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Wetlands Education, Visitors, & Awards

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 more than 30 countries have toured the site, including:

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


  • 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