Many children and adults don’t know where their water comes from and they may not be aware that some of their actions are endangering their access to clean water. The Coastal Watershed Council is committed to teaching students of all ages that water is valuable; it is everyone’s responsibility to protect our local waterways and our local ground water. One of the messages we strive to include in every presentation is that many small actions of individuals can add up to either a much larger positive impact or a much larger negative impact.
Through a variety of engaging science-based education programs, CWC encourages children and adults to learn about—and engage with—this vital local resource. Our main message is: the actions humans take on land are connected to the health of our local watersheds and the health of our ocean. This is essential information for residents of Santa Cruz County because all of our water comes from our local watersheds.
We work with schools throughout the county to develop and deliver watershed lessons that meet California State Standards. Our current school-based programs include classroom presentations and field experiences at New Brighton Middle School, San Lorenzo Valley Elementary, San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, and Ohlone Elementary School.