Resources for Teachers, Schools, and Kids

resources for students


Tours of treatment plants. Most wastewater treatment plants in Marin County offer tours to students, individuals, scouts, science classes and other groups. To learn how to book a tour, contact Gretchen at (415) 459-1455, ext. 141.

Hike and visit Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District wetlands.


In-Class Activities

Class Visits and Presentations. Sav-R-Bay will come to your classroom and tailor a presentation to the length you desire about how we treat wastewater, and show students examples of a model watershed, the bugs that treat wastewater, and games to identify how to dispose of household hazardous materials properly.

Copper/Mercury Audit for High School Students. This five- to seven-day series of presentations makes students aware of sources of copper and mercury that exist in their own schools. Students will collect and analyze samples from their school and the environment to determine levels of mercury and copper that exist to learn the differences in the levels of mercury and copper, between background levels, and what is being discharged from their science labs, cafeteria, janitor's closet, nurses office, etc.

Edutainment. Various school entertainers are available free of charge to schools in Marin County. They will present various topics about pollution prevention, wastewater treatment and storm drains to children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Call 1-800 Sav-R-Bay for more information on what programs are currently available.

Click here for a list of edutainment programs offered.

Go With the Flow Juggler Show

"Go With the Flow" is an educational, interactive, and thoroughly enjoyable water assembly program presented by Doug Nolan of ROCK STEADY JUGGLING. Using juggling virtuosity, magic and comedy, Doug dazzles your students while teaching them about the importance of keeping our water clean. Timely topics include wastewater treatment, being mercury free and the many ways to keep fats, oils and grease (FOG) out of our household drains. A teacher volunteer joins the act to promote water conservation as she helps Doug juggle 3 earth globes! Doug informs the students about the problems associated with dumping fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain while he flirts with disaster by juggling a whole turkey, a skillet with fried eggs and sausages and a bowling ball!

Abra Cadabra It's Water

Through comedy and magic, children will learn about the differences between stormwater, drinking water and wastewater. Dick Newton, Marin's funniest magician, provides this educational and entertaining presentation for grades 3-5 concerning Marin water issues. Kids get a magic trick to take home with them. Teachers get a resource packet with ideas for follow-up study. The presentation is 45 minutes and available for groups of 40 or more.

Captain Polluto Visits Planet Earth

Captain Polluto arrives on Earth but refuses to drink our water because on his planet water is so polluted it is poison. Tommy takes him on a journey involving storm drains, creeks, the Bay and a wastewater treatment plant to show him how we handle water on our planet and manage to keep it clean. The presentation is 30 minutes long, suitable for audiences of under 100 students and available FREE OF CHARGE to schools in Marin County. Caterpillar Puppets, Joe and Ronna Leon created this show especially for the Wastewater Treatment Agencies of Marin County. Caterpillar Puppets has delighted audiences for over twenty years. Their shows are guaranteed to generate giggles. Caterpiller Puppets uses hand puppets to educate and entertain. Past affiliations include: The Don Edwards Environmental Education Center, San Jose's Youth Science Institute, Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, Marine World Africa USA and many more.

H2O Yeah is an innovative blend of water education and variety entertainment. Doug uses juggling, physical comedy, magic and audience participation to promote awareness of water as a precious natural resource. His show is based on the strong belief that today's young people can make a difference in preserving our clean water supply. Students and teachers learn how to incorporate the concepts of water conservation and water pollution prevention into their day-to-day activities. This format has proven successful in hundreds of schools because it makes learning fun! H20 Yeah is highly interactive, complete with volunteers and a question and answer session. And best of all, it is FREE!

Wetland Days for 3rd Graders Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin has an annual wetlands day for third graders. Various presentations from Audubon Society, Marin ______ Marine Mammal Center with hands-on education and demonstration about wildlife, the environment, and laboratory analysis to protect the environment.

Resources for Teachers and Schools

Wastewater and Stormwater Education Guide. This is an extensive guide to contact information for teachers to use in finding environmental education resources and opportunities for tours and field trips around the Bay.

Flush - PDF

Watershed Guide -PDF


Videos & Games

Sav-R-Bay offers videos and educational games at no charge that give information and help motivate students to learn alternative ways to protect our environment, learn more about wastewater service and treatment, and about historical changes to san Francisco Bay.

Click here to view our collection of videos and games.

VIDEO: Modern Marvels, Sewers

This is a documentary presented by the History Channel that examines the sewer system, specifically its historical development and technological advances. Historians trace the evolution of sewer systems from the first human waste management system in the Indus Valley to a modern wastewater treatment plant in Los Angeles. The video also introduces modern resource recycling programs that use cutting edge technology to transform sewage into a renewable resource. The modern wastewater treatment process is explained in detail to help the public understand the importance of sewer systems to their health and environment.

Part 1 - Click here: 44MB; QT format

Part 2 - Click here: 44MB; QT format

Part 3 - Click here: 24MB; QT format

VIDEO: Water Pollution and You

Part 1 shows what happens to water after it enters sewers and storm drains, how pollution can harm the environment and what you can do to help keep the water clean. There are illustrations of how water in sewers is handled at wastewater treatment plants and how water in storm drains flows freely to the creeks, rivers, streams and the ocean. Examples are presented to show how water is polluted in sewers and storm drains and what you can do to help prevent the pollution.

In Part 2, kids get involved in helping to restore damaged wetlands through hands-on cleanup projects and soil restoration that return land and water to a natural state. Also shown is how injured wildlife are rehabilitated and returned to wetlands.

Part 1 - Click here: 30MB; QT format

Part 2 - Click here: 47MB; QT format

VIDEO: Kids By The Bay

Produced and directed by Emmy Award winning directors Judy Irving and Christopher Beaver, shows how much fun it is to pitch in and restore the environment. The 20-minute film includes rare footage of endangered species, such as the clapper rail and the peregrine falcon, plus favorite animals like sea lions and brown pelicans. We thank the California Museum in Oakland for allowing us to offer this video free as a download from our website.

Full Video - Click here: 115MB; QT format

VIDEO: Where Does It Go?

Opens with images of water and wastes rushing through sanitary sewer pipes and storm drains. Throughout the 12-minute video kids ask questions and find answers.

Students tour a wastewater treatment plant and see firsthand where the dirty water from their home goes as well as how the treatment plant cleans it up before it ends up in the Bay. Students in an environmental club do some storm drain detective work in their neighborhood, checking for trash and pollution at local creeks.

Student comments emphasize the damage to creeks, plants and animals from water pollution. They suggest some pollution prevention ideas like taking old paint and motor oil to recycling centers. Kids take action to prevent pollution by stenciling neighborhood storm drains. They make clear their sense of responsibility for protecting the environment.

The free video is designed for grades 3-6.

Full Video - Click here: 67MB; QT format

GAME: Ecomasters

Ecomasters is a software program starring a comical bird that guides students in locating and correcting water pollution problems. The bird then takes an exciting journey down the drain of a house through the sewer system. The free program is presented in a game format that is fun for children while educating them on how water gets polluted, how storm drains and sanitary sewers work and how to clean up the environment.

Download Windows application: 8.5MB

GAME: Bayland Habitats

Bayland Habitats is another game in which children can learn about the history of our bay before humans came, and also the history of people, starting with the Native American tribes, and continuing up to today. The children learn about what animals live in and around our bay, what they look like, and how they live. Also included in the program are activity ideas for children, such as bay area field trips, books they can read, things they can do at home to help save the bay, and more.

Download Windows application: 2.5MB

This game was developed by Environmental Volunteers, an organization that promotes an understanding for the environment, and generously made available free of charge. For more information about Environmental Volunteers, you can visit their site at, or contact them by phone, email, or postal mail at: Environmental Volunteers, 3921 E. Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303. Phone: (650) 961-0545. Fax: (650) 961-0548. The Executive Director is Allan Berkowitz.