The Water Education Program is offering two FREE teacher workshops for the 2018-2019 school year:  

    Climate Literacy and Understanding Global Change Workshop

    Saturday, December 1st, 2018

    10:00-4:30 p.m.

    Thanks to the success of last year's workshop, we are again offering a FREE, one-day workshop to support K-12 teachers as they integrate climate science, and global change into their curricula and as they help students in carrying out climate action projects. Available to all teachers and educators. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

    Workshop attendees will receive:
    -Research-based teaching strategies and techniques
    -Free visual aids that make complex data more comprehensible
    -Best practices in communicating climate and global change
    -Hands-on activities to teach complex earth systems interactions.
    -Support in engaging students in relevant actions and projects within the community. -Current statistics from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    -List of local programs available to teachers for learning about local environmental issues.

    Presenters include:

    Jessica Bean, UC Berkeley. Jessica will share portions of a comprehensive research-based curricula called Understanding Global Change. This web-based resource still in development from the UC Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley, provides science teachers with a conceptual framework, systems models, lessons and resources and assessment tools to guide the design of interdisciplinary global change curricula. Content is geared towards 6th-12th grades but can be modified for younger students.

    Jennifer Stock, NOAA/Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Jennifer will present an update on the state of our oceans and offer a series of hands on activities that teach students the science behind ocean acidification, sea-level rise and changing food webs in the ocean.

    Trisha Meisler, Sonoma Water. Trisha will provide an overview of the new energy education programs and materials available to elementary and high school teachers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.

    Amy Jolly, Center for Climate Protection. Amy will introduce the ECO2schools youth leadership program which inspires young people to take action for immediate greenhouse gas emissions reductions while promoting long-term personal and community environmental action. Several students will be on hand to share their projects and experiences with the program.


     Register for the Climate Literacy Workshop 12/1/2018 


    Steelhead in the ClassroomSteelhead in the Classroom Information

    The Sonoma County Water Agency sponsors schools for the Steelhead in the Classroom program in the Russian River Watershed and our service area. This program is officially called the Classroom Aquarium Education Program (CAEP) and is run by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

    Learn more about the Steelhead in the Classroom Program



    The January 26th, 2019 Steelhead in the Classroom Workshop is FULL sign up for the WAITLIST

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019

    9:00am – 3:30pm

    Cost: FREE!

    Teachers can raise steelhead in their own classrooms after

    attending this workshop. This workshop is FREE, but space is limited!

    Learn about your local watershed, the fish that live here and how you can raise steelhead in your classroom. This workshop qualifies teachers to apply for a permit to receive fish eggs from the Warms Springs Hatchery at Lake Sonoma and hatch steelhead fish in their classroom.

    By attending this workshop you will not only garner a greater understanding of your local watersheds and fisheries, but we will also provide activities and lessons focused on watersheds, water quality, river systems, and the habitat needs of salmonids. Project WILD Aquatic certification will be included in this workshop.

    Workshop attendees will receive:

    • All aquarium equipment needed and instructions on how to set up your incubator
    • Training on the permitting process for hatching fish in your classroom
    • A copy of the new WILD About Trout multi-media program
    • Project WILD curriculum guide
    • Local watershed maps
    • Posters on aquatic habitats and fish anatomy

    This workshop is co-sponsored by the Water Agency, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited.

    Workshop location: Sonoma County Water Agency, Westside Education Center, 9703 Wohler Road, Forestville.

    PDF map to the workshop

    Lunch and snacks will be provided!

    Register for the Steelhead in the Classroom Workshop 1/26/2019



    Questions? Please contact David Berman at or 707-521-6201