Tackling the drought by educating California communities about water

An educator learns how to use the Incredible Journey activity during a workshopEducators learn how to use the Incredible Journey activity during an ID4 workshop When Project WET California Coordinator Brian Brown describes what’s happening with water education in his state’s southern San Joaquin Valley, he enthuses, “They continue to do an amazing job reaching out to schools and water districts in the area to support some of the best Project WET professional development trainings in the state!”

“They” are Sarah Clayton and Jeanne Varga, Project WET facilitators (master trainers) and water education consultants with the Kern County Water Agency’s Improvement District No. 4. Called “ID4” for short, the district offers a comprehensive Water Education Program to educate local students and provide the public with the opportunity to make informed decisions when it comes to water use and conservation. The ID4 program includes teacher workshops, curriculum materials, assemblies, classroom presentations and student contests, reaching about 8,000 students annually. ID4’s Water Education Program is funded by California Water Service Company’s Bakersfield District, the City of Bakersfield, East Niles Community Services District, North of the River Municipal Water District, Oildale Mutual Water Company and Vaughn Water Company.

Educators take part in a lesson during an ID4 workshopEducators take part in a lesson during an ID4 workshop Within the program, ID4 also hosts Project WET workshops for area teachers, one specifically for K-6 educators and one for educators who work primarily with students in grades 9-12. Educators who attend either workshop receive not only the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 but also a “starter pack” containing some of the materials they will need to conduct Project WET activities. Recently, Sarah and Jeanne have added a 3,000-gallon water conservation challenge to encourage students to conserve water. Classrooms that are able to conserve 3,000 gallons are featured on the Agency’s website.

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