Suisun Marsh Watershed & Wetland
Solano County Water Agency, Solano County Department of Resource Management and Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District fund the RCD’s Suisun Marsh Watershed Education Program. This field trip-based program is available to sixth and seventh grade students and is focused on a discreet, special watershed to develop participant understanding of:
- the impacts of storm water on their watershed, particularly the impacts of oil, chemicals and human debris;
- the concept of a watershed;
- the source of their drinking water;
- the threats to Suisun Marsh and the solutions to those threats.
Students prepare with three in-class lessons about the characteristics of a watershed, the effects of storm water pollution on our creeks, marsh, and ocean. Students study the geography of Solano County and the Suisun Marsh Watershed with various types of maps, and learn about native and non-native plants and animals, culminating in an optional poster session presentation of student research of plants and animals endemic to Suisun Marsh.
All this leads to full-day field trip to Rush Ranch Nature Center, where student rotate through three hands-on learning stations covering the marsh's soil, water, and plants. After lunch, students take a nature hike through the Rush Ranch property, during which they will write poetry about their field trip experience. Back in the classroom, a fourth in-class lesson teaches students about marine debris and their role in its creation and management.
Students learn about reasons and strategies for water conservation- in their homes and at school. All students will participate in an at-home water conservation challenge, where they and their families will use the water conservation strategies taught in class to reduce family water use. You can find out more information about the Suisun Marsh Water Challenge here.
The Suisun Marsh Program runs from mid-August through December of each year.
Registration is limited. For more information about this program, or any of Solano RCD’s other educational offerings, contact Education Program Director Marianne Butler at 567-674-5611 or .