The Wildwoods Water Education Program Relaunches
Fall is here, school is back in full swing, and so is the California drought. That’s why The Wildwoods Foundation and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) have brought back their water conservation education program “A Drop in the Bucket” for a second year.
A Drop in the Bucket is a hands-on student program designed to promote awareness of local, regional and global water issues in general and the California drought in particular.
The LADWP is funding the return of this popular program for Los Angeles schools, grades 4 – 6. “Last year we reached over 15,000 students at more than 100 schools that ranged across the greater LA region,” said Dwain Wilson, Executive Director of The Wildwoods Foundation. “This year we aim to reach even more.”
“Wildwoods Foundation understands that every drop counts and helps us to share that message with LA’s youth,” said LADWP Chief Sustainability Officer Nancy Sutley. “By changing teaching the value of water at an early age, we work to ensure the conservation is practiced for years to come.”
2016 is the sixth year of drought on record in Southern California. Wildwoods’ board member Tracy Quinn, a policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council said, “The City of Los Angeles continues to be a leader in smart water strategies as demonstrated by its continued support of The Wildwoods Foundation’s ‘A Drop in the Bucket,’ an important educational water conservation program that provides children with the skills and knowledge they need to foster long-term stewardship of this increasingly precious resource.”
The program is delivered via two mobile units that deliver the program to school campuses. It is also conducted at the Vista Hermosa Natural Park in downtown Los Angeles, which is managed by the Mountains and Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA). “The MRCA is thrilled that Wildwoods Foundation is once again holding its ‘A Drop in the Bucket’ program at Vista Hermosa Park,” said MRCA Deputy Executive Officer Amy Lethbridge. “This innovative and interactive program takes on the critically important role of educating the youth of Los Angeles about the importance of water conservation. Given the severity of the drought and other water quality and conservation issues, programs like these create an informed and eco-literate citizenry.”
Wilson echoed that sentiment. “It’s not just about the conservation of water. It’s about a mindset of sustainability.”