Volunteers educate youth on water conservation

Learning to make wick-watering planters at the California State Fair. DWR/2014

The Department of Water Resources strives to help Californians of all ages learn about water. We have programs and materials for classroom educators, homeschoolers, non-formal educators, community groups, and other interested members of the public. We also regularly publish photos and videos.

School Education

The Water Education Program serves as the primary resource for formal and informal educators in California who wish to teach their students about water. We provide free supplementary classroom materials and support professional development opportunities. Contact us for more information.

Water Safety

The Water Safety Program raises awareness about how to stay safe at State Water Project sites and facilities. We provide a variety of free materials and collaborate with local communities to host Aquatic Adventure Camps.

Water Use & Efficiency

The Water Use & Efficiency Program helps Californians learn to use water efficiently at their homes and businesses. We hold and cosponsor workshops and seminars, attend fairs and home shows, produce brochures and fact sheets, and provide information on urban and agricultural water use efficiency, water efficient landscaping, water recycling, desalination, stormwater, and graywater.


The Sustainability Program provides public education and outreach as well as on-going education to our own employees. We've given presentations on sustainability to various conferences, workshops, and associations. We regularly provide formal training to our staff on sustainability and the Envision Sustainability Rating Tool for Infrastructure.

Climate Change

Our Climate Change Program shares information about the current and future impacts of changing hydrology, sea level rise, and other water-related climate risks with water managers, our staff, and other members of the public. Our goal is to increase understanding about how to reduce future impacts and adjust to inevitable changes from climate change. Regional climate change specialists are available to assist locally; see Technical Assistance for more information.

School children learn about surface tension during the annual California State Scientist Day at the Capitol. DWR/2013

Visitors Centers

Knowledgeable guides welcome families, school groups, and other members of the public to our 3 visitors centers. We invite you to visit these sites and learn more about the State Water Project, water conservation, and other ways water is important in our lives. Special programs for school and community groups are available with advance notice; see Visitors Centers for more information.

Operations & Maintenance Training Center - Apprenticeship Program

To assist in meeting our need for skilled personnel, we offer an apprenticeship program for people interested in careers as a hydroelectric plant electrician, hydroelectric plant mechanic, hydroelectric plant operator, or utility crafts worker.

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