Meets science standards for 2nd and 3rd grade.

A watershed holds it all; it’s the area of land where all surface water drains to the same lower destination. This water can come from high in the mountains or the rain that falls on your streets. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes, they cross county, state, and national boundaries and no matter where you are, you are always in a watershed. What happens within a watershed not only affects the local environment, but it impacts the water’s final destination – the ocean – even from miles and miles away. Students will learn about their particular watershed and important water issues that directly affect their lives, including water use, policy, and drought in California. By taking a systems based approach, students will have a broad understanding of their effects at home and how it affects other regions within the watershed. Students will demonstrate the vital function of wetlands by predicting what happens in a coastal community with and without wetlands, particularly when pollutants are added to the equation.

By becoming stewards for wise usage of their local watershed, students will leave a positive impact on their environment and help us achieve sustainable water and watershed management for the long term health of our ecosystems and communities.

Sorry, no birthday parties are allowed.

Fee: $350 for 2-hour program (1-70 students), $600 for 4-hour program (71-130 students)

Length of Program: Two hours* of instruction, including educational activities in the classroom and interactive learning in and around the ISOpod
*Groups of 1-70 students participate in single 2-hour program; groups of 71-130 students split into two back-to back programs (total of 4 hours)

Times offered: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; only one program per day

Distance: Within 25 miles of the Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660


  • Level parking area suitable for 30-foot-long truck
  • Electric outlet near parking area with an extension cord
  • Two adult helpers
  • Students divided into groups of approximately 30 each

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