Schedule a Self-guided Field Trip

Students exploring garden

Self-guided Field Trips at the Waterwise Community Center

The Waterwise Community Center offers self-guided field trips that teachers and other group leaders can use to bring students here on their own schedule. Lesson plans, supplies, and the space are provided - all you need is to teach your students! The free hands-on lessons for K-12 students support inquiry and discovery of our watershed, the plants and animals we share it with, and how our actions impact it.  Our lessons are designed to immerse students in the practices of scientific investigation and engineering design in an outdoor setting.

  • Information about how to sign up for a free self-guided field trip is below!
  • Self-guided field trips can be scheduled for anytime between 9am-4pm on Tuesdays and anytime between 1pm-4pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • Programs are free to all groups on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability  
  • 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 Self-guided Field Trip Program

  1. Email the following information at least 2 weeks before your desired self-guided field trip date: 
    1. 1st & 2nd Choice Dates
    2. Requested Start Time (between 9am-4pm on Tuesdays and 1-4pm Wednesdays-Fridays)
    3. School/Group Name
    4. School District (if applicable)
    5. # of Students
    6. # of Adults
    7. # of Classes/Groups Coming (e.g. four 2nd grade classes)
    8. Requested Activities (select as many as you’d like from the table below)

To Prepare for the Trip

  • Look out for an email from our staff confirming your field trip with the lesson plans for the activities you’ve requested attached, and work with your teaching team to prepare to lead your students in your requested activities.
  • Arrange transportation. Groups within our Service Area may be eligible to be reimbursed up to $400 per trip. Please see our Transportation Reimbursement Policy for more information.
  • Visit Field Trip Resources for related activities and ideas for your students before and after the field trip.
  • Arrive the day of your field trip. Waterwise Community Center staff will meet you when you arrive to give you the supplies for your chosen activities and provide a 5-minute introduction to the Center for your group.

After the trip

Activity Offerings

Activity (Lesson Plan Linked) Description Grade Length
Garden Connect 4 Explore our waterwise demonstration garden and identify ways it is a habitat and saves and protects water. Any 20 minutes
How Much Water Is "In" a Cheeseburger? Investigate how much water it takes to produce a cheeseburger. Any 10 minutes
Plant Adaptations Scavenger Hunt Observe how various plants are adapted to our local environment within our waterwise demonstration garden. 2-6 30-45 minutes
Sound Mapping Identify sounds and map the location of sounds in our environment. Any 10-15 minutes
Tortoise Meet & Greet Learn about how desert tortoises model water conservation and get a chance to see a live African sulcata tortoise and/or muscovy ducks face-to-face.  Any 10 minutes
Worm Bin Exploration Explore a worm compost bin to investigate the role of decomposers in building healthy soil.  Any 10 minutes