Education

DWR strives to help Californians of all ages learn about water, including where it comes from, how we use it, and how to conserve it. We provide a variety of resources to K-12 teachers and other educators to encourage water education in and out of the classroom. 

Formal and non-formal educators are encouraged to order our free supplementary materials and use them to develop lessons about California’s diverse water resources. We are in the process of updating our materials to better support the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Additional water education materials and information are available through the links below.

Our three visitor centers at Lake Oroville, San Luis Reservoir, and Vista Del Lago are open to the public at no cost. Free guided tours are available for school and community groups with advance reservations and a teacher’s guide and student passports are available upon request for school field trips.

We also support single- and multi-day professional development opportunities, including training in the Project WET curriculum. Through partnerships with the Water Education Foundation, County Offices of Education, and others, we have provided training to more than 1,000 teachers since 2015.

DWR also collaborates with other local, state, and federal agencies through the California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN). CEEIN allows us to leverage our resources and to develop a unified response to the environmental education needs of California's educators and local governments. 

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