Schedule a Field Trip

There is now a waiting list for January-May 2018 field trips. Please email us at with the grade of your class(es) and preferred months for your field trip to be added to our waiting list.

Field Trips at the Water Conservation Center Campus

CBWCD offers free hands-on programs for K-12 to support student inquiry and discovery of our watershed, the plants and animals we share it with, and how our actions impact it.  Our programs are designed to immerse students in the practices of scientific investigation and engineering design in an outdoor setting.

  • Each Field Trip Program includes a hands-on classroom science or design lab and an outdoor field observation portion. 
  • Trips begin at 9am and are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from October to May.
  • Programs are free to all groups on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability. 
  • We aim to have 70 students maximum per field trip. Larger group programs may be possible upon special request. 
  • Schools in our service area are eligible for reimbursement of up to $400 of eligible transportation expenses per field trip if the bus transports at least 45 students in addition to teachers and chaperones. Please submit one form per trip within 4 weeks of your field trip. Check our service area map to see if your school qualifies.
  • Please contact with any questions or call (909) 626-2711.
*Schools outside of our service area can request field trips starting October 1.

Students Participating in Field Trip Activities

To Schedule a Field Trip Program

  1. Check our Field Trip calendar for available dates. (Highlighted dates may be available. White, non highlighted dates
    are not available. Please note some dates  that appear available may
    actually be held for another group already in the reservation process.)
  2. Select a program from the list of offerings below.  
  3. Submit a Field Trip Request Form via email, fax, or mail. 
  4. Receive confirmation or alternate options from CBWCD staff within 6 business days

Once your trip request is confirmed, be sure to visit the  Prepare for your Field Trip page for day-of procedures, additional lesson plans and instructions for requesting transportation reimbursement. 

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Program Offerings

Program Description Grade Length
Water Cycle
Science Lab: Students model the water cycle through a journey as a water drop through our environments. Field Observations: Students explore the water conservation campus and demonstration garden, using tools and their observation skills to monitor environmental conditions including weather to discover the water cycle in action. 
TK-2 2 hours
Flowers, Fruits, Leaves & Roots Design Lab: Students explore parts of plants and seasonal happenings in the garden including the relationship between plants and animals and build a flower press to preserve specimens they find in the garden. Field Observations: Students meet and greet the local plants and animals of our watershed through a tracking and sensory tour to explore habitats and ecosystem components that all living things need to survive. TK-2 2 hours
Watershed Stewards Science Lab: Students build a watershed model and predict and test how water moves through the landscape. Field Observations: Students explore the Water Conservation Campus and Demonstration Garden, using tools and their observation skills to monitor environmental conditions including weather to discover the water cycle in action.   2-4 2.5 hours
Plant Adaptations Science Lab: Students explore the demonstration garden, using their observation skills to discover how various plants have adapted to our local environment and create their own plant profile to publish in our Water Wise Demonstration Garden Plant Book. Field Observations: Students explore the Water Conservation Campus and Demonstration Garden, using tools and their observation skills to monitor environmental conditions that water wise plants have adapted to.   3-6 2.5 hours
Dig in! Soils & Decomposers Science Lab: Students investigate soils to draw connections about soil properties and water conservation. They develop hypotheses and test how quickly water moves through three different types of soil. Field Observations: Students explore the water cycle and use observations skills to find examples of the cycle in action at the water conservation campus including the compost pile and garden. They examine a sample of compost, getting up close and personal with its creepy crawly residents and discover the importance of their role to decomposition and healthy soil.  3-12 2.5 hours
Natural Resources & People Design Lab: Using the Tongva tribe as an example, students discover our dependence on ecosystem services and goods for survival. Students experience California history first hand by making rope and grinding acorns. Field Observations: Students explore how natural resources have shaped life throughout California history and consider how we can use them sustainably into the future. They identify medicinal, nutritional, and other benefits of native plants with a scavenger hunt in the garden.  3-5 2.5 hours
Design Lab: Students model a groundwater aquifer, investigate sources of pollution, and design and engineer filters to purify groundwater. Field Observations: Through a tour of the Water Conservation Campus, students observe the water cycle in action, learning about our local watershed and drinking water sources.  4-12 2.5 hours
Capture that Rain! Design Lab: Working in small engineering teams, students design and test a model to capture and store rainwater. Groups compete and test their models to see which best maximizes rain capture. Field Observations: Students discover how urban development impacts the water cycle and water conservation through hands-on activities, a mapping exploration of our campus, and a tour of rain harvesting solutions on our campus.   5-12 2.5 hours