Schedule a Field Trip


We are booked for our staff-led field trips for the 2018-19 school year, but self-guided field trips are still available - learn more here.

2019-20 Field Trip Sign-ups for schools within our service area will start in August. 

Field Trips at the Waterwise Community Center

CBWCD offers free hands-on programs for K-12 to support student inquiry and discovery of our watershed, the plants and animals we share it with, and how our actions impact it.  Our programs are designed to immerse students in the practices of scientific investigation and engineering design in an outdoor setting.

  • Each Field Trip Program includes a hands-on classroom science or design lab and an outdoor field observation portion. 
  • Trips begin at 9am and are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from October to May.
  • Programs are free to all groups on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability  
  • We aim for a 45 student minimum and 70 maximum. Larger group programs may be possible upon special request. 
  • Schools within our Service Area are eligible to receive their transportation costs reimbursed up to $400 per trip by submitting paperwork within 4 weeks of their visit. Check our Service Area Map and Transportation Reimbursement Policy to see if your school qualifies.
  • Please contact with any questions or call (909) 626-2711.

To Schedule a Field Trip Program

  1. Click our Field Trip calendar to see available dates for the 2018-19 school year.
  2. Select a program from the list of offerings below.  
  3. Submit a Request Form 
  4. Receive confirmation or alternate options from our education staff within 6 business days

To Prepare for the Trip

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Program Offerings

Program Description Grade Length Classroom-Adapted Lesson
Water Cycle Model the water cycle as a water drop going through different forms in our environment with an emphasis on local weather and climate. Identify the water resources that are used for our everyday life and our role in conservation. TK-2 2 hours  
Plants and Pollinators Explore parts of plants and seasonal happenings in the garden including the relationship between plans and pollinators, plant reproduction, and the needs of living things. TK-2 2 hours  
Watershed Stewards Build a watershed model and investigate where water is found and how it moves through the landscape. Learn how to identify Earth's features from maps and critically analyze human impacts on water availability. 2-6 2.5 hours Watershed Stewards
Plant Adaptations Discover how various plants have adapted to our local environment by going on a scavenger hunt in our garden. Design a plant profile to publish in our Waterwise Demonstration Garden Plant ID Book. 3-6 2.5 hours Schoolyard Adaptations
Dig in! Soils & Decomposers Investigate soils to draw connections between soil properties and water conservation. Develop hypotheses and test how quickly water moves through three different soil types. Examine a compost sample - getting up close and personal the decomposers that create healthy soil for our gardens. 3-12 2.5 hours  
Natural Resources & People Investigate our dependence on ecosystem services and resources with a focus on discoveries by the local Tongva people. Explore how natural resources have shaped life in California and how we can manage a growing population and minimize human impact into the future. Identify medicinal, nutritional, and other benefits of native plants. Students will be able to make rope and grind acorns firsthand. 3-5 2.5 hours  
Model a groundwater aquifer, investigate sources of pollution, and engineer filters to purify groundwater. Observe our local watershed and drinking water sources. Explore technologies used to capture runoff on our campus. 4-12 2.5 hours  
Capture that Rain! Engineer and test models in a team competition to capture and store rainwater. Discover the relationship between urban development and the water cycle through a mapping exploration of our campus and a tour of rainwater harvesting solutions on our campus. 5-12 2.5 hours