The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California offers many unique field trip opportunities for the teachers and students of Southern California, within our service area. The field trips are FREE and correlate to various California Content Standards including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Virtual Field Trip: Colorado River Aqueduct (Grades 5 – College)
Immerse yourself in the Colorado River Aqueduct system and discover the journey of water to Southern California. Aqueduct VR is available as a virtual reality app for Apple and Android mobile devices. A headset is required for optimal viewing. You may also watch the tour as a 360 degree video in English or Spanish with or without a headset. View the virtual tour worksheet.
Please contact Rupam Soni if you are interested in learning more about the virtual tour and/or if you’d like to bring devices and headsets to your classroom.
Know Your Water: Past, Present, Future (Grades 3-8)
Students travel to downtown Los Angeles to visit Metropolitan Headquarters and Olvera Street for this field trip. Students engage in an exciting, hands-on learning experience where they build a water source, treatment, and distribution system model. They also visit Olvera Street and learn about the history of water use in early Los Angeles. Learning is reinforced with comprehensive questions and discussions. The field trip lasts approximately 2.5 hours and up to 40 students may be accommodated.
Don’t let this opportunity go down the drain! Available dates are limited.
Contact: Julie Miller Kalbacher at (213) 217-6738
H2O Science Lab (Grades 6 - College)
Students may visit our MWD Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles to become involved in utilizing a series of fun and innovative science investigations, simulations, experiments, and tests that are actually conducted by our water quality chemists and microbiologists. They may also visit our state-of-the-art Board Room to debate and learn about contemporary water issues while portraying stakeholders and MWD board members. A modified version of this program can be made available at your school site. The approximate length is three hours.
Contact: Benita Lynn Horn at (213) 217-6739
Diamond Valley Lake H2O Field Trips (Grades 4-8)
This field trip takes you to Diamond Valley Lake (DVL), the largest reservoir in Southern California, located in Riverside County near Hemet. Students experience a variety of standards-based, water-related, hands-on science activities. The trip also includes a tour of the DVL Viewpoint and Visitors Center.
These field trips are offered on specified weekdays and bus reimbursements are available. They are first-come, first-served and fill up quickly. They are usually publicized in the spring.
Contact: Blanca Biller at (951) 926-7076
Diamond Valley Lake Visitor Center Field Trips (Grades K-12)
This field trip also takes place at the Diamond Valley Lake (DVL) in Riverside County and is similar to the field trip above, but offers more flexibility and does not include bus reimbursement. The trips are scheduled Monday-Friday, at your convenience, and their length may be adjusted based on your needs. Students arrive at the Visitors Center and participate in hands-on activities and visit various exhibits. A stop at the DVL Viewpoint may also be included. The Visitor Center campus is shared with the Western Science Center, which houses the fossils and artifacts found during the construction of Diamond Valley Lake, and also offers field trips.
Contact: Blanca Biller at (951) 926-7076
Inspection Trips for Educators (Teachers and Administrators only)
This is an educational and enjoyable tour of the Colorado River Aqueduct system. Especially designed for teachers and administrators, it provides first-hand experience and insight into the complexities of Metropolitan’s amazing water distribution system from Lake Havasu to Lake Mathews and Diamond Valley Lake. This annual tour is free and offered on first-come, first-served basis with preference to teachers who are currently using our programs.
If you are interested in attending, please fill out the interest form.
Contact: Rupam Soni at (213) 217-7262