Education Programs

SBMWD strives to help our community learn about water, including where it comes from, how we use it, and how to conserve it. We promote water and wastewater education both in and outside of the classroom through interactive workshops, presentations, events, and collaboration with local education leaders.

Water Awareness Poster Contest

Each year, SBMWD holds a poster contest throughout the San Bernardino City Unified School District and the SBMWD water service area for students grades K-12. The contest encourages students to use their creativity by illustrating the importance of water awareness and conservation. The winning students and their teachers are recognized for their efforts with awards presentations and the selected artwork is featured in SBMWD's annual calendar. View the 2021 Water Conservation Calendar

SBMWD is accepting entries for the 2021 contest now until May 14, 2021! 

Visit the Poster Contest page for more details on the contest and to enter.

Virtual Water Education Activities 

SBMWD is working with the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD) to develop virtual water education lessons for grades K-12. 

These fun follow-along activities are designed to be completed with supplies easily found at home. The lessons teach curious young minds about water resources and conservation while meeting Next Generation Science teaching standards. 

Lesson 5: Watersheds

Learn about natural water systems by following this fun video activity on watersheds.


Lesson 4: Evaporation

Let’s have some fun in the sun while learning about evaporation!


Lesson 3: Density

Watch this video to learn how to do a fun experiment that demonstrates the density of water.


Lesson 2: Water Stages Inspiration

Watch this video to learn more about the different stages of water and get creative to make a watercolor picture that represents all three! 


Lesson 1: Surface Tension (Grades K-2)

Watch this video to learn more about the importance of proper hand washing and about the amazing properties of water.


Water Education Classroom Presentations

In addition to hosting our annual Water Conservation Poster Contest, SBMWD works closely with the IERCD to offer programs and in-classroom presentations that support the science curriculum goals of teachers throughout our service area.

IERCD Education Team

These presentations cover a wide range of information related to our local water supplies and focus on our continued need for conservation and public stewardship. 

View the 4th/5th grade water conservation presentation. 

Teachers: Do you want to participate in the annual poster contest or schedule a water conservation presentation for your classroom? Call us at (909) 384-5141 for more information.

IERCD educator in classroom

Inland Solar Challenge

The Inland Solar Challenge gathers high school students across the Inland Empire to build and race solar powered boats while learning about water resource management. SBMWD helps sponsor, plan and participate in this annual event to promote water conservation and water education in our community. Congratulations to our Department team, Cajon High School, for taking home the gold three years in a row! Go Cowboys!

Learn more about the event at 

Cajon Inland Solar Challenge Team with Boat