Suisun Marsh Watershed Program
The Suisun Marsh Watershed Program is designed for sixth graders and runs annually from September through February. It includes four class lessons and a field trip to Solano Land Trust's Rush Ranch Open Space in the Suisun Marsh.
The Suisun Marsh Watershed Education Program provides participants with an opportunity to experience a rare and special watershed. The program deepens student understanding of watershed ecology and the ramifications of human behaviors on the system. Our long-term goal is to provide students with the education and experiences to be good stewards of the world they will inherit, while encouraging them to explore careers in environmental protection with a focus on water.
This program takes a macro view of a discreet, special watershed and builds on the ecology and stewardship lessons from our Watershed Explorers Program, but also stands alone. Participants leave the program able to:
- Describe the impacts of stormwater pollution on watersheds, particularly the impacts of motor oil, pet waste, chemicals, and trash debris;
- Identify the source of their drinking water and how to conserve it;
- Implement the reduce, reuse, and recycle messaging to address stormwater pollution issues;
- Recoginize threats to Suisun Marsh and the solutions to those threats;
Virtual Field Trips
In the following video, check out how we have adapted this and other award winning programs for virtual learning.
How can we identify human impacts on Solano County's watersheds, and how can we lessen those impacts?
What Students Do
Investigate and collect data serving as evidence for scientific questions regarding how human activities affect watershed health.
Next Generation Science Standards
Disciplinary Core Ideas: (ESS3-C) Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere... changes to Earth's environments can have different impacts (negative and positive) for different living things.
Cross Cutting Concepts: Cause and effect, systems and system models, stability and change.
Scientific and Engineering Practices: All eight SEP’s are utilized in this program.
Suisun Marsh Watershed Education Program is funded by Solano County Water Agency, Solano County Department of Resource Management, and Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District.