water District service area are eligible for this free water education program.

Students in grades K-12 are offered water-focused presentations, activities and guided lessons that provide students the opportunity to identify local water supply sources, explore the challenges faced by Orange County water providers and discover the importance of using water wisely.  All K-12 programs offered support the California content standards and curriculum frameworks.

Scheduling a Program at Your School

Schools are encouraged to book a FREE onsite water education program. Please contact Municipal Water District by email at mwdoceducation@mwdoc.com ,  by phone 714-963-3058 or through the webpage at www.mwdoc.com/water-education/school-program. 

K-12 School Program Flyer

Elementary School Program

Shows That Teach offer Orange County students grades K-2 fun and informative remote assemblies that use music, humor and audience participation to engage students in water science topics.

Grades K-2 School Program Flyer

Discovery Cube Orange County offers live, online sessions for students in grades 3 – 6 that include valuable instruction on local climate, water resources and ways to be water efficient.

Grades 3-6 School Program Flyer

Middle School Program

Discovery Cube Orange County offers online grade-specific assemblies for students in grades 7-8.  The interactive sessions help students discover how every day activities have a significant impact on the quality of surface waters and the importance of maintaining a reliable water supply.

Grades 7-8 School Program Flyer

High School Program

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy offers live, remote classroom sessions to Orange County high school students in grades 9-12.  These sessions include interaction from the students as well as demonstrations and video to actively engage students in OC water supply and the roles students can take in protecting quality, quantity and availability of water.

Grades 9 – 12 School Program Flyer

For distance learning activities, please click here.

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 children each year.

Posters must be hand drawn horizontally on 8.5×11 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 https://bit.ly/RickyRaindropIMG

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.

One grand prize winner per grade division: K – 2nd, 3rd – 5th, 6th – 8th, and 9th – 12th, will receive an iPad Mini! Pre-K entries will receive a personal letter from Ricky Raindrop.

Questions? Contact info@mwdoc.com or (714) 916-0763

Click here for the 2022 Poster Contest Flyer.  Contest deadline is March 15, 2022.

Children’s Water Education Festival

The Children’s Water Education Festival has a new look and a new name this year! The OC Youth Environmental Summit will be held on VIRTUALLY Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29, 2022.  The summit will educate 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Orange County students about water and the environment.  The summit is presented by the Orange County Water District (OCWD), National Water Research Institute (NWRI) and the OCWD Groundwater Guardian team.

The Festival is provided at no cost to Orange County schools.  For information on the event or for school registration, please visit: www.childrenwaterfestival.com.