Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Park Video

Check out the video Inland Empire Waterkeeper made featuring Patriot High School enjoying a Water Discovery Field Trip at the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sign up for the FREE Environmental Education Workshop Series with Santa Ana Watershed Association

Our partners, Santa Ana Watershed Association is hosting an Environmental Education Workshop Series for educators. It is completely free!

The first of the series will be Project Learning Tree and will be held on January 21, 2012, 10:00am - 3:00pm
The second will be
Project Wet on January 28, 2012, 10:00am - 3:00pm
and the third is
Project Flying Wild on February 4, 2012, 10:00am - 3:00pm
All the workshops will be held at the Mary Vagle Nature Center at

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You'll have to bring your own sack lunch. But, you'll receive a free curriculum guide along with the workshops.

To register, contact: Carrie Raleigh at or 909-280-1120

IEUA Career Day Event

On November 22, 2011 The Agency held a Career Day for a group of high school age boys that are in foster care. They live in a group home in San Bernardino. Their placement is due to many factors, such as parents being unsuitable for guardianship.

The program through the University of Redlands was created to address the academic needs of this population outside of school. Statistics show that foster youth have low success rates for high school completion and high rates of homelessness, drug abuse, and incarceration after emancipation (after age 18). The program is designed to change these statistics and have proven successful and recognized by state organizations such as California Council on Teacher Education.

The students are from a wide range of areas, including Bakersfield, San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange County and locally in San Bernardino. 

The students received information from Agency staff on careers in the wastewater industry and how/what it takes to enter the industry. Students also participated in a tour of IEUA wastewater treatment Regional Plant No. 5 and the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park.

We had a total of 24 students in attendance with 9 adults.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall Festival of Birds

Great Horned Owl: Wild Wings Booth
The 3rd Annual Fall Festival of Birds hosted by the Santa Ana Watershed Association was a huge success on Saturday.  Over 500 people visited the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park to celebrate our feathered friends. Thank you to all of the SAWA staff who helped make this a wonderful experience for all of the visitors and participants.  We appreciate all of the following organizations for participating in this event:

  • Santa Ana Watershed Association Biology and Education Departments
  • Healthy Chino
  • Orange County Water District
  • Monte Vista 4-H
  • Inside the Outdoors
  • Inland Empire Utilities Agency
  • Mary Vagle Nature Center
  • Riverside-Corona Resource District
  • Riverside County Parks
  • Troop 2624
  • West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden
  • Pomona Valley Audubon
  • Inland Empire Resource Conservation District 
  • Wild Wings
  • Loma Vista Middle School  

Water Discovery - Service Learning Project

Just recently, Patriot High School from Riverside came out and did a service learning project in the park. The Santa Ana Watershed Association and Inland Empire Water Keeper led the students through the park as they learned about our regions water and wildlife. Towards the end they helped clean up and plant new plants in our Garden in Every School®(GIES) demonstration garden. Here are some photos from that event.
Listening for instructions with their teacher.

Planting new plants. (Don't forget to take them out of the bucket first)

Here's Brett from Santa Ana Watershed Association helping out one of the volunteers.

Delicately placing the new plant in the ground.

A beautiful new penstemon planted in the ground.
After about an hour of planting, the students from Patriot high learned why we do the GIES program. The importance of water for growing food, and about our mediterranean climate and appropriate plants for our climate. Just because we have a relatively dry climate, doesn't mean that we have to plant cacti only. The students also learned about different types of irrigation and we showed them examples of drip irrigation that is in the demonstration garden in the park.