The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) is committed to establishing and maintaining close partnerships with local schools to help educate future generations of water users. IEUA is committed to providing the community with programs that focus on teaching water use efficiency methods, environmental stewardship, origination and sustainability of water resources, water quality, and the local ecosystem. IEUA offers a variety of educational programs to facilitate educational awareness.
Education programs are offered to K-12 students within IEUA’s service area. These programs include: Water Discovery field trips to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park; “Water is Life” poster contest; Garden in Every School® program; National Theatre for Children; Solar Cup; and more. IEUA provides these environmental education field trips, presentations, and materials to schools at no cost.
The Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park consists of 22 acres and 1.7 miles of trails that are landscaped with a wide variety of climate appropriate and low water use plants, and features a state-of-the-art irrigation management system. The park is open to the public to enjoy at their leisure during daylight hours as well as providing an educational experience to students through the Water Discovery Field Trip program.
Educational awareness is facilitated through the Water Discovery Field Trip program to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park in the city of Chino. The Water Discovery Field Trip program focuses on water conservation, wetlands and watershed issues. By incorporating hands-on activities with State Standards, students are engaged to learn about current water and environmental challenges in a fun, outdoor environment.
The Park facilities include an outdoor classroom, 1.7 miles of trails, and educational stations tailored to grade levels. The Water Discovery Field Trip program is free to participating schools as well as provides a Busing Mini-grant to qualifying schools.
Local and regional school programs are held at the Park, including Earth Day and the Water Discovery educational program. For information on upcoming events in the Park visit our Calendar.
IEUA offers a Busing Mini-Grant which allows for qualifying schools and organizations to apply for transportation funding to and from the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park to take part in the Water Discovery Field trip program. The Busing Mini-Grant is available to formal and non-formal educators, schools, and youth groups, in particular, those who can demonstrate a need for funds. To apply, please review the grant guidelines and complete the application.
Since 2004, IEUA has reached over 19,000 students with its award winning Garden in Every School® program. The Garden in Every School Program® (GIES) educates school-age children, school staff and community members about the efficient use of water through the establishment of thematic school gardens that feature climate appropriate plants and more efficient irrigation methods that are coordinated with provisions state-aligned curriculum materials. Building this relationship with the schools is significantly important to IEUA and its partners.
The program works as an assisted grant: first, applicants participate in a mandatory program overview workshop. Then, selected applicants are awarded a grant valued at $4,500 for IEUA to assist in the installation of an up to 2000 square foot garden. The garden is designed, created, and installed through a series of hands on work sessions with teachers, parents, students, and program staff.
Contact Andrea Carruthers for details on applying to the 2014 program.