School Programs & Teacher Resources

The mission of the Delta Science Center is to help educate the public about the San Francisco Bay - Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Ecology. As part of that mission the committee is working on a pilot program that features four ways to help promote education of the Delta.

I: The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Educational Resource Calendar and Teacher Resource Guide
The resource guide calendar provides interesting, fun facts and information about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and can be used as a teaching tool to satisfy California Common CORE, Next Generation Science and Environmental Education Initiative Requirements. It is delivered free to all fifth grade classrooms throughout East Contra Costa County, Martinez, Rio Vista and along Highway 160.

The included feature is a classroom supplement to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Educational Resource Guide Calendar, features activities and assignments focusing on science, language arts and history. Included are printable lesson sheets, experiments and how-to guides posted on our website periodically. 

II:  Classroom Based Educational Program
The Delta Science Center is taking reservations for the free 50-minute classroom program that brings the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the students at their schools. The in-classroom program corresponds with grade level Common CORE, Next Generation Science and Environmental Education Initiative  requirements for 5th grade classrooms. The program features fish, plankton and animals of the Delta, water sampling for pH values, dissolved oxygen and turbidity, language art activity and a short Delta presentation. The program also offers information on Delta plants and soils,  identification of Delta macroinvertebrates and more. For more information on signing up for your classroom email

III: Educational Shoreline Tours
The Delta Science Center partners with East Bay Regional Park District to offer site tours at the East Bay Regional Park District's Big Break Regional Shoreline Park, Oakley. Each year date opportunities are limited and fill up fast. Waiting lists are available. E-mail for a reservation. 

The DSC is working on finding other potential shoreline sites to host shoreline tours throughout the East Contra Costa County Delta shoreline area, Rio Vista and along the Hwy. 160 shoreline. We understand the issues with schools and busing. Sometimes the closer the site is to the school the better. The tours will include testing water quality, checking out local plankton, learning about plants, birds and animals within the area and more. 

How can your classroom become involved in one of the above programs?
The annual Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Educational Resource Guide Calendar and Teacher Resource Guide will be delivered to schools from Martinez to Discovery Bay and Rio Vista to Clarksburg during the month of December. For those interested in participating in the program, the Teacher Resource Guide will be uploaded on this site as new material becomes available. Watch for updates.

Teacher volunteers needed to help in development of future programs.
The Delta Science Center is always looking for teachers and educators who are interested in helping to build an informative educational program to help teach students and the public the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecology. To volunteer contact the Delta Science Center at