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3585 Greenville Road, Suite 2
Livermore, CA 94550-6710
P (925) 371-0154
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Education Programs

Click on the links below to learn more about the types of education programs we are involved in!

Alameda County Clean Water Program Public Information and Outreach Program
Palomares School Science Expo and Watershed Festival
Watershed Tours

Palomares School Science Expo and Watershed Festival

Partnership staff hosts creek exploration activity stations at the Palomares Elementary School Watershed Science Expo in Castro Valley every spring. The event offers students, teachers and chaperones from schools located within the San Lorenzo Creek watershed the opportunity to see first-hand the restored Palomares Creek which flows adjacent to the school. The Expo focuses on watershed science education activities for 800 third graders. More than 20 local environmental agencies and non-profit groups host "hands-on" learning at activity stations situated near the creek. Students learn about watershed protection and Palomares Creek’s ecology through study of creekside plants, aquatic invertebrates, water quality, and opportunities to see live amphibians and mammals. The event is coordinated by Sherry Johnson, a former teacher at the school and current ACRCD staff member funded by Alameda County who leads creek study programs for the school throughout the year.

The Partnership has been involved with stream restoration and related education activities at the school site since 2000, when bio-engineered stream bank stabilization practices to reduce bank erosion and improve wildlife habitat were implemented by the NRCS in coordination with Alameda County Public Works.  The completed stream restoration project can be found on our San Lorenzo Creek Watershed Project page

Watershed Tours

During the 2001/2002 school year, three watershed field trips were added to the Bay Savers Program (now known as the Watershed Adventures Program). Three fourth grade groups that participated in the Bay Savers program were chosen to tour their watershed from the hills to the San Francisco Bay. A team of watershed specialists led the trips and used interactive lessons to explore the natural resources of these areas. The main goal of the watershed field trips was to take the Bay Savers program beyond the classroom to teach about watersheds and storm water pollution prevention in an outdoor setting. The tours included stops at parks, wildlife refuges and other publicly accessible areas that allowed students to study and enjoy creeks, lakes, wetlands and the San Francisco Bay shoreline.

By taking the Bay Savers program out of the classroom we helped the students develop an appreciation for their watershed. We believe that this appreciation will develop into a long term stewardship of the natural resources in their environment.