Field Trips

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).


Know your waterVirtual 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 Mark Moss 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.

Diamond Valley Lake H2O Field Trips (Grades 4-8)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)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 (Adults only)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.
Contact: Mark Moss at (213) 217-7125