The Marin Municipal Water District is pleased to offer FREE, fun-filled and memorable water education programs for schools in our service area during the 2013-14 school year. Join us and learn all about one of the most amazing substances on earth—water—at one of the most amazing places on earth: the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed!
Our programs are designed to support California education standards while fostering water conservation and environmental stewardship.
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For all field trips, school is responsible for providing transportation to and from the watershed location, unless school applies for and receives a school bus reimbursement.
Water Walk, Grades 3-5
Join us on a walking tour of the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed and learn about ecology, water supply, and water conservation. This field trip is designed to teach students about the source and use of their water while inspiring them to take action to conserve this precious resource. A typical Water Walk field trip covers approximately two miles of fairly flat terrain and takes about 2.5 hours to complete. A classroom visit prior to or following the field trip is encouraged. Limit: 30 students per field trip. For additional information or to schedule, contact MMWD at (415) 945-1458 or email@example.com.
Watershed Ecology & Restoration, Grade 3-5
To learn more about our Watershed Ecology & Restoration field trips, watch the video above.
Bring your students outdoors to the beautiful Mt. Tamalpais Watershed to gain an appreciation for this unique natural environment. Our 3-hour field trip offers a hands-on, place-based learning experience through direct participation in habitat restoration. Students also enjoy high-energy ecology games and receive an introduction to our water’s path from “watershed to tap.” A classroom visit prior to the field trip date prepares participants for the field day and allows for discussion around ecology, restoration and watersheds. We can accommodate up to 30 students per trip.For additional information or to schedule, contact MMWD at (415) 945-1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through stewardship, students learn about the ecology of our local watershed and forests, as well as water conservation and supply, while contributing to meaningful scientific research. Our high school trips include an introduction to the ecology of the watershed, a quantitative field biology lesson on sudden oak death and invasive plant species, and a habitat restoration component. In addition to the 3-hour field trip, our staff makes a classroom visit to prep the students and to give a lesson on ecology and watersheds. We can accommodate up to 30 students per trip. For additional information or to schedule, contact MMWD at (415) 945-1128 or email@example.com.
Let an MMWD water expert teach your students about the water cycle, our local water supply, watershed ecology, and water conservation. These fun and informative classroom presentations last 30-45 minutes and can be scheduled alone or in conjunction with the “Do-It-Yourself Water Conservation” program described below. Bilingual (Spanish-English) presentations are available. For additional information or to schedule, contact MMWD at (415) 945-1458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take action to save water now! An MMWD water expert will visit your classroom and teach your students how to check and improve their water use efficiency at home using a “Do-It-Yourself Water Conservation Kit.” MMWD will provide free showerheads and faucet aerators to replace wasteful ones, as well as a small prize to each student who completes the work. Parental assistance is necessary to complete the home evaluation work. For additional information or to schedule, contact MMWD at (415) 945-1458 or email@example.com.
In celebration of the district’s 100th anniversary in 2012, Jack Gibson wrote the book Images of America: Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Municipal Water District. Using archival photographs from the book collected into a PowerPoint photo album, Jack brings the history of the water district alive. Students will learn about the people and events that led to the development of MMWD from a collection of privately held water companies to a publicly owned agency. Jack has served on the MMWD Board of Directors since 1995. An avid historian, former high school history teacher and practicing local attorney, he is an engaging speaker who can tailor his history talk to the needs of your students.For additional information or to schedule, contact MMWD at (415) 945-1592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience a working environmental science laboratory on a tour of MMWD’s Water Quality Lab. This tour introduces students to current drinking water regulations, analyses and instrumentation, as well as the specifics of water quality here in MMWD’s service area. The tours are suitable for high school science classes and are offered on a limited basis as staff time allows. We can accommodate 25 students in the lab at one time. Tours last about 45 minutes. For additional information or to schedule, contact MMWD at (415) 945-1550 or email@example.com.
Learn all about watersheds and water conservation in a lively and humorous musical performance! This show is presented by ZunZun, an award-winning performing arts group specializing in environmental education. Minimum attendance of 100 students is required. Bilingual (Spanish-English) shows are available. Contact ZunZun at (831) 426-0684 or www.zunzuntunes.com to schedule.
Students ages ten and up can earn service learning credits by volunteering on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. Reserve a spot at one of our Saturday Trail Crew or Habitat Restoration events. In the spring train to be a Turtle Observer and monitor the lakes and educate the public about our native pond turtles. Customized field projects may be available by request. Youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information or to schedule, contact MMWD at (415) 945-1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through the process of hatching trout eggs and releasing fish in to an approved waterway, students gain a deep understanding of the importance of clean habitat, what animals need to survive and the role students can play to make this happen. Teachers complete a workshop and receive financial and volunteer assistance through North Bay Trout Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, MMWD and AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project. For information, visit classroomaquarium.org or contact Ethan Rotman at Ethan.Rotman@wildlife.ca.gov.
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FREE MMWD POSTER
Teach your students about where their water comes from and how they can help conserve this precious resource. This fun and colorful illustrated 36” x 24” poster depicts MMWD’s watershed, reservoirs and treatment plants, as well as the people, plants and animals who share our water supply. To request a free copy for your classroom, contact MMWD at (415) 945-1196 or email@example.com.
MMWD will reimburse transportation costs, up to $500, to schools that book an MMWD-guided field trip to visit the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. A limited number of reimbursements are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Schools may reserve reimbursement funds after scheduling a field trip. For additional information, contact MMWD at (415) 945-1458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All programs are offered at no cost to schools located in the Marin Municipal Water District’s service area. Programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to change or cancellation at any time.