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Water and Energy Education Programs

Explorations for students and teachers

We provide the following educational programs to Anaheim public and private elementary schools to awaken young minds to the importance of conserving natural resources, protecting the environment, and learning to use water and energy efficiently in their daily lives. There are several educational programs from which to choose. Feel free to sign up for more than one.

Looking for a great place to take your class, scout group, or other organization to delve deep into the natural world?

Come to Oak Canyon Nature Center for a Group Tour! Each tour is led by a professional staff naturalist. Tours are 1.5 hours and include a nature hike, museum visit, and live animal demonstration. You can even pick from a variety of themes to match your needs!

A minimum of 20 children is required to reserve your spot, and there must be a ratio of 1 adult for every 10 children. Tours are available by reservation only, and are dependent upon staff availability. Please call the Nature Center at (714) 998-8380 to enquire about availability and reserve your spot.

Fee: $6.00 per participant
        $4.00 per adult
        Teachers and Instructors are FREE

Teachers, you can get more information, schedule classes and/or receive teachers’ kits to prepare students for the lessons by calling the Oak Canyon Nature Center at 714.998.8380.

Discovery Science Center Water Education Program

Anaheim Public Utilities, in partnership with the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC), provides grade-specific water education classes, field trips, and teacher workshops through the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. The curriculum for first through fifth graders covers basic facts about the water cycle, water treatment, water storage and water recycling. The program is designed to help youngsters appreciate water as our most precious natural resource. They will learn how they can help protect it through pollution prevention and water conservation.

Teachers are encouraged to visit MWDOC’s Website at www.mwdoc.com to learn more about the program and to obtain teachers’ kits for the classes. To schedule a class, call 714.913.5012.

Water Conservation Poster Contest

Anaheim Public Utilities hosts an annual water conservation poster contest to help celebrate the month of May as California’s Water Awareness Month. First through Sixth graders are invited to create colorful posters depicting water conservation at home, at school, in agriculture, or in business and industry. First-, second- and third-place winners are selected from each grade and are honored at a special pre-game ceremony at Angel Stadium. Each first-place winner also receives a $100 savings bond. To learn more about the contest or the deadline for poster submissions, call 714.765.4256.


Anaheim Public Utilities’ TreePower offers program to help educate second- through sixth-grade children about nature’s cooling system – trees.

TreePower staff facilitates the learning experience at schools, libraries and community centers, showing participants how trees can conserve energy. Activities may include planting trees, taking tree measurements, harvesting acorns or even taking park tree walks.

As an added bonus, schools that participate in the TreePower program, which provides free shade trees, can enhance the educational experience by having students observe the growth and progress of trees they have planted. We design programs to meet the needs of the participants and address the season. We offer curriculum materials at no charge to the students or the schools. For more information, call 714.491.8733.