Wetlands Education, Visitors, & Awards

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Wetlands Water Education Facility General Facts:

  • "Official" Open House/Grand Opening - October 8, 1999
  • School Use - the building was organized and configured by EMWD’s Community Involvement Department education specialist. Approximately 1,200 square feet.
  • School groups started using the building October 13, 1999
  • Educational Materials, purchased and donated
  • Hands-on Education Program, Tested in Grades 3-6
  • Expect about 30 groups of school students each school year

Other Uses:

  • Meeting Room for non-school visitors
  • Researchers use the building for sample preparation, rest, lunch, etc.

Tour Groups and Academic & Civic Use of the Wetlands Facilities

  • International Visitors from 34 Countries have toured the site:

 Algeria  Cuba (corres. only) Israel     Russia 
 Australia  Dominican Rep.  Japan  Spain
 Bolivia  Ecuador  Jordan  Taiwan
 Brazil  Egypt  Mexico  Tunisia
 Canada  Ethiopia  Moldova  Uruguay
 Chile  France  Morocco  West Bank       
 China  Gaza Strip  Nicaragua           Yemen
 Colombia   Greece  Oman  
 Costa Rica          Guatemala  Peru  

  • Native American Groups:
    • Hopi Tribe (Kykotsmovi, AZ)
    • Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (Palm Springs, CA)
    • Augustine Band of Mission Indians (Coachella, CA)
    • Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians (Anza, CA)
    • Torres-Martinez Band (Thermal, CA)
    • Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians (Coachella, CA)
  • Geography Summer Commuter Institute Tour, sponsored by National Geographic Society and Cal. State University, San Bernardino.
  • Various water purveyors and wastewater treatment agencies investigating possible wetlands projects, as well as other groups, have visited the H/SJ site and view it as a model for future projects.
  • UC Riverside and UCR Extension - numerous field trips for various classes and departments; classroom presentations at UCR also provided by staff.
  • Mt. San Jacinto Community College used the wetlands and an outdoor ecology laboratory and conducted classes on site.
  • Boy Scouts of America - site for Eagle Scout Community Service Efforts.
  • Southern California. Science Fair projects, including a statewide winner.
  • Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP).
  • Tour and use of site for meeting, League of Women Voters, Environmental Action Committee.

Project Awards

  • 2001 - ACWA - Association of California Water Agencies, Clair A. Hill Award for Excellence
  • 1994 - ACWA - Association of California Water Agencies , Theodore Roosevelt Environmental Award for Excellence in Natural Resources
  • 1994 - AMSA - Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies Research and Technology Award
  • 1993 Inland Empire West Resource Conservation District Conservation Partnership Award, Water Quality
  • 1992 - California Local Government Commission Award for Innovation in Water Conservation, Reclamation, and Management