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 are available on watersavingtips.org.
Free Online Education Resources
California Department of Water Resources: https://water.ca.gov/What-We-Do/Education/Education-Materials
They offer a variety of free educational materials including worksheets, activity books, posters, videos, and curriculum guides to classroom teachers, homeschoolers, and non-formal educators. Many materials are available both in hard copy and electronically.
Project WET: https://www.projectwet.org/resources.
Project WET has water education resources from Pre-K through 12th grade.
Water Saving Tips: http://watersavingtips.org/resources/teacher-resources/
Resources for Teaching Water Conservation
CREEC- California Regional Environmental Education Community: http://www.creec.org/Home/Region/5
This site offers teaching materials as well as connections with local programs and events that teachers can bring into their classroom or use as field trip opportunities and more.
California Environmental Education Initiative: https://www.californiaeei.org/curriculum/
Find standards-based free downloadable and printed curriculum for each grade level. The maps that were made for the program were designed by National Geographic cartographers.
Water Sense for Kids: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/watersense-kids
Learn about water from the EPA.
The Geology of Santa Cruz County Poster (8MB). This is a map and cross-section of the main geologic layers of Santa Cruz County. It was put together from a study of hundreds of well logs. This is a great poster to add to a lesson in local geology or aquifers.
Free In-Class Resources
The District offers free water education materials provided courtesy of the California Department of Water Resources, curriculum, field trips, and teachers workshops to educators in our service area. You may order materials or request field trips by contacting our School Education Coordinator or call 831-475-8500 ext. 118.
Our Water Works in Santa Cruz County -5th and 6th-grade booklet (Also available in Spanish. ¡Ahora disponible en español).
A discovery book about our County's freshwater resources. This informative book, published by water agencies in Santa Cruz County, answers the 5th-grade question, "what is the origin of the water used by local communities". Other concepts covered in the activity booklet are the water cycle, water as a molecule, watersheds, groundwater, water treatment, pollution prevention, the history of a creek, rainfall measurements, water use, and water conservation tips. Explore inside the book on the watersavingtips.org website.
There is also a colorfully illustrated fold-out map of the County's watersheds and teachers can request poster size print outs of this as well.
E-mail or call 831-475-8500 to order your free class set!