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To protect our staff and community, virtual presentations are available at this time.
Free presentations about Santa Barbara’s water supply, water conservation, creeks and ocean water quality are interesting, fun and engaging.  Presentations can be tailored to your group’s age or class objectives and are aligned to CA content standards and the EEI curriculum.

Contact Information

Madeline Wood (805) 897-2672

Water Resources and Conservation Presentations

All About Water (K-2)
With songs and stories students explore the water cycle, our water resources and the importance of water to life.  Students learn easy ways they can conserve this precious resource every day.

Water Puzzle (Grade 3)
Puzzles and a cartoon help students understand where their drinking water comes from and goes. Our connection to the water cycle helps students understand the importance of water conservation.

California Water (Grade 4)
Students will learn how the role of water resources, water systems and water usage has influenced the settlement of Santa Barbara from the Chumash Indians to today. 

Story of Water (Grade 5,6)
Students will master information about the water cycle, our local water resources and water as a limited resource.  Conservation strategies will be explored by discussing historical challenges in the uses of water.

Clean Creeks and Ocean Presentations

Watershed Model (Grade 3-6)
Using a watershed model students learn about water movement through an urbanized watershed, how pollution gets into creeks and the affects it has on the health of the environment and people.  Solutions that reduce these pollutants will be discussed. Contact Liz Smith (805) 897-2606,

Creek Kids Series (Grade 4-6)
Two in class lessons and one half-day fieldtrip to both the Watershed Resource Center and to Old Mission Creek at Bohnett Park.  Students participate in hands-on activities to learn about the physical, biological components of a healthy creek, watersheds and how they work, sources of water pollution and what students can do to improve water quality. Free buses available. Call Explore Ecology at (805) 884–0459 ext.16 or email to schedule series.

Field Trips

Clean water is critical to public and environmental health.  Tour the treatment facilities, participate in creek restorations or learn about the design of our water works in these tours and fieldtrips. 

El Estero Water Resource Center (Grade 5 and up)
Tours of El Estero are on hold until further notice, anticipated to resume January 2022
Students interact with plant operators and scientists to get the inside scoop on the strange and interesting physical, biological and chemical wastewater treatment processes.  A microscope exploration of microbes gets students up close with these mysterious organisms that help to clean our water. Free buses to El Estero available for City of Santa Barbara schools. Contact: Madeline Wood (805) 897-2672,

Creek Restoration Stewardship Opportunities  (all grades)
Through community outreach the Creeks Division has identified a number of sites along the City’s creeks that provide opportunities for small community creek clean-up and restoration projects. Contact: Liz Smith (805) 897-2606,

Watershed Resource Center
Located at Arroyo Burro Beach, this field trip offers several hands on activities focusing on watersheds, water pollution and what students can do to protect the health of our creeks and ocean. Free buses are available. Call Explore Ecology at (805) 884-0459 ext.16 or email to schedule fieldtrips.


"H20, Where Did You Go?"
Students learn all about the importance of water in this exciting two-man musical comedy presented by Shows That Teach. Sign up for a complimentary assembly right on their website.


Water Awareness High School Video Contest
Each year water agencies from Santa Barbara County host the Water Awareness High School Video Contest.   Any high school from Santa Barbara County can submit entries and receive cash prizes! Click here to learn more.

Teacher Training

Project WET Teacher Training
The City provides Project WET teacher workshops once every few years. If you are interested in learning more about Project WET trainings or want to be informed of the next workshop, please contact Mariana Cruz at (805) 560-7586,



Last Updated: Jul 7, 2021
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