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School Programs

The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) has been educating Orange County students about the importance and value of water for more than 45 years. Since the school program’s inception in 1973, more than 3 million Orange County students have learned about Orange County water resources under of 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 are presented an opportunity to collaboratively bring students in grades K-12 a water-focused education program that allows students to gain a deeper understanding of local water supply sources, the value of Orange County water resources, and the importance of using water wisely. All MWDOC Water Education School Programs support the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and any other applicable standards established by the State of California.

Educators, contact your local water district to get your school signed up to participate in one of our county-wide water education programs!

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Elementary School Program

Grades K-2
Offered by Shows That Teach, “H2O, Where Did You Go?” is a fun, educational, and interactive assembly-style program that uses 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 provides fundamental water knowledge to students in grades K-2, building a solid foundation for all other future MWDOC Water Education School Programs students may participate in throughout their formal education period. To learn more and schedule a performance, please visit www.showsthatteach.com/mwdoc

Grades 3-6
Through grade-specific assemblies, Discovery Cube Orange County offers an innovative approach to water education, providing students in grades 3-6 valuable instruction on local climate, water resources, and ways to be water efficient. Students are tested on their water awareness with a keypad device before an assembly program begins and at the conclusion of the program to measure how much knowledge they’ve gained through the experience.

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Middle School Program

The MWDOC Water Education Middle School Program is also presented by Discovery Cube Orange County and consists of in-class water quality labs for students in grades 7-8. Through these interactive workshops, 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.  

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High School Program

“Windows to Our Wetlands” (WOW), offered by the Bolsa Chica Conservancy (Conservancy), provides a hands-on, science-based learning station and interactive activities for students in grades 9-12. The program consists of three visits to each participating high school class. On the first visit, students learn about watersheds, California water supply and resources, as well as what it takes for purveyors of their drinking water to get it to their homes – clean, healthy, and ready to use from the tap. On the second visit, the Conservancy will bring the WOW mobile learning center to the school for a water quality lab comparison. Finally, on the third visit, students will present their findings to their peers through an in-class presentation.

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Ricky Raindrop

MWDOC’s official and much loved mascot Ricky Raindrop has been the symbol for Orange County water education for over 45 years. The rambunctious drop was brought to life by a Southland school teacher in 1973 and has been helping educate Orange County students about the importance of water ever since. Today, Ricky still makes appearances in the classroom and at a smattering of kid-centric award ceremonies, but can also be found “on the run” throughout the OC, bringing valuable water information and education to adults and children alike through special appearances at community events.