We provide free in-person field trips to support place-based discovery of our waterwise landscapes and exploration of the relationship between people and the environment. Trips are 2 to 3 hours and include a Science or Engineering Lab aligned with grade level-appropriate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a collection of field observation activities. Groups must have at least 25 students to be eligible for an instructor-led field trip.

    Live virtual field trips are also available. In our 1-hour virtual field trips, students participate in NGSS-aligned interactive activities and immersive experiences related to water conservation and ecology in our community!


  1. An Instructor-Led Field Trip at the Waterwise Community Center

How to Participate

  • Field trips are free to all schools on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability. Our 2022-23 field trips are currently all booked, but interested schools can still join our waitlist
  • Schools within our service area who bring 25-70 students are eligible to receive their transportation costs reimbursed up to $500. Larger group programs may be possible upon special request. You can bring your whole grade: if you have more than 70 students, we will make arrangements for two field trip days. 
  • Trips are primarily offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between October-May. Check the calendar below for the most up-to-date availability.
  • 1-hour live virtual field trips are also available where students will participate in NGSS-aligned interactive activities and immersive experiences related to water conservation and ecology in our community! 

How to Reserve an Instructor-Led Field Trip

Our 2022-23 field trips are currently all booked, so please join our field trip waitlist if you are interested in reserving a 2022-23 field trip.

  1. Check that our grade level-specific field trip offerings including a Science or Engineering Lab aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a good fit for your class.
  2. Check our Field Trip calendar below to see available dates for the 2022-23 school year.
  3. Submit our virtual Request Form for 2022-23 field trips starting September 7.
  4. Receive confirmation or alternate options from our education staff within 6 business days


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Instructor-Led Field Trips

Once Confirmed

  • Respond with more details about your group to help us ensure the trip is accessible to all and supports your learning goals. 
  • Make lunch plans: You are welcome to eat in our park after your trip. Shaded picnic tables and a grassy area for playing are available. Feel free to bring balls and games.
  • Arrange transportation: Teachers reserve their own bus and apply for reimbursement from the District after the trip. 
  • Sign up chaperones: Chaperones and teacher assistance is critical to a successful trip. Up to six chaperones may attend and at least two chaperones per class are REQUIRED. 
  • Watch the weather: Trips can be rescheduled if the forecast 24 hours prior to your trip predicts a 40% or higher chance of rain. However, we love to teach in the rain and encourage you to keep your field trip on a rainy day to see the water cycle in action.
instructor-led field trip in the rain

Prepare for Your Trip

  • Visit the Prepare for Your Trip page to review the Field Trip Expectations and tips to make your trip a success!

After Your Trip

A CBWCD field trip in the rain