Water Education Programs

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Water Education Programs
W.H.A.L.E.S. Program

Moulton Niguel Water District and Orange County Coastkeeper bring water education to MNWD middle schools! In-class presentations and local field trips will teach students the importance of water quality, water efficiency and global sustainability.

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Moulton Niguel Water District has partnered with Orange County Coastkeeper to launch an innovative water education program that will get kids involved in water conservation and environmental protection. Through Coastkeeper’s W.H.A.L.E.S. program, Orange County middle schoolers will go on field trips to a local watershed in Moulton Niguel’s service area, take part in interactive learning activities and even conduct a water quality test of their own. Coastkeeper’s W.H.A.L.E.S. program, which stands for Watershed Heroes: Actions Linking Education to Stewardship, was conceived as a way to make it easier for students to understand water efficiency and sustainability.


Interested in signing up? Check out the program details below!

Program Details:

  • Open to all middle school classes in the Moulton Niguel Water District service area
  • Funding covers the in-class presentation, field trips, and busing to and from a local watershed and creek.
  • Each field trip can accommodate 40 students, but can accommodate for larger groups over multiple days
  • The program is funded by Moulton Niguel Water District and administered by OC Coastkeeper

Each Class Will Receive: 

  • In-Class Presentation discussing their local watershed, urban runoff, water conservation, global sustainability, and watershed function and health. Additionally, students will learn about the District’s water budget-based rate structure and how it can be used as a tool to indicate whether a household is over-watering their landscape. Students will learn how over-watering contributes to dry-weather runoff, which carries pollutants into storm drains and eventually into local creeks and beaches.
  • Two Field Trips:
    • Exploring Your Watershed: Field trip entails a guided hike at a local trail with a naturalist. Location Options: Salt Creek Trail, Aliso Creek Trail, and San Juan Creek Trail
    • Water Quality Testing: Field trip entails a water quality lesson and tests at a local water body.

Sign Me Up! 
Teachers or school administrators who are interested in participating should complete the following survey: http://bit.ly/MNWDCoastkeeper


  • Lindsey Stuvick, Water Efficiency Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District – (949) 448-4065 or lstuvick@mnwd.com
  • Dyana Pena, Education Director, OC Coastkeeper – (714) 850-1965 x305 or dyana@coastkeeper.org