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.
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.
|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|