Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific

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Sustainable water use now and for the future

Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific

The Story of the San Pedro Bay Drainage Basin

Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific
Visiting kids 'make it rain' in the Our Watersheds exhibit.  | Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

This exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about our local watersheds and what we can do to protect them. It also teaches guests about sustainable water use now and for the future.

Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific tells the story of the changing relationships of people within the San Pedro Bay drainage basin and their environment. Visitors can interact with a three-dimensional watershed model. Guests can “make it rain” on the watershed to learn about what happens to the water once it lands on our mountains and streets. Exhibit stations feature photos, hands-on interactive components, and information about where our water comes from, what people can do at home to conserve the most water, and what our options are to sustain the supply of water needed for Southern California.

The Our Watersheds exhibit is surrounded by native plants found along the coastal areas of the San Pedro Bay watersheds. The classroom features a living roof with coastal shrubs and grasses. This building is LEED® Platinum certified—the highest nationally accepted benchmark for green design, construction, and operations. In addition to being a fully functioning carbon-neutral classroom, this building serves as an example of alternative energy use, sustainable design, and water conservation and reuse. The classroom will be used as a venue for teaching school and community groups about watersheds.

Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific

Watershed Teacher Materials

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Informational Sheets and Activities

Check out these fact sheets and activities that can help teachers introduce watershed concepts in the classroom.

Watershed Resources

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Trips, Activities, References & Resources

Resources for the classroom and the individual to continue building knowledge of our watersheds.