Prepare for your Field Trip Program

We look forward to your visit to the Water Conservation Center! Please review the information below to help you prepare for your visit.  Download a printable version of this page.

Plan logistics

  • Arrange transportation. Schools in our service area are eligible for reimbursement of up to $400 of transportation expenses per field trip if the bus transports at least 45 students in addition to teachers and chaperones. Check our service area map to see if your school qualifies.
  • Solicit volunteer parent help. At least two parents per class are REQUIRED to attend and up to four parents per class MAY attend. Please ask parents to be actively engaged and ready to assist as needed.
  • Choose your lunch location. You are welcome to eat in the Wilderness Park in front of the center after your trip. There are shaded picnic tables and a sunny grassy area for playing. Feel free to bring balls and games but please don't let students use the exercise equipment. Please put all trash and recycling in the nearby bins.
  • Watch the weather. Trips will be rescheduled if the weather forecasts 24 hours before your trip predict more than 40% chance of rain. We will touch base both a week before and the day before the field trip if this looks like it will be the case.

Prepare students for a successful trip

  • Correlate Concepts. Research shows students learn the most on field trips when they can connect concepts covered to their classroom learning. Check out the Supplementary Lessons on our website for ideas on related pre and post trip lessons. Let us know if there are particular vocab words, concepts or skills we can help reinforce.
  • Orient students to CBWCD. Research also shows students gain more from field trips if they know where they are going and what to expect. Tell students about what they will be doing. Consider giving them a sneak peek with our online campus tour.  
  • Review behavior expectations.  CBWCD staff will provide the instruction, but will rely on you and your volunteers to assist students and handle discipline. Please let us know if your students have special needs and how we can help ensure they have a successful visit.
  • Review dress code. Students should comply with school district dress standards, wear closed toed shoes and be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities. Depending on the weather students may want to wear/bring jackets, hat, water, sunscreen, etc.  

On the day of the trip

  • Our address is 4594 San Bernardino St. The bus can stop on the street or pull in to the parking lot.
  • CBWCD staff will meet you out front to provide a brief introduction to the day.
  • If you have more than 40 students, we will split into two groups and rotate through activities. Please let us know if you have preferences on how the group is divided.
  • If you requested snack please split it into two groups so both can quickly eat between rotations.
  • If you brought lunch with you to eat in the Wilderness Park after the trip, you can leave it on the bus or bring it right inside the lobby.
  • Restrooms and water fountains will be nearby for the majority of the trip and we will make time for a restroom break during the switch time.

After the trip