Knowledge of local, regional, and global water supply issues allows citizens to make appropriate decisions in preserving today's water for tomorrow's generation. A water conservation ethic instilled at an early age will last a lifetime.
As one of the founding members of the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County (EECNC), the City of Napa Water Division is committed to working with local schools and youth groups to provide the best possible water education opportunities. View the EECNC website for details. To take advantage of our free water education programs, please call the Water Resources Analyst at 707-257-9309 or email them. Current offerings include:
Project WET Workshop
Napa County teachers can gain access to award-winning classroom activities and earn a $100 stipend or 0.5 CEUs by participating in Project WET for the Napa Valley, six hours of hands-on, action-packed training. Stay tuned for our next local offering. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids. Interdisciplinary activities for grades K-12 are designed to enhance existing curriculum and are aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Water Treatment Plant Field Trip
Tour of the Edward I. Barwick Jamieson Canyon Water Treatment Plant, either separately or as part of combined full-day trip in conjunction with Napa Recycling and Composting Facility and Napa Sanitation District Water Recycling Facility. Water Treatment Plant portion is 60 to 90 minutes including introductory discussion, escorted tour, and drinking water-related giveaways for students. Grades K-12. 40 students maximum. Tuesdays preferred. Transportation costs may be covered.
40-60 minute interactive presentation on fresh water supply issues affecting California and Napa. Emphasis is on water conservation methods. Includes brainstorming contest on ways to save water in the home and conservation-related giveaways for students. Grades K-12.
ZunZun Musical Assembly
45-minute assembly program engages elementary school students with musical segments focused on where their water comes from, water and energy conservation, watershed protection, and climate change. Free for schools served by the City of Napa water system, ZunZun's bilingual programs are always lively, with students and teachers singing and playing a variety of folkloric instruments. This highly acclaimed group has performed in 14 countries throughout the Americas and has appeared on regional, national, and international radio and television. For more information about ZunZun, visit the ZunZun website. To book a ZunZun assembly, please call them directly at 831-426-0684 or learn more and visit the ZunZun website.
High School Video Contest
With the Shelter-at-Home Order in place, the 5th annual Napa County Water Conservation Video Contest was open to all students and families! The 2020 contest theme was I Save Our Water Because... and the winning video "We All Live Down River" was a mother-daughter team effort by Marie Dolcini and Giulia Guerrera, Napa High sophomore. View the 1st Place Video. The winners will receive a $100 gift card for the Century Napa Valley Theatre, where their video will be shown as a public service announcement for one week once the theatre reopens. Stay tuned for details on the 2021 contest!
Teachers and youth group leaders should also visit the CREEC website to find additional environmental education opportunities.