RCD Offers Free Online Drought Workshop for K-12 Teachers – The Vacaville Reporter
A complex system of dams, reservoirs, aqueducts and pipelines provides water to the people of California.
But this system cannot be taken for granted, even if it is working behind the scenes, and the climate in the Golden State is “normal.”
A full appreciation of how our water systems work – and work together – can lead to greater awareness of the consequences for how people’s behaviors or local government decisions affect water sharing. of California, especially critical in another predicted drought year when conservation measures will once again be paramount.
To get a sense of what we can do to be frugal water stewards and avoid some of the negative effects of a dry year, the Solano Resource Conservation District will offer K-12 teachers Saturday all materials to participate in a free online water science training workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Exploring the Drought in Solano County,” hosted by Project WET, is designed to help educators teach K-12 students about the county’s water challenges, said project leader Amy King. of the watershed and certified crop advisor with the RCD in Dixon, in a Liberation press.
The training, she added, features a “self-paced component” and a culminating virtual workshop.
During the virtual workshop—participants must register at solanorcd.org—teachers will work with the hands-on curriculum provided by Project WET, a resource education program for educators designed to enable community action to solve complex water issues around the world. All attendees will receive water activities suitable for remote learning and classroom resources for future use, King noted.
The training, she said, will 1) guide teachers in incorporating the study of land-based watershed challenges that affect local waterways and the ocean into their curriculum; 2) Provide local students with connections to local citizen science and stewardship opportunities; 3) Provide STEM-appropriate water resources education materials aligned with California Common Core Standards and next-generation science standards; 4) Provide the WET project guide; and 5) Provide a college credit opportunity upon completion.
For more information or to reserve a place for Saturday’s event, go to Solanorcd.org/projects-and-programs/education/educator-workshops.html.
The Solano RCD is a non-regulatory special district in the State of California “that works to protect, restore and improve watersheds in Solano County through a variety of education, restoration and partnership efforts,” King said.