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Educator Workshops & Trainings

We aim to develop STEM literacy and water stewardship in Solano County students by offering annual professional development trainings to local teachers and informal educators.  

  • Train with the state's Project WET expert.

  • Explore educational tools available in Solano County.

  • Learn from local experts on related topics.

  • Try the activities just like your students would.

  • Tour local open spaces across Solano County.

2021PWETlogoThese trainings support educators like you in evolving your instructional practice and deepening your content knowledge through the award-winning Project WET curriculum as well as presentations by local experts.

Explore the training opportunities below and register today! For more information, please contact

Solano Water Institute for Teachers

Registration is closed. 
Join us August 4-6, 2021 for this year's Solano Water Institute for Teachers. This three day, field-trip based workshop highlights the preservation of Solano County open spaces and the region's complex water resources while providing first-hand experiential learning that teachers can share with their students for continued exploration.

 Institute Overview: 

  • Tour select Solano County open spaces with a focus on the specific challenges, opportunities, and the value that those spaces provide to the public.
  • Receive an experiential understanding of the complexity of Solano County's open spaces and water resources.
  • Discover the latest information on the diversity and richness of county parks from local specialists.
  • Participate in a 2021 Project WET Training and receive innovative, locally relevant water education training framed around NGSS.
  • Earn up to 21 hours of continuing education credit.
  • Take a boat tour of Lake Berryessa with a local water engineer.
  • Enjoy local artisan fare for snacks and lunches. 
  • Receive a $200 stipend upon completion. 

Participation Requirements:

  • K-12 teacher or informal/environmental educator.
  • Attend 3 days (7h/day) of training (snacks and lunch included).
  • Attend 1 half-day of post-training recap with individual presentations of how teachers utilized their training experience and curriculum.
  • Registrants must submit a $50.00 deposit (PayPal or check) by June 23rd that will be fully refunded upon completion of the Institute. Attendees must cancel their reservation by June 23, 2021 to receive their $50.00 deposit refund.

These plans are based on wide-spread vaccine implementation and current CDC models of covid-19 infection rates and state of California tier requirements.

2021 Presenters


Brian Brown, Project WET

Brian Brown, Project WET

Before joining the California Project WET program at the Water Education Foundation, Brian taught students at residential outdoor science schools around the state for 14 years, after a brief stint as an Eighth Grade U.S. History teacher.  His tenure teaching outdoor science included 10 years preparing college students as environmental educators and teacher credential program candidates and involved wearing a number of hats that included wildlife wrangler, forest fuel reduction and trail engineering crew leader (i.e., camp logger) and compost pyromaniac. Brian has also worked with the Society of American Foresters as an education specialist for the past 28 years and is a Facilitator for the Project WET sister programs - Project Learning Tree and Project WILD.  He holds California Professional Clear K-12 credentials in Multiple Subjects, Single Subjects Life Science and Single Subjects Social Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Humboldt State University. 

Jennifer Leonard, Solano County Office of Education

Jennifer Leonard, Solano County Office of Education

Jennifer is the Assistant Superintendent of Community Engagement for the Solano County Office of Education. As a twenty-year resident of Solano County, Jennifer is passionate about maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for Solano County residents. She serves on community-based groups like the Vacaville Public Education Foundation, the Vacaville Parks and Recreation Commission, Solano Land Trust, the Committee for Land and People, and Solano Youth Outdoors in hopes of connecting organizations together to identify common goals, identify gaps, and pool/leverage resources to amplify the positive educational work happening for, Solano youth and other residents.

Jasmine Westbrook-Barsukov, Solano Land Trust

Jasmine Westbrook-Barsukov, Solano Land Trust

Jasmine Westbrook Barsukov is Stewardship Project Manager for Solano Land Trust where she manages grazing licenses and rangeland ecology on 12,000 acres in Solano County. Before coming to work for Solano Land Trust, Jasmine taught various rangeland ecology and soils classes at Humboldt State University and worked on Six Rivers National Forest. Jasmine has degrees in Rangeland Resource Science, Cellular/Molecular Biology, and Animal and Range Science. Jasmine is also the owner/manager of Samuels Ranch, a multi-generational sheep ranch in Napa and Solano Counties.

John Takekawa, Suisun Resource Conservation District

John Takekawa, Suisun Resource Conservation District

John Takekawa was born in Minnesota and attended the University of Washington, University of Idaho, and Iowa State University where he obtained a PhD in animal ecology. He worked as a supervisory federal research biologist for 33 years leading projects on waterbirds and wetlands based in San Francisco Bay. He then worked 3 years on bird conservation with the National Audubon Society, and since 2017, John has been the Operations Manager for the Suisun Resource Conservation District. He supports wetland management and conducts research in Suisun Marsh, the largest brackish wetland on the U. S. Pacific coast. His projects have included diverse international teams, and he has published more than 250 scientific manuscripts with a specialty studying waterbird movements.

Chris Drake, Solano County Parks

Chris Drake, Solano County Parks

Chris started his work in parks as a young park and beach user. Ignited by concern over the impacts improper trail use had on his favorite hiking and biking trails, Chris turned towards trail building and interpretive programming. As a student of Recreation Administration with a concetration in Park Management, Chris also became a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation and a Wilderness First Responder. After starting as a Limited Term Ranger Assistant for Solano County Parks, he has worked up the ranks to Parks Services Manager. Chris hopes to see you on the trails and will offer up a "howdy" as you pass.

Alex Rabidoux, Solano County Water Agency

Alex Rabidoux, Solano County Water Agency

Alex has been with the Solano County Water Agency for over 16 years working on a variety of water quality, engineering, and flood control projects.  Alex’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the Engineering and Water Quality Team, supporting SCWA’s member agencies on regional water supply and flood control projects in Solano County, and providing technical support on Delta and State Water Project related issues.  Alex graduated with a Master of Science degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC Davis in 2005 and is a licensed Civil Engineer. 

Marc Bautista, City of Benicia

Marc Bautista, City of Benicia

Marc has 20+ years in the water industry, working with most phases of water except bottled and ice. He is currently the program manager for the City of Benicia's water and wastewater environmental/regulatory programs, which includes regulatory monitoring of water/wastewater treatment facilities, an Environmental Lab Accreditation Program (ELAP) certified laboratory, industrial pretreatment program, pollution prevention program, cross connection control program, and water conservation. Marc also has prior experience in recycled water, flood control and restoration, green jobs, and emergency response.

Kathy Schulz, CA Department of Water Resources

Kathy Schulz, CA Department of Water Resources

Kathy Schulz is the Water Education Specialist with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). She oversees the school education program, which includes distributing supplementary materials to California educators, supporting professional development for teachers, attending school outreach events, and facilitating a statewide water educator’s network. In 2016, Kathy completed a six month course on climate change communication with the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI); she has served on its governing council since 2018. Prior to working for DWR, Kathy spent almost a decade with California State Parks as an interpretive writer and planner. She has also worked for Oregon State Parks and at Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Kathy has a M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment (now School for Environment and Sustainability), a B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, and a professional certificate in Public Relations from UC Davis Extension. She stays busy by caring for three cats, a 12-year old son, reminding him to care for his leopard gecko, and by running and biking as her schedule permits.

Solano Water Institute for Teachers is funded by the Solano County Orderly Growth Committee, the California Department of Water Resources, Water Education Foundation, the cities of Vacaville, Fairfield, Dixon, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia, Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District, and Solano Irrigation District.

Project WET Training

February 19, 2022
Registration opens Fall 2021

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Solano Resource Conservation District

1170 N Lincoln, Ste. 110
Dixon, CA 95620

Phone: (707) 678-1655 x 101

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