Thursday, November 10, 2016

Broadcast Media and Digital Art Contest for 7th-12th Grade Students


The Water Education Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC) presents the 22nd Annual Water Conservation Campaign - Broadcast Media and Digital Art Contest.  The contest is open to 7th-12th grade students within the WEWAC service area.  The objective of the contest is to increase awareness of the importance of water in local Southern California schools through creativity and imagination. Additionally, the contest is intended to enhance academic instruction by providing the opportunity for financial support to do creative classroom projects that might not otherwise be possible.

"Broadcast Media" submissions are those developed to facilitate the wireless distribution of audio and video content. Broadcast media must be either 28 or 58 seconds in length, and specifically focus on water conservation issues.

"Digital Art" submissions are those developed to be displayed as static or dynamic graphical content (e.g., digital boards, movie theater or sports stadium boards, internet ads, etc.).  Entries must be created on a computer, must be in color, and must be submitted no less than 300 and no more than 500 ppi/dpi in JPG or PDF format.  You may work from the scan of an original pencil sketch, but the final entry MUST be inked/colored in a digital imaging program such as Adobe Photoshop.  Entries must be accompanied by a scanned copy of your original drawing sketch. This will prove that it is your work, and not downloaded from someone else's website.

The criteria used to judge submissions will include incorporation of water conservation issues, creativity, originality, informational content, accuracy of information, and production quality.

All entries must be postmarked or delivered by 5:00 PM, Thursday, March 9, 2017



For more information, please visit http://www.usewaterwisely.com/#Media_Contest_Description

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FREE Funding Opportunity- Deadline is Friday, November 4th!

Water Education Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC) announces it's 2016-2017 EduBucks Program for up to $600. The grant is fairly simple to fill out and would be beneficial to any creative water-related activities you might be doing in your classroom.
To fill out an application visit http://www.usewaterwisely.com/. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 4th!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Calling 9th through 12th Grade Teachers!

A new school year brings new activities for IEUA's 
Water Discovery Program!

Need to plan a trip for your 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade class?  Schedule your FREE Water Discovery Field Trip to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park!  Take a tour of the Chino Creek Wetlands and choose from several activities that align with the California State Curriculum Standards; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to tailor your field trip to your 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade class. 

Some activities available for the 9-12 grade levels include:

Microscopic Pond Life (4-12)
Students view pond life specimen under microscopes.  For older grades, they will obtain and assemble their own specimens and slides.  Younger grades will observe the pre-assembled slides.  This activity encourages scientific observation and teaches students how to use a microscope.



Recycled Water Bracelets (6-12)
Students will learn about where water comes from, how water travels, treatment plants, the importance of recycled water, and uses of recycled water to conserve our fresh drinking water supplies and to recharge groundwater basins. Students will assemble bracelets with color beads representing the different stages of recycled water.  (This activity correlates well with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour.)

Wastewater Treatment Plant Video and Scale Model (6-12)
Due to construction of IEUA's Regional Water Recycling Plant No.5 we are unable to offer tours of the treatment facility at this time.  Students will watch a video of the seven-stage treatment process, understand wastewater flows and where it comes from, realize the value of being aware of what is "flushed" down the drain, and observe first-hand through a scale model the essential process that helps preserve potable water for the region’s future.




** Schedule and have your field trip by Thursday, December 15, 2016 and receive FREE sunglasses and water pouches for all participants! **

We also offer a FREE mini busing grant for all schools in California!


To schedule a FREE Water Discovery Field Trip, visit: www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/ and click "Schedule a Field Trip" to fill out the field trip request form.

For more information on activities, curriculum alignment, scheduling calendar, and busing grant application, visit: www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/.


We hope to see you this 2016-2017 school year!






If you have any questions, please contact Katie Cabana, External Affairs Specialist I at (909) 993-1925 or kcabana@ieua.org. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Calling 6th through 8th Grade Teachers!

A new school year brings new activities for IEUA's 
Water Discovery Program!

Need to plan a trip for your 6th, 7th or 8th grade class?  Schedule your FREE Water Discovery Field Trip to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park! Take a tour of the Chino Creek Wetlands and choose from several activities that align with the California State Curriculum Standards; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to tailor your field trip to your 6th, 7th or 8th grade class. 

Some activities available for the 6-8 grade levels include:  

Tap Water Challenge (5-8)
Students become scientists and perform tests on tap water to determine the amount of Chlorine, pH, Iron, Copper and Hardness.  The activity also covers water quality issues and where our water comes from. 

Long Haul (4-8)
Students will develop an awareness and appreciation of water’s value and availability.  This activity will focus on worldwide and historical access to water.  Students will participate in a relay to move "buckets of water" between two points demonstrating the difficulty of hauling water. 

Wetlands Metaphor (4-8)
The students will learn about the value and role of wetlands and make comparisons between objects through metaphors.  Each object represents a function of the wetlands.  Students will explain how the object is a metaphor for a wetland's function (ex. A sponge would represent that wetlands retain water).


** Schedule and have your field trip by Thursday, December 15, 2016 and receive FREE sunglasses and water pouches for all participants! **

We also offer a FREE mini busing grant for all schools in California!


To schedule a FREE Water Discovery Field Trip, visit: www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/ and click "Schedule a Field Trip" to fill out the field trip request form.

For more information on activities, curriculum alignment, scheduling calendar, and busing grant application, visit: www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/.


We hope to see you this 2016-2017 school year!






If you have any questions, please contact Katie Cabana, External Affairs Specialist I at (909) 993-1925 or kcabana@ieua.org. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Calling 3rd through 5th Grade Teachers!

A new school year brings new activities for IEUA's 
Water Discovery Program!

Need to plan a trip for your 3rd, 4th or 5th grade class?  Schedule your FREE Water Discovery Field Trip to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park! Take a tour of the Chino Creek Wetlands and choose from several activities that align with the California State Curriculum Standards; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to tailor your field trip to your 3rd, 4th or 5th grade class. 

Some activities available for the 3-5 grade levels include:

Water Cycle Bracelets (2-6)
Students will learn about the water cycle and the different states in which water moves through the water cycle.  Students will simulate the journey of water molecules moving through the water cycle and will collect beads to represent their movements.  At the end of the activity, students will discuss their specific journey, including molecule transfer.  Students will be able to keep their journey bracelets as a reminder of the varying journeys water molecules take.


Enviroscape (3-8)
Students will observe a three-dimensional model of a watershed.  Students will learn about the Santa Ana Watershed, pollution (point and non-point) and effects of pollution, and groundwater contamination.  Students will "pollute" the watershed by placing "pollutants" (i.e. Kool-Aid, sprinkles and cocoa powder) on the model and will then simulate rainfall (spray bottle) and observe the effects of the "pollutants" on the community and water supply.



Edible Aquifers (3-8)
Students will learn about aquifers, groundwater and pollutants.  The students will create an edible model of an aquifer- groundwater (clear soda), sand and gravel (cookie crumbs), rocks (gummy bears), and clay (ice cream), and simulate how "pollutants" (sprinkles) enter an aquifer.  Then using a straw, student's drill a well in the middle of their aquifer to simulate how water is pumped from the aquifer and the effects of the pollutants.  A discussion on pollution sources will be included.  Students will need to have a completed consent form to participate in this activity. 


** Schedule and have your field trip by Thursday, December 15, 2016 and receive FREE sunglasses and water pouches for all participants! **

We also offer a FREE mini busing grant for all schools in California!

To schedule a FREE Water Discovery Field Trip, visit: www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/ and click "Schedule a Field Trip" to fill out the field trip request form.

For more information on activities, curriculum alignment, scheduling calendar, and busing grant application, visit: www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/.


We hope to see you this 2016-2017 school year!






If you have any questions, please contact Katie Cabana, External Affairs Specialist I at (909) 993-1925 or kcabana@ieua.org. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Calling Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Teachers!

A new school year brings new activities for IEUA's 
Water Discovery Program!

Need to plan a trip for your Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade class?  Schedule your FREE Water Discovery Field Trip to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park!  Take a tour of the Chino Creek Wetlands and choose from several activities that align with the California State Curriculum Standards; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to tailor your field trip to your Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade class.

Some activities available for the K-2 grade levels include:

Bird Bingo (K-8)
Students will be introduced to birding and binocular use.  This activity will include a discussion of local, migratory, and invasive birds.  The students will get a bingo sheet and attempt to observe and locate birds that are discussed.   

Plant Factory (K-3)
Students will learn the different parts and functions of plants.  Students will discuss what plants need to survive, the five parts of a plant, photosynthesis, and construct a human plant from roots to flowers while chanting their roles.

The Hamburger Water Model (K-3)
Students will observe a three-dimensional hamburger model and learn exactly how much water is used for each part of a hamburger and make connections to how much water goes into the production of our food supply.



Wildlife Observation Study/Nature Walk (K-12)
During this activity, students will be guided through the wetlands to observe plants and wildlife in the 22-acre Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park. Students will focus on the senses as they explore.  Using checklists, students will observe and monitor wetlands habitat like biologists.  Students will engage in discussions about wetlands, habitat loss, the impact of humankind on nature, and develop an appreciation of wetlands and natural resources.


** Schedule and have your field trip by Thursday, December 15, 2016 and receive FREE sunglasses and water pouches for all participants! **

We also offer a FREE mini busing grant for all schools in California!

To schedule a FREE Water Discovery Field Trip, visit: www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/ and click "Schedule a Field Trip" to fill out the field trip request form.

For more information on activities, curriculum alignment, scheduling calendar, and busing grant application, visit: www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/.


We hope to see you this 2016-2017 school year!





If you have any questions, please contact Katie Cabana, External Affairs Specialist I at (909) 993-1925 or kcabana@ieua.org. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Scheduling for Water Discovery Field Trips for School Year 2016-2017 is Now Open and Easier Than Ever!

School is back in session and it's time to start planning the year ahead!  Scheduling for Water Discovery Field Trips for school year 2016-2017 is now open and easier than ever!

IEUA is pleased to offer FREE Water Discovery Field Trips to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park in the city of Chino.  The Water Discovery Field Trip focuses on water conservation, wetlands, habitats, and watershed issues.


Program activities can be tailored to grade levels and aligns with California Curriculum Standards; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), helping teachers meet their education classroom standards through an exciting hands-on outdoor field trip.


Limited funding for busing, no problem!  IEUA offers a busing mini-grant, which allows for schools and organizations within the state of California to apply for transportation funding to and from the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park to take part in the Water Discovery Field Trip program.  Each school can qualify for $500 -$1000.

To schedule a Water Discovery Field Trip, visit our new easy to use online request form at https://www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/ and click "Schedule a Field Trip" to complete field trip request form.  


For more information on activities, curriculum alignment, scheduling calendar, and busing grant application, visit https://www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/.


If you have any questions, please contact Katie Cabana, External Affairs Specialist I at (909) 993-1925 or Kcabana@ieua.org.