For more than 35 years, teachers have worked hand-in-hand with EBMUD to help students learn about the value of water. EBMUD offers classroom materials, programs and field trips to teachers and students, with the goal of showing students how to use water wisely and how they can help protect watershed environments.
Materials are distributed free to public and private schools in EBMUD's service area and near EBMUD's Sierra foothills facilities (Amador and Calaveras counties, Lodi and Linden). K-12 materials are aligned with state standards and can be ordered online. You may review sample copies of many of the materials before ordering.
Aquarium of the Bay’s BayMobile. In Spring 2014, the BayMobile will visit schools within a 15-mile radius of the Aquarium free of charge. During a visit, students will dive into the science of climate change and meet some of the Aquarium of the Bay’s animal ambassadors. Experiments and demonstrations are available for k-12 students and are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Registration is now open.
Biodiversity E-Course. Cal Academy has partnered with Khan Academy to present an exciting seven-part course on biodiversity and its worldwide importance. The course is designed for high school students and references the Common Core Standards. The first tutorials are available now and five more will be launched over the coming year.
Climate Change Curriculum. Stanford University offers climate change curriculum units for middle and high school students. Lesson plans include teacher-and student-centered activities with lectures, demonstrations, investigations and group analysis of data. The units are based in the philosophy of learning by inquiry as well as justifying claims with evidence.
EarthLabs: A National Model for Earth Science Lab Courses is well-designed project from the Science Education Resource Center. These online units are scientifically rigorous and quantitative. The units cover drought, fisheries and more and include online and laboratory experiments, reading primary literature and conducting web research. See Earthlabs for more information.
PBS Learning Media. Find thousands of digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans and more. All of these free resources are great for classrooms or summer learning, and they provide colorful multimedia packages to help students learn. See PBS Learning Media for more information.
SciJinks. NOAA and NASA have joined forces to create the ultimate weather website. Targeting middle school students, SciJinks makes the science of weather fun and engaging with exciting and accessible content, games and multimedia. Students will find answers to mysteries like our changing seasons, hurricanes and other curious phenomenon. There are videos, printable images and posters and help for teachers. See SciJinks for more information.
WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored program to help people save water and protect the environment. The website includes a For Kids section with teacher lesson plans and worksheets, a “Test Your WaterSense” game and other materials, some in Spanish. Visit the WaterSense website for more information.
WaterSmart Garden Grants is an EBMUD program for community organizations to help fund publicly accessible gardens and urban farm projects that demonstrate water conservting principles. Go to Community WaterSmart Garden Grants to apply.
Environmental Projects: The Captain Planet Foundation funds grants to support hands-on environmental projects for school age children. Amounts range from $250-$2,500 with applications reviewed semi-annually. Deadlines are September 30 and January 31. Go to the Captain Planet Foundation to apply.
Edutopia offers a roundup of educational grants, contests and awards aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools and communities. Check for weekly updates at Edutopia grants and resources.
Target Field Trip Grants is a grants program for K-12 schools to fund field trips that connect classroom curriculum to out of school experiences. Each grant is valued up to $700. Applications are accepted from August 1 through September 30 for field trips for the next calendar year. Many local schools have enjoyed trips through this program. Go to the Target Grants website to apply.
Ranger-Naturalists host local classrooms for creek restoration, reforestation and natural history programs.
EBMUD offers resources to help schools, colleges and universities reduce water pollution.
In addition to EBMUD's school programs, many other resources are available to assist teachers with water-related classroom education.