News Release

Posted on: August 25, 2016

MMWD Offers Free Water Education Programs for 2016-17 School Year

MMWD watershed field trip

The Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) is pleased to offer free, fun-filled water education programs for schools in our service area during the 2016-17 school year.

Programs include field trips to the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, classroom presentations, school assemblies, an online STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum, and service learning opportunities. Programs range from 30-45 minutes for classroom presentations to 2.5-3 hours for field trips.

In addition, a “Trout in the Classroom” program is offered in partnership with North Bay Trout Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, One Tam, and AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project.

MMWD’s education programs provide opportunities for students to discover where their water comes from and to gain hands-on experience in watershed ecology and habitat restoration. The programs also empower students to take action at school and at home to conserve water. All programs are designed to support California education standards.

During the 2015-16 school year, more than 7,000 K-12 students from more than 35 public and private schools in Marin participated.

Bilingual (Spanish-English) assemblies and classroom presentations are available. MMWD also offers a limited number of school bus reimbursement grants to help schools cover the cost of a field trip to the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed.

Programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and fill up quickly. For details, visit marinwater.org/schools.

MMWD is Marin County’s largest provider of drinking water, serving a population of 187,500 in a 147-square-mile area of south and central Marin County. The district owns and manages 21,635 acres of watershed land on Mt. Tamalpais and in west Marin. The primary source of water supply is rainfall captured in seven reservoirs, providing 75 percent of the water consumed each year. The remaining 25 percent is imported annually from the Russian River through an agreement with the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Media Contact: Ann Vallee
Phone: 415-945-1196
Email: avallee@marinwater.org

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