MEEC in now accepting applications for the 2013/2014 school year.
APPLY TODAY! EBB_Grant_Guidelines_with_Application_2013_2014. MEEC will not consider any handwritten outdated EBB applications. All submissions must be on the attached online printable 2013-2014 form.
Deadline: October 30, 2013 Apply Now! Applications can be downloaded then sent via standard mail, scan/email, or by fax.
For more information call (760) 245-1661 ext. 6101 FAX (760) 241-6271 Detailed Grant Guidelines are available on the Grant Application.
Eligible educators must teach within the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County, the Palo Verde Valley of Riverside County or the High Desert region of North Los Angeles County, including the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale.
Grant approval to MEEC-recommended host sites will be given first priority. However, “Dream Sites,” will be accepted and considered only after all eligible applications to MEEC selected host sites have been granted. Dream Sites are any location of the teacher’s choice not listed as a MEEC-recommended host site, that can be correlated to help meet state standards. General Rules & Guidelines still apply.
Due to the increased popularity of this program, only one grant will be awarded per teacher. Consideration will be made to award a second eligible grant application only after all eligible applications and Dream Sites have been granted.
MEEC Host Sites
Barstow Desert Discovery Center The Desert Discovery Center is home to the Old Women Meteorite, the 2nd largest meteorite found in North America. Outside you can enjoy the native plant and animal habitat with pond and tranquility garden where a selection of interesting animals can be found including Western Pond Turtles, Mojave Tui Chub fish, Desert Tortoise and a collection of botanicals. The DDC offers environmental education programs that align with the California State Standards and currently provides programs for K - 12 students. Educational Programs include: Desert Tortoise, History, Earth Science, Recycling, Hazardous Waste, Ecosystems, Conservation, Desert Safety, GPS Navigation, Environmental Career Exploration and Environmental Art. Each class is 1 hour depending on age. For larger groups we offer 2 – 3 classes and rotate. You are encouraged to contact the DDC prior to your visit to receive educational materials, or to arrange a pre-field trip classroom visit.
CalPortland Company Mojave Plant External Link
CalPortland Cement Company-Mojave Plant (Grades 6-up).
Visit CalPortland Company and see why this high tech cement manufacturer has been honored with the EPA's 'Energy Star Partner of the Year' award for six consecutive years! The eight windturbines installed at the site produce 50 million kWh, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power 5,000 average homes annually and avoids carbon dioxide emissions comparable to what 7,000 passenger vehicles would generate in a year. Learn about the limestone lifecycle and how it was deposited, see it blasted, crushed, burned, ground, and then shipped as the finished product-cement!
TOURS ARE LIMITED TO (60) PERSONS AND (1) BUS.
PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 3 HOURS FOR YOUR TOUR.
Cemex USA External Link
Tour the country’s second largest cement manufacturing facility where more than 2 million tons of cement is processed each year. Tour the Apple Valley site to see the Pyro processing system, which uses coal, old tires, and wood by-products to generate temperatures in excess of 2500oF. When you schedule your tour, a CEMEX representative will contact you to schedule a classroom presentation prior to your trip using power point and actual materials to familiarize your students with what they will see on the tour. PLEASE ALLOW 2 HOURS FOR YOUR TOUR.
Devil's Punch Bowl Natural Area Experience spectacular geological processes with synclines, 300-foot high slabs of sandstone and
erosion formed canyons adjacent to the Great San Andreas Fault. Study and learn about plants
and animals in this transition zone between the Mojave Desert and the San Gabriel Mountains.
All age groups welcome. Educational programs specialized to your curricular needs. PLEASE CONTACT DEVIL'S PUNCHBOWL DIRECTLY TO DETERMINE YOUR LENGTH OF VISIT DEPENDING ON YOUR ACTIVITIES.
Edwards Air Force Base Palmdale, CA - The multi-million dollar program at Edwards AFB offers teachers and students an opportunity to see leading-edge technologies and environmental activities at the nation’s premier center for flight test activities. Learn about biology, archaeology, chemistry, natural resources, wildlife, environmental engineering, computers, and see actual engineers and scientists at work on state-of-the-art programs. Special tours are also available of Piute Ponds, an enhanced natural marsh in the middle of the Mojave Desert, which is a major bird watching spot. THIS HOST SITE IS LIMITED TO (3) SCHOOLS PER YEAR AND ALL TOURS ARE SCHEDULED ON FIRST COME BASIS. PLEASE CONTACT EAFB DIRECTLY TO DETERMINE YOUR TOTAL TOUR TIME ( APPROX 4-5 HOURS)
Elementis/Hector Mine ELEMENTIS SPECIALTIES (Hector Mine): Leading the Way
ELEMENTIS SPECIALTIES is the world’s largest producer of rheological additives (flow control additives) for solvent-based systems, an innovator in the development of additives for waterborne systems and a producer of high quality, nontoxic anticorrosive pigments. Our Newberry Springs plant is one of five ELEMENTIS SPECIALTIES manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States and in Europe. Our corporate headquarters is located in Hightstown, New Jersey.
Our manufacturing facility in Newberry Springs, California occupies approximately 35 acres and has been in operation since 1952 and has more than 42 employees,
What We Make and How It’s Used
At our Newberry Springs plant, we manufacture rheological additives and thickening agents that are used to improve the appearance and performance of a variety of consumer and household products we use every day. These rheological additives are made from Hectorite clay, which is mined at Hector, California, where the purest form and the largest commercial deposit of this mineral is found. Hectorite’s unique structure allows it to thicken water, or if organically modified, thicken solvents. Hectorite clay is commercially important as a principal ingredient for rheological additives because it helps improve properties such as suspension, emulsion stability, viscosity, thermal stability and flow control in Paint, Ink, Grease, Cosmetics, Personal Care Products, Oil Well Drilling, Pharmaceuticals, Water Treatment, Construction products, Caulks and Sealants.
Hectorite clay is dried and screened at our mine site in Hector and then shipped 17 miles to our Newberry Springs facility, where we grind and size the clay. Much of the clay is then bulk-packed and sent to our other ELEMENTIS SPECIALTIES plants in the United States and abroad for further processing.
Sustainable Development is an important principle in the conduct of ELEMENTIS SPECIALTIES’ business. At our Newberry Springs facility, we make every effort to protect the environment. Sophisticated dust collection systems are installed on all dust producing processes at the plant to minimize pollution. Roads to the Hector mine are treated with dust suppressant chemicals and watered frequently. Plant effluent is collected in evaporation ponds, and emission inventories are made every year. The mine and plant have an effective waste recycling program, and are monitored carefully for possible adverse effects on the environment. As part of this plan, we relocated the tortoises that lived in the mine area and constructed desert tortoise fences to protect tortoises from mining operations. In addition, tortoise habitats have been purchased to replace the land that is utilized by the mine.
Tours are limited to (3) schools per year, and are available on a first-come basis.
Allow 5 hours for your tour at Elementis/Hector Mine
To schedule your field trip, please contact:
Joyce E. Pulliam-Fitzgerald Or
Production & Quality Control Manager
31763 Mountain View Rd.
Newberry Springs, CA 92365
31763 Mountain View Rd.
Newberry Springs, CA 92365
Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sancutary External Link
An animal sanctuary is a facility where animals are brought to live and be protected for the rest of their lives. Unlike animal shelters, sanctuaries do not seek to place animals with individuals or groups, instead maintaining each animal until his or her natural death. We do have a few reptiles and non-exotic animals that we allow the public to touch on certain tours. However we never allow the Exotic Cats to interact with the public, these animals are wild and in enclosures to protect them as well as you.
Forever Wild is located in Phelan, California. The location can often be exposed and windy, and the enclosures are in the open. For your safety please wear closed toe shoes when coming for a tour.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The sanctuary is located 1.3 miles up a dirt road.
Facility may close without notice due to inclement weather.
Please call ahead before coming.
To Schedule your tour, please contact Chemaine @ (760)-868-2755 or email
Schools: General Tour, All Ages $5.00 each
Guided Tour, All Ages $6.00 each (admission fees are not covered under the transportation grant)
Closed Mondays and Thursdays
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
12:00PM to 5:00PM
Saturday and Sunday
10:00AM to 5:00pm
PLEASE ALLOW 1.5 - 2 HOURS FOR YOUR VISIT.
Ft. Irwin/NTC Fort Irwin is located 37 miles northeast of Barstow. The installation consists of over 1,200 square miles and is also home to the federally listed endangered specie; the Desert Tortoise. Ft. Irwin’s Natural Resources Program manages over 755,000 acres of the Mojave Desert, and through implementation of the Mojave Desert Ecosystem Program, is able to protect and enhance natural resources using adaptive watershed, landscape, and ecosystem approaches.
Ft. Irwin’s Cultural Resources Program (CRP) is rich with the cultural heritage found within its boundaries. Excavations and surveys have uncovered many periods of Mojave Desert history. Ft. Irwin’s CRP is engaged in systematic on-going archaeological surveys and inventories of cultural resources within installation boundaries. The CRP identifies, evaluates, protects, and manages eligible historic properties, is leading the way in cultural resource management and has made significant contributions to our understanding of life in the Mojave Desert.
Tour consists of trip to a field location where presentation centers around discussions on cultural resources (mining, Native American, historic) found on Fort Irwin. Discussions focus on what these sites are and how they are important to the national historic fabric of the United States. Discussion may also include how Native Americans used the desert and how they survived. Additional attention will be paid to why it is important to preserve these historic sites and what each student can do to contribute to their conservation.
Maximum number of student on a tour is 100.
Please plan on 2.5 – 4 hours for the tour including driving time.
Grassy Hollow External Link
The programs usually consist of:
1. An informal talk on the local preserved animals on display in the Center.
2. A Hug-a-Tree program by Wrightwood Search and Rescue (how not to get lost in the forest and what to do if you do get lost)
3. Take a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail through the area burned by the 1997 Narrows Fire and damaged by last winter's storms. See the amazing forest recovery.
4. Access to the Grassy Hollow Visitor Center, where we offer interactive and tactile exhibits, mounted animal specimens, as well as nature films that can be shown in our Conference Room.
If a teacher has need of special emphasis based on classroom activity, we will try to accommodate that need. For younger children, we may be able to arrange a visit by Smokey Bear. PLEASE CONTACT HOST SITE DIRECTLY TO DETERMINE LENGTH OF YOUR VISIT.
High Desert Power Project Visitors to High Desert Power Project (HDPP) will get to see a real working power plant in action, including three combustion turbines, a steam turbine, a cooling tower, transformers & circuit breakers, a water treatment facility, and the main control room. While touring the site, visitors will also see the plant’s piping, which allows waste heat from the combustion turbines to be used to make steam in order to power the steam turbine. The crystallizer and filter presses are also visible during the tour. These devices remove all the solids from the water and allow the water to be reused and recycled. HDDP's 1.5 million gallon cooling tower is used as a heat sink for the steam turbine. Physically fit individuals are welcome to climb to the top of the cooling tower to get a close-up look at the cooling fans and a breathtaking view of the entire facility. You are encouraged to contact the HDPP prior to your visit to receive educational materials, or to arrange a pre-field trip classroom visit. (60 students limit per tour, no more than (2) buses) PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 2-HOURS FOR TOUR.
Ivanpah Solar Thermal Power Plant External Link
Ivanpah Solar Thermal Power Plant - Located off the Ivanpah Dry Lake, the Solar Thermal Power Plant (STPP) has a foot print of approximately 3,500 acres and is currently the largest solar plant under construction in the world. It has 3 generating units with a total capacity of 377 MW-enough to power more than 140,000 homes. Mirrors, called “heliostats”, reflect sunlight on to a “boiler” which is on top of a 459 foot tower. The boiler heats water producing superheated steam. This steam is piped to a turbine which turns a generator producing electricity. Most power plants use a lot of water cooling; Ivanpah uses significantly less because it uses a “dry cooling” process. Teachers and students can view the towers, the mirror field and the power block. Access to the towers is not possible. Students can expect to learn about the Solar thermal technology used at Ivanpah, and the positive environmental impacts of a project like this. A Lecture Option includes power points and /or lecture. Allow 1 hour for tour. Grades 8-12. Maximum number of students: 60. Name of students must be provided. Closed-toe shoes, long pants (NO shorts, skirts or dresses), sleeved-shirts covering shoulders (no tanks) will be allowed. Safety Sunglasses will be provided. Wheel Chair accessible. **MEEC EBB grants cover up to a 250-mile radius trip, but through a special agreement with NRG, they are providing limited additional funds to off-set the difference. These funds are available on a first-come basis or when funds expire. This site is especially of benefit to Needles and Baker School Districts.
Living Desert and Botanical Gardens External Link
Living Desert Botanical Gardens and Zoo
Education / Tours Youth Tours An Adventure in Education
The Living Desert provides an introduction to desert ecology to more to thousands of school children each year. Field Trips have the following exciting options that include our regularly scheduled storytelling, live animal encounters, Wildlife Wonders Show, Village WaTuTu, hands-on Discovery Center and our desert play land – Gecko Gulch. Picnic areas are also available.
Youth Tours appeal to all other youth leaders for many reasons, including:
Group of 15 or more are invited to book either a Zoo Zone Field Trip or Docent Guided Tour.
Zoo Zone Field Trips are available Monday Through Friday, priced at $6.00 each for grades Pre-K through 12.
Educators may make arrangements to visit the park in advance to finalize lesson plans at no charge
Groups of 15 or more are invited to book one of the following options:
$6.00 per participant (Grades 1-12 – Limited to 120 per day. Offered Monday through Friday from the mid of October until mid May, excluding school holidays & program black-out dates.)
Our friendly docents take you on a 90 minute tour that can be modified to meet your educational goals. Tours start between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. You may choose a tour of African or North American exhibits, or book a North American tour highlighting the ancient Cahuilla Indians. After your docent-led tour you may continue to enjoy the park at your leisure!
Docent-Guided Tours require a minimum of one adult per 10 children.
NEW “Zoo Zone Field Trips” $6.00 per participant (Grades Pre-K to 12)
(Offered Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am.
This program offers teachers and their students an adventurous walk through the park in search of six stations attended by volunteers to answer their questions about wildlife animals and plants. A map and guide to the six stations are provided along with some questions to ask volunteers. Look for demonstration carts with a volunteer wearing a red or blue shirt.
Zoo Zone field Trips require a minimum of one adult per five students. (6 adults per 10 students maximum). (This time slot is the only time the docents will be at these 6 stations. So allow a minimum of 1 ½ hours to get all of these stations.)
In Along with this you may want to include:
• Giraffe Chat and Feeding at 10:00am
• 11:00am and 2:00pm Wildlife Wonder Show (20 to 25 minute show)
• NEW “Discovery Center” building with all hands-on activities that tell about how deserts were formed and pre-historic times (open from 9:30am to 4:30pm)
• NEW “Ant Farm” exhibit at the Discovery Center.
• For $5.00 each, you can ride a camel!!!
• Jaguar Exhibit
In compliance with Title 13, California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 13, §2480 and in order to conserve energy and preserve the environment, no vehicles may idle for more than 5 consecutive minutes.
Pre- and Post Visit Material Packets Are Available for free Download by contacting: email@example.com
• Field trip information • Guidelines for school groups • What is a Desert? • Activities for classroom settings • Background fact sheetsWe hope you are able to take advantage of this educational program that allows educators to book tours to The Living Desert at a special discount.
For more details or to book a tour contact:
School Field Trips Director
760-346-5694, extension 2519
Tuesday through Thursday mornings, Docents and/or Education staff make house calls to local classrooms within the Coachella Valley School Districts. We are pleased to offer a variety of fascinating programs for Pre-K through 6th grade, geared to state science and history standards and The Living Desert’s Mission. Call Linda Gaeta at 760-346-5694, ext. 2505 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Mitsubishi Cement Corporation Lucerne Valley- (3rd Grade and up) Mitsubishi Cement Corporation – Cushenbury Mine and cement manufacture facility (grades 3 and up). See how cement is made from raw materials blasted from the mountain-side into an important building material. Beautiful views of the cement process overlook Lucerne Valley and beyond. See how vegetation is re-established to restore the natural habitat. See how raw materials are mixed and heated and then transformed to cement clinker. See a big pile of waste tires that are used daily as clean fuel for the process. Every student will learn the difference between cement and concrete! ALLOW AT LEAST 2 HOURS FOR TOUR.
Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District External Link
(K-12) Clean Power Education Center (CPEC) - Located in the lobby of the MDAQMD's Victorville offices, the CPEC was designed to promote renewable, clean sources of energy and educate the public about their benefits to the environment, the economy and future energy demands. The display includes a 1/48 scale working model of the District's Solar Electric System, a diagram of how a solar cell works, actual size PV solar cells, a Solar Kiosk - a touch screen, interactive display customized to the MDAQMD's specific roof-top system, and highlighting it's performance data. Since its 2004 installation, the MDAQMD’s solar system has produced more than 1,000,000 KWh of electricity, which has saved the District more than $280,000 in energy costs and prevented approximately 631,000 lbs of C0 emissions. Includes a grade appropriate air quality workshop/presentation and tour of the air monitoring station and Clean Power Education Center. No more than (60) students per tour. ALLOW 1.5 HOURS FOR TOUR.
Mojave National Preserve Mojave National Preserve Kelso Depot Visitor Center –
This renovated 1920s-era train station includes two floors of exhibits highlighting the natural and cultural history of the Mojave Desert; a National Park Store; the Beanery Lunch Counter; a theatre showing introductory films; and the Desert Light Gallery. Rangers will meet your group for a guided tour of the facility. Students should bring lunch. Allow for at least 2 hours at Kelso Depot.
Mojave National Preserve Hole-in-the-Wall-
Rangers escort students on the Rings Loop Trail, a two-hour guided walk beginning at Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center. Students will view petroglyphs and rock formations, which offer vivid examples of volcanic processes. Students will be offered supervised free time to explore the bizarre rock formation for which Hole-in-the-Wall is named. The hike culminates as students climb up Banshee Canyon on metal rings embedded in the rock. Students should bring their own lunch. Allow for at least 3 hours at Hole-in-the-Wall.
Kelso Junction & the Hole in the Wall- within the Mojave National Preserve are also scheduled from this site (Mitchell Caverns is no longer available due to State cutbacks). Kelso Depot Visitors Center, Mojave Natioanl Park, is located in a renovated 1920s-era train station and includes two floors of exhibits highlighting the natural and cultural history of the Mojave Desert; a National Park Store; the Beanery Lunch Counter; a theatre showing introductory films; and the Desert Light Gallery. Rangers will meet your group for a guided tour of the facility. Students should bring lunch. Hole-in-the-Wall, Mojave National Park, is a two-hour guided walk beginning at Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center. Rangers escort students on the Rings Loop Trail. Students will view petroglyphs and rock formations, which offer vivid examples of volcanic processes. Students will be offered supervised free time to explore the bizarre rock formation for which Hole-in-the-Wall is named. The hike culminates as students climb up Banshee Canyon on metal rings embedded in the rock. Students should bring their own lunch. TRIPS TO THE MOJAVE PRESERVE SHOULD ALLOW FOR AT LEAST 2-5 HOURS AT SITE DEPENDING ON LOCATION AND ACTIVITY WITHIN THE PRESERVE.
For Hole in the Wall, please contact:
Christina Mills (Burns) - Mojave National Preserve 760-252-6123(Hole in the Wall office)
760-326-7051 (BLM office) email: Christina_Burns@nps.gov.
For Kelso Depot, please contact: Dora McKeever – Tel 760-252-6100(NPS office) email: dora_McKeever@nps.gov
Mojave Water Agency One of the standouts of this new LEED Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility is the 1.7 acre sized demonstration garden. The New Headquarters Facility is helping decrease negative air quality effects of transportation impacts by providing employees with bicycle access, storage and showering facilities within 200 yards of the main entrance. Hybrid or electric automobiles are encouraged through the provision of preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles.
A comprehensive photo-voltaic system was installed, comprised of roof, carport and ground mounted panels that produce up to 70% of the facility’s power needs. With 258 kW DC panels, the project was completed using some of the most advanced solar technology available.
The Desert Garden displays alternatives to turf as well as other high water consuming plants. The desert has a unique feel to its environment, and this is what the garden truly shines on. Landscaping ideas, utilizing best water conservation practices as well as seeing what plants work best in the ever-changing climate of the High Desert are all parts of this gorgeous garden. The garden is open to the public during normal business hours. Customized school tours for energy and water conservation and energy/garden service learning project ideas. Perfect for school Environmental Clubs and STEM Service Learning groups.
Please allow 2 hours for tour. Wheelchair accessible.
Maximum students: 36
Contact for school tours is Tamara Alaniz,
Water Conservation Program Manager,
Mojave Water Agency
NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located about 35 miles north of Barstow on the Ft. Irwin Military Base. Goldstone communications facilities ground controllers maintain constant observation of robotic spacecraft exploring the solar system and beyond, providing constant observation of spacecraft as the Earth rotates. Goldstone is part of the largest and most sensitive scientific telecommunications system in the world 'That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' That famous communiqué from Apollo 11 during the historic first-ever moon walk was brought to you by the 64-meter antenna at NASA's Deep Space Network in Goldstone, California. The tour begins at the Goldstone museum where three large areas are dedicated to current missions, past missions, and Deep Space Network history - plus there is a hands-on room for students. The guided tour (in the bus) travels around the 53-square-mile complex to view the large antennas. All tours must be scheduled in advance. PLEASE ALLOW 2 HOURS FOR YOUR TOUR, NOT INCLUDING DRIVE TIME TO FORT IRWIN ENTRANCE
Palmdale Water Reclamation Plant LA County Sanitation District: Palmdale Water Reclamation Plant – The Palmdale Water Reclamation Plant, located 30th Street East and Avenue P-8, employs conventional activated sludge processes with nitrification/dentrification to produce up to 12 million gallons per day of high quality, tertiary recycled water suitable for all types of reuse. Visitors on this walking tour will see the plant’s influent pump stations; flex rake operation; aerated grit chambers; primary settling basins; bio-solids air floatation units; bio-solids anaerobic digesters; bio-solids centrifuges; secondary aeration basins; secondary settling basins; tertiary cloth media filtration units; final chlorine contact basins; and the Palmdale Effluent Management Site which consists of approximately 2,500 acres of production alfalfa and grain crops irrigated with tertiary recycled water. ALLOW 2 HOURS FOR TOUR. STURDY, CLOSED TOE SHOES ARE REQUIRED. THIS TOUR REQUIRES CLIMBING OF MANY STAIRS AND IS THEREFOR NOT FULLY ADA ACCESSIBLE.
Twentynine Palms Water and Fire Department Tour External Link
Twentynine Palms Water and Fire Department Tour –
Students can enjoy a tour of local water and fire department facilities on the Twentynine Palms Water District environmental education tour. From pumps and reservoirs to pumper trucks and fire stations, students will get an interactive look at how the District operates. By discussing and observing the tools that we use to distribute and treat water from the sole source for 29 Palms – our groundwater – students will gain an understanding of why protecting our groundwater resources from pollution and overdraft is critical to public health and welfare. By viewing the fire apparatus and interacting with fire crews, students can learn about the importance of fire protection and how water and fire systems interact in our desert environment.
Tours must be limited to one classroom of students at a time and will especially target fifth grade students who are studying Earth Science.
The tour is 2.5 - 3 hours and morning is ideal due to the heat. Handicapped accessible.
Contact: Cindy Fowlkes 760-367-7546
Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) Visitors to Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) will get to see a brand new Transit facility in full operation. While touring the site, visitors will see the facility’s 1-megawatt of photo-voltaic solar paneling, which powers 100% of the facility’s electric needs including the fuel pumps. VVTA boasts the usage of CNG fuel for the majority of the fleet, as well as access flooring and a state of the art Maintenance Building. VVTA also has beautiful “solar-tube” lighting on the second floor of the facility, which allows an abundance of natural light, saving electricity. Visitors will also be able to tour the bus wash facility which utilizes an underground water tank that recycles water. Teachers/Students must wear closed toe shoes (no flip flops or sandals).
THE AVERAGE TOUR LASTS APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR. There is a limit of one class per tour and classes will be divided into groups of 10 persons plus 1 chaperone.
Victor Valley Waste Water Reclamation Authority VVWRA offers tours of the Regional Treatment Plant to students in the fifth grade and higher. Students will be given a short presentation before leaving on a walking tour of the plant. The tour will show all phases of the treatment process, including primary sedimentation tanks, diffused aeration bays, secondary clarifiers, tertiary filtration and the final outfall to the Mojave River. The tour involves approximately 45 minutes of walking and standing. Wear good walkiing shoes-no flipflops, sandals or shorts.
Treatment processes are not handicapped accessible due to safety concerns.
PLEASE ALLOW 1.5 - 2 HOURS.
Vista del Lago-Pyramide Lake External Link
With a sweeping view of Pyramid Lake from its wraparound balcony, Vista del Lago Visitors Center is the largest of DWR's three information facilities. Resident tour guides offer guests both personal and school tours. And as installation of new exhibits continues, the center now supports California's Education and Environment Initiatives (EEI) Curriculum.
At Vista del Lago a visitor's journey at the center begins with a MAGIC PLANET spherical screen offering videos developed by the Smithsonian Institute and other science museums. The topics discuss the finite quantity of earth’s water, the effects of climate change and many other water-related issues.
Go back in time with the ‘ANCIENT WATER’ EXHIBIT and learn how past civilizations endeavored to move water to their people. The world-class dioramas in this exhibit will thrill children and adults alike. Then learn about the issues that threaten our water supply in California as well as the many creative ways people are discovering to improve our stewardship of water at the ‘THREATS AND INNOVATIONS’ EXHIBIT.
Through a giant mock pipeline, visitors enter the STATE WATER PROJECT ROOM, where a three-dimensional model depicts all the Project's facilities, including reservoirs and power and pumping plants. Another display illustrates the massive tools used to construct the SWP, the nation's largest state-built water and power development system. The difficulty of pumping water up-hill 1,926 feet is made clear with the PUMPING WHEEL. Other exhibits include a TIMELINE OF CALIFORNIA'S WATER HISTORY and a video flight, “WINGS OVER WATER”, soaring over the entire length of the State Water Project.
No explanation of California water would be complete without discussion of the SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA, the largest estuary on the West Coast, featured in the center's ROOM 5. The state's two biggest rivers flow through the Delta before reaching the SWP's first pumping plant. The Delta supplies water to 25 million Californians and roughly three million acres of irrigated farmland. Its fragile environment is troubled by water exports, invasive species, and pollution, among other threats. Declining fish and wildlife populations in the Delta jeopardize the reliability of the water supplies upon which much of California's economy depends. The center also features a video presentation, projected on a huge topographical map of California, that explains how the state's geography influences where rain and snow fall -- and how water is transported to drier regions.
At Vista del Lago, visitors can also learn about the 29 public water agencies that receive State Water Project supplies. Their customers pay the costs of constructing, operating, and maintaining the Project.
The Vista del Lago Visitors Center, open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day, is located on Interstate Highway 5 between the cities of Castaic and Gorman. There is a Vista del Lago off-ramp, north and south. For more information, call (661) 294-0219.