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 call (831) 475-8500 ext. 142.
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.
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.
Rain Gauges: Class sets of rain gauges are available to borrow. Have the students measure the rainfall from a storm and see how rainfall is measured with a rain gauge at their house.
Shower Timers: 5 minute shower timers that suction cup to the shower wall are great visuals to help coach students on taking shorter showers.
Other free water education resources available on watersavingtips.org.
Classroom Presentations: Schedule a 45 minute to 1 hour class presentation aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.
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, recharge, how the District pumps water, cleans it and manages the supply. Take a field trip around the school to learn about the water system. The education trailer can be part of the water tour to learn more about advanced water treatment. Perfect for Earth Science classes.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
K-6 Free Water Education Assemblies:
Earthcapades is the featured performance group for 2018-2019 school year! EarthCapades, presents the Agua es Vida show. It's "environmental vaudeville" with humor, juggling, unicycle riding, magic and stilt walking all backed with a colorful slide show about water issues. Students learn about water science, ecology, and practical steps students can take to conserve Planet Earth’s most precious natural resource, WATER! See Earthcapades website about their show details. Call (650) 557-4258 for available dates or contact them through their online contact form.
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 email@example.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.
- ZunZun's Water Beat show includes songs in English and Spanish with instruments from around the world and from recycled materials. ZunZun will bring the Water Beat to your school with music and audience participation to make your students more water aware! Call (831) 426-0684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a show.