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MEEC improves the environmental literacy of students, teachers, and communities of the Mojave Desert Region by actively providing educational resources.

EnviroBus Buck Online Application

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 MEEC will not consider any handwritten outdated EBB applications.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.

“Dream Sites”
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.
Big Bear Discovery Center Big Bear Discovery Center – National Children’s Forest Center – Winter Snowshoe Hike – Investigating Ecosystems – Junior Forest Ranger- Big Bear Discovery Center/Fawnskin & National Children’s Forest/Running Springs- Programs are designed to meet California State standards and create a solid foundation in forest ecological principals and environmental stewardship. Students will learn to appreciate the natural world through exploration and though-provoking activities. Environmental programs include: Winter Snowshoe Hike: While exploring our local mountains on snowshoes, students will discover how plants, humans, and animals adapt to the winter environment. Through demonstrations, observation, and independent discovery, students will learn about the water cycle, snowpack, local watershed and human impacts on these systems at the local and regional levels. Grades 5-12 Length: 2-3 hours Students: 40 max **Additional $50 per class Investigation Ecosystems: Students engage in observation, activities, and discussion about local wildlife, food chains, habitat components and adaptations. Through activities, students gain an appreciation for the complexity and diversity of the natural environment. Students will gain a greater understanding of environmental stewardship and the importance of preserving and protection public lands. Grades: 6-6 Length: 1-3 hours Students: 60 max Junior Forest Ranger: Students journey through a series of three activities where they will have hands-on opportunities to learn skills that will excite them about their local mountains, while completing their ranger workbook. Students will learn basic principles of fire ecology, learn the different parts of a compass, complete an orienteering course, and explore the natural world using their many senses to improve their observation skills. This program provides continued learning through workbook activities that motivate children to explore and embrace their responsibility to the natural world. Available only at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Grades:3-6 Length: 3 hours Students: 60 max Fee Schedule (based upon length of schedule) 3 hours: $200 for every 30 students: additional students $7 each 2 hours: $150 for every 30 students: additional students $5 each 1 hours: $75 for every 30 students: additional students $2.50 each **Snowshoeing: $50 extra/class
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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.
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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 Elementis Specialties 31763 Mountain View Rd. Newberry Springs, CA 92365 760-257-3301 x227 Mike McGath 31763 Mountain View Rd. Newberry Springs, CA 92365 760-257-3301 x228 Michael.McGath@elementis-na.com
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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 foreverwild@verizon.net 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.
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The Frontier Project is a regional model for sustainable design and technology. It is the most comprehensive educational resource in the Inland Empire for green technology and design, and sustainable building and living practices. The Frontier Project promotes and advances sustainable homes, workplaces and communities to enhance the quality of urban life through educational programming, workshops and sustainable technology demonstration and by acting as a resource network. Open to the public Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. the Frontier Project features a model kitchen, living room, green roof, solar panel array, sustainable technologies and a native and waterless garden area. Kiosks are located throughout the building allowing you to view more detailed information about products and technologies. Guided tours are available for groups of ten or more. Tours are offered weekdays with advanced notice. To sign up for a tour, please e-mail info@frontierproject.org or call 909-944-6025.
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. Grades K-12 Maximum number of student on a tour is 100. Please plan on 2.5 – 4 hours for the tour including driving time.
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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.
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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.
Lancaster Water Reclamation Plant LA County Sanitation District: Lancaster Water Reclamation Plant – The Lancaster Water Reclamation Plant, located at the 14 Freeway and Avenue “D”, employs conventional activated sludge processes with nitrification/dentrification to produce up to 16 million gallons per day of high quality, tertiary recycled water suitable for all purposes of reuse. Visitors of 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 digester; bio-solids centrifuges; secondary aeration basins’ secondary settling basins; tertiary multi-media filtration units; final chlorine contact basins; and tertiary storage reservoirs (1.2 billion gallon capacity). 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.
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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  Free parking Groups of 15 or more are invited to book one of the following options: DOCENT-GUIDED TOURS $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: schoolfieldtrips@livingdesert.org Materials include: • 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: Bobby Sizemore School Field Trips Director 760-346-5694, extension 2519 schoolfieldtrips@livingdesert.org Outreach Programs 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 lgaeta@livingdesert.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.
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(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 (760) 946-7038 talaniz@mojavewater.org
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.
Prime Woodland Preserve Antelope Valley - First proposed in 1985, the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve is the result of the efforts of many local residents and the Lancaster City Council. This scenic location nestled within an urban area has been established to provide visitors an opportunity to learn about the animals, plants, and the region in which we live, as well as a place to simply relax and enjoy nature. The Preserve has an area of about 100 acres with over two miles of trails. ALLOW AT LEAST 2 HOURS FOR TOUR DEPENDING ON ACTIVITIES.
San Bernardino County Museum San Bernardino County Museum Making the Most of Your Field Trip to the San Bernardino County Museum Reservations Call (909) 307-2669 ext. 256 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462 Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and have this information ready: Fees for school groups with reservation- $4.00 per student, pre-K (under 4 years old) $1.00 per student, one teacher per class free. All other adults pay $5.00. • date you are requesting for your trip • name of teacher or organizer making the reservation • name of school or organization, with address and telephone number • names of teachers or leaders • number of students and adults who will be visiting Terms for Group Visits to the Museum • We require at least one adult chaperone per ten students over first grade, and one adult per five student’s first grade and below. • Last minute changes in field trip arrangements are subject to space availability. • Drop-in groups are permitted, but the Exploration Station is not available without reservations. • If you need to cancel, please let us know at least ten days ahead. • Payment for your field trip may be by cash, check, money order, or purchase order. Cash visitors: please collect and count your admission fees before you arrive! My Day at the County Museum • Using the "My Day at the San Bernardino County Museum" guide, explore the three levels of the museum. The gallery guide uses questions and activities to help students investigate the museum galleries. The guides are grade-specific and tied to California Content Standards. • Take a walk and visit our gardens. Learn about native plants and their uses in our ethnobotany garden, check what's growing in the community garden, and enjoy our cactus and desert gardens. • Visit our Exploration Station. Your class will be greeted by a museum educator who will enrich your experience with live animals and hands-on experiences to help students relate to the world around them. Getting Ready to Visit Before your field trip, prepare your students and Chaperones. Conduct one or more of the pre-trip activities with students. Keep in mind that the more they know before they arrive, the more they will benefit from their trip. Show them our Education Program brochure and photos from our website. Knowing what to expect while on their trip eases the novelty of being in a place for the first time. Copy the student guide, My Day at the San Bernardino County Museum for each student. (You receive this Guide when you make your field trip reservation.) Show students their guides before your trip. Pre-Planning Visits Teachers who make field trip reservations each receive one free admission pass to the Museum to prepare for their trip. You may visit the Museum during regular hours prior to the day of your reservation. Your confirmation letter will include a pre-trip packet that you can use to prepare your students for their visit. Museum Store Discounts Teachers can show their school identification to become eligible for our Teacher's Discount Card, good for a 10% discount on educational materials. The Museum Store is also happy to work with you on special orders for your classroom. You can call the Museum Store at (909) 307-2669 ext. 228 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.
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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.