Diamond Valley Lake

Field Trips

Unique field trip opportunities are available for teachers and students within Metropolitan’s Southern California service area.  The field trips correlate to various California Content Standards, including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards; they are offered at no cost.

At this time all field trips are only offered online. See below for details.

Virtual Field Trip: Colorado River Aqueduct

Grades 4 – College
Follow the journey of water to Southern California via Metropolitan’s Colorado River Aqueduct. The tour 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.


Virtual Field Trip: State Water Project

Grades 4 – College
Immerse your students in the State Water Project system and discover the 444-mile journey that water makes to Southern California. Students will virtually visit the Bay Delta, Banks Pumping Plant, the California Aqueduct, Chrisman Pumping Plant, and Lake Perris. Students will also have the opportunity to view 360-degree photos of seven sites at Lake Oroville and the San Luis Reservoir.  The SWP virtual reality tour is available at the Apple App store or the Google Play Store. VR goggles are required for optimal viewing.  The tour can also be viewed without VR goggles on YouTube as a narrated 360-degree fly through in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. View the virtual tour worksheet.


Water Journeys: Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center

Grades 4 – College
In partnership with Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Water Journeys begins with a presentation on water awareness, aqueducts, conservation and recycling followed by a walking tour of the Regional Recycled Water Purification Center, located in Carson.  It continues with a visit to the Bixby Marshland, a 17-acre wetlands, located across the street. Students will learn about native wildlife and how the Native Americans used these natural resources in their everyday lives. Students will also conduct water quality experiments.  This all-day field trip accommodates one standard-size classroom of students. Limited funds are available to provide transportation or reimbursement.


Learning from books AND learning from people standing in front of you make for a deeper understanding and create connections for questions yet asked

Student Artwork by Edith Chang

Diamond Valley Lake Visitors Center Field Trips

Grades K-12
This field trip also takes place at Diamond Valley Lake, but offers more flexibility and does not include bus reimbursement. The trips are scheduled Monday through Friday, at your convenience and with lengths that can be adjusted. Students arrive at the Visitors Center and participate in hands-on activities and explore different exhibits. A stop at the DVL Viewpoint may also be included. The Visitors Center campus is shared with the Western Science Center, which houses the fossils and artifacts found during the construction of DVL, and also offers field trips.


Diamond Valley Lake H2O Field Trips

Grades 4-8
This field trip travels to Diamond Valley Lake, 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. Availability is typically publicized in the spring.


Inspection Trips for Educators

Adults only – Teachers and Administrators
Education Inspection trips have been suspended at this time in response to COVID-19.
This educational tour of the Colorado River Aqueduct system is designed for teachers and administrators and provides a close up view of Metropolitan’s complex water delivery system. This annual three-day tour is free and offered on first-come, first-served basis with preference to teachers who are currently using Metropolitan education materials.