School Programs

The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) has been educating Orange County students about the importance and value of water for nearly five decades. Since the school program’s inception in 1973, more than 3 million Orange County students have learned about Orange County water resources under one of the most successful and well-respected water education programs in Southern California.

The MWDOC Water Education School Programs are offered as CHOICE programs. By opting in, water agencies and cities throughout Orange County collectively bring students in grades K-12 water-focused presentations, activities, and guided lessons that give students the opportunity to identify local water supply sources, explore the challenges faced by Orange County water providers, and discover the importance of using water wisely. All K-12 programs offered support California content standards and curriculum frameworks. 

Orange County teachers, find out if your school is eligible to participate in our FREE countywide water education programs by filling out the interest form below.

 

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Distance Learning

Distance Learning Resources

To assist Orange County K-12 teachers and students in adapting to distance learning, MWDOC offers live, interactive online water lessons that can be accessed both at home and in the classroom. Each session includes prompted interaction, demonstrations, visual imagery, and video to keep students actively involved throughout the session. Additionally, all MWDOC K-12 Water Education School Programs include pre- and post-activities that connect students to their local environment through hands-on learning—a vital element to education that students are missing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Grab-and-Go Water Activities

Explore, discover, and learn about the importance of water with the Municipal Water District of Orange County’s Grab-and-Go Water Activities. Developed in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education, these self-guided, free water activities encourage students to think deeply about their connection to the world around them, and inspire them to make smart decisions to protect the natural resources we depend on every day. Designed for Orange County K-12 teachers, parents, and students, these hands-on activities can be done in the classroom, or at home with the whole family!

Water Filtration Challenge

Orange County Water Supply

Creating Water Awareness

Map Your Water Use

Explore the Web of Life

Inspiring Community Action

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Elementary School Program

Grades K-2

Shows That Teach offers Orange County students in grades K-2 fun and informative remote assemblies that use music, humor, and audience participation to engage students in water science topics such as the water cycle, water supply resources, and conservation. This exciting program also includes hands-on pre- and post-activities that encourage students to use art to reflect on their relationship with water as they explore ways to use it more wisely, and discover how access to clean, fresh drinking water improves our daily lives. To watch a preview of these engaging sessions offered to K-2 students, please visit: https://youtu.be/K-WdSIGr1hY

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Grades 3-6

Through grade-specific remote assemblies, Discovery Cube Orange County offers live, online sessions for students in grades 3-6 that include valuable instruction on local climate, water resources, and ways to be water efficient. Each session includes student prompted interaction through chat and polling features, demonstrations, and pre- and post-activities that range from creating a self-sustaining ecosystem to constructing a 3-D map of the California Aqueduct, and more. Participating teachers and students will receive grade-specific activities that complement the topics covered during the live session.

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Middle School Program

The MWDOC Middle School Program is also presented by Discovery Cube Orange County and consists of online grade-specific assemblies for students in grades 7-8. Through these interactive sessions, students discover how every day activities of individuals and families have a significant impact on the quality of surface waters. Students also learn about the importance of maintaining a reliable water supply for the residents of Orange County today, and for future generations. This engaging program includes grade-specific pre- and post-activities that guide students in building their own model aquifer or conducting an investigation of their home water use.

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High School Program

Through the MWDOC High School Program, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy offers live, remote classroom sessions to Orange County high school students in grades 9-12. These interactive sessions include prompted interaction from the students as well as demonstrations and video to actively engage students in topics such as Orange County water supply and the role students can take in protecting the quality, quantity, and availability of water. Each session also includes hands-on pre- and post-activities to connect students to their local environment and guide them to develop real-world solutions to challenges faced by Orange County water providers to deliver a safe, clean, and reliable water supply to residents and businesses each day.

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OC School Eligibility

Orange County teachers, fill out the interest form below to be contacted about your school’s eligibility to receive the MWDOC water education programs.

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For questions related to these programs, contact us at mwdoceducation@mwdoc.com.