School Programs

Water Education Program

The Soquel Creek Water District can help provide water awareness for your classroom or children. The District provides FREE educational programs and materials to schools and parents in the District's service area. (Soquel, Capitola, Aptos and La Selva Beach).

Contact us by e-mail to request FREE water education programs and/or materials or just call (831) 475-8500 ext. 142.

Free Resources

Water education activity booklets: Request a class set of grade specific (K-12th grade) water education activity booklets. Use in class or give as a home activity. Teach about our local water resources with Our Water Works in Santa Cruz County for 5th and 6th grades. Available in Spanish too!

Water Pledge: Have students promise to save water. Print out this colorful pledge and have them write down their own ideas on how to save water. Click here to download the pledge in English and Spanish.

Free poster of the fold out map from Our Water Works in Santa Cruz County available for your students.

Stickers or pencils: Need water conservation rewards to put a finale on a water lesson? Colorful stickers with water-wise messages are available for lower elementary and pencils for upper elementary classes.

Water education videos: Borrow a water education video to show in class (VHS and DVDs). Classroom appropriate videos available for most grade levels (most are 10-30 minutes in length). Call for recommendations: 475-8500 ext.142

Free Water Education Assemblies: ZunZun will bring the Water Beat to your school with music and audience participation to make your students more water aware!

  • 2017-18 Featured Performance Group is ZunZun
  •  ZunZun's Water Beat show includes songs in English and Spanish with instruments from around the world and from recycled materials. Call (831) 426-0684 or email zunzun@zunzuntunes.com to schedule a show.

Other groups that will be featured in following years:

  • Banana Slug String Band performs songs about water resources and the animals and humans that live in the watershed.  Our local Slugs bring water awareness through costumes, audience participation and humor. Call (888) 32-SLUGS or email slugs@bananaslugstringband.com to schedule a show.
  • Rock Steady Juggling, presents 'Go With the Flow!' This interactive and entertaining multi-media assembly uses juggling, comedy and magic to teach students about where drinking water comes from and ways to conserve water during the drought.  Book a show via their online form.
  • Earthcapades is an environmental vaudeville show that will wow the crowd with the water cycle explained with a diabolo, juggling with water conservation tools and circus tricks and projected images that interweave water awareness and conservation messages throughout.  Call (650) 557-4258

Classroom Presentations: Schedule a 45 minute to 1 hour class presentation aligned to California State Educational Standards for Science and Social Studies.

K-2nd grades: The water system and the people who build it- Students will help “build” a demonstration water system with pipes and see pictures of the people in their community who help bring water to their homes and school. Take home: Stickers and coloring books to follow up the lessons.

3rd grade: Drought tolerant plants, adapted for survival: Students examine drought tolerant plant adaptations, rainfall patterns around the world and learn about saving water by planting native and drought tolerant plants. Take home California Poppy seeds!

4th grade: California’s water- Make a California rainfall map and learn how water is collected and transported around the state through aqueducts. Brainstorm ideas on how to conserve water. Take home a shower timer.

5th grade: Our local water- 1.5 hour field trip to a local well. Most wells are within walking distance or a short drive from the school. Students learn about groundwater supplies and the waterworks. Take home an inflatable globe ball and Our Water Works in Santa Cruz County Activity Book about our Local Water Resources.

6th grade - 8th grade: Getting groundwater- Students pump water from the aquifer model to learn about groundwater and how we get it and clean it. Perfect for Earth Science classes. Learn how to calculate flow and volume from the tap to understand how much water we use and how to use less. Take home a water conservation ruler or sponge.

High School presentations: Our local water supply and demand- 1 hour presentations on balancing water supply and demand in Santa Cruz County, planning for the future water needs, supplemental water supply and conservation. Ask about our Advanced Water Purification educational mobile exhibit. Perfect for Global Issues, Environmental Studies and Economic classes. Take home magnets and Careers in the Water Industry pamphlets.

Contact: Vai Campbell at Soquel Creek Water District to request free water education resources or to schedule a presentation or field trip. Call 475-8501 ext. 142 or e-mail: vaidehic@soquelcreekwater.org

"I really enjoyed watching the children build the water system. We try to teach the children how their actions affect those around them so it was nice to see photos of the people who work hard at water systems, see how much work was involved and connect how we are being respectful of their work by saving water. They understand that saving water is important but the presentation made it human." ~1st grade teacher