Check out a Watershed Explorers Field Trip!
2012 Program Video
2010 Program Video
Solano RCD is very grateful to their current local funders!
Solano County & all City Jurisdictions
Vallejo Water Conservation Program
Fairfield Suisun Sewer District
Suisun Resource Conservation District
City of Suisun City
Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District
Potrero Hills Landfill
The Watershed Explorers Program is a completely locally funded field trip program for County third graders. Trained watershed educators utilizes science and place-based learning to build awareness and understanding of local creeks and watersheds, their unique ecosystems, and ways in which we care for them. In-the-field discussions and activities teach children about the fragile habitats of birds and other wildlife. Students learn the importance of water quality in their watershed and discover that it is negatively impacted by urban runoff and its components: trash, oil, household chemicals and other human and domestic animal waste and discards. Concepts are directly linked to California State Standards and the program offers local children, many of whom have little or no experience being in open space settings, a concrete, experiential introduction to their watershed and creatures that inhibit it.
Watershed Explorers - 2012 Rockville Park
There were 923 students from 39 classes involved in the program this year. Six field trips took place at Hanns Park with a total of 11 classes of students. Nine field trips were held at Rockville Park with 28 classes participating. The program totals are show below. 1,198 students and parents attended at one of the two locations from February through June 2012.
The program’s primary goal is to introduce students to, and foster an awareness of the outdoor, natural world. Participants leave the program:
Prior to the field trip, teachers are provided with manuals to prepare students for their experience. Students are given journals and participate in various activities, including:
Students arrive at the field trip site as young scientists. They are assigned tasks and equipped with instruments to assist them with data collection: a journal, clipboard, magnifying lens, and binoculars.
The first stop on their hike is an interactive learning experience about the relationship between human behaviors in urban areas and the impact of those behaviors in wild or open space. An enviroscape presentation demonstrates the dynamics of a watershed and how it is affected by pollution. This hands-on activity provides students with a three-dimensional visual of the watershed and allows them to see how urban runoff enters nearby storm drains and ends up in the Sacramento River, Suisun Marsh, Carquinez Straight or San Pablo Bay (depending on the students’ residence).
As students continue their exploration, they look for traces of birds, insects and mammals, hiking through open spaces only miles from their home. Using the program journal, they identify plant species, learn how some plants are pollinated and learn how seed dispersal works for different plants. While engaged in these activities, students are asked to continually keep in mind how everything in nature fits together to create systems to support life on the planet, from plants, to wildlife to humans.
Watershed Explorers - 2012 Hanns Park
Our community fundors make this program free to all participants.
For more information about this program, or any of Solano RCD's education programming, contact Mariane Butler, Education Program Manager,
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