Teacher Resources

 

Learning about wastewater and stormwater is fascinating, and there are a variety of tools available to teachers who are interested in exploring the field.

As part of our ongoing pollution prevention efforts,Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District provides water quality-related educational programs to public and private schools in the greater Vallejo area.

What happens to water after it goes down the drain?

The District offers two ways to help students in grades 4 and 5 understand water in our environment:

FREE field trips (we pay for the bus) to our wastewater treatment plant. Tours last one and a half hours. Teachers often choose to add a short visit to the Valcore Recycling Center nearby before returning to school.

FREE classroom presentations with lively presenters and a stormwater model. In-class presentations last approximately one hour.

Prior to the tour, teachers receive videos and classroom projects to help prepare students.
In-class presentations include videos and workbooks. Material presented during the field trips and in-class presentations directly support the California Science Content Standards for Earth Sciences.

For more information and reservations, contact Jennifer Kaiser at (707) 644-8949 ext. 292.

Watershed Explorers

Solano County third grade classes can explore their watershed in Lynch Canyon or along Blue Rock Springs Creek in Hanns Park through the Watershed Explorers program. This free program utilizes science and place-based learning to build awareness and understanding of how storm water affects the unique ecosystems of local creeks and watersheds and how peoples’ behavior plays an important role in watershed health.

The program centers on a four-hour field trip and is led by professional environmental educators from Solano and Suisun Resource Conservation Districts. Students take a two-mile hike, participating in field discussions and activities. At the end of the program, students have a greater awareness of the outdoor, natural world in their watershed.

Pre-field trip, in-class lessons are available for teachers to prepare students for the fullest experience during the field trip. For more information please contact Marianne Butler at (707) 301-5778.

High School Creek Biomonitoring

The District works with the Solano Resource Conservation District to provide high school creek biomonitoring experiences to select classes at Bethel and Vallejo High Schools. For more information about this program, contact Marianne Butler at the Solano RCD at (707) 301-5778 or Jennifer Kaiser at VSFCD at (707) 644-8949 ext. 1610.

More Resources

There are a wide variety of free and low-cost environmental education programs available to Solano County schools. For details, visit www.OutdoorSolano.info.

To download a copy of our Vallejo area watershed map, click here.