Lodi EEI is part of the California Education and the Environment Initiative. The statewide program is a free K-12 curriculum that teaches science skills, history and social science using environmental topics, such as water and energy, as a lens.
Lodi’s EEI program focuses on the Mokelumne Basin and local watershed, including the California Delta. Students in the Earthkeepers and Storm Drain Detectives programs have the opportunity to:
- Visit local water treatment plants, fish hatcheries, and dams to follow our water as it travels from the Sierras down the Mokelumne River and out into the Delta.
- Learn about the plants and animals that make their homes on the Mokelumne River and in Lodi Lake and the Delta.
- Find out local causes of water pollution, how water is cleaned, and how they can help.
- Learn how to test water quality and other benchmarks.
Past projects taken on by the Earthkeepers and Storm Drain Detectives include:
- Field trips with the Marine Science Institute.
- Growing a community garden.
- Raising young salmon.
- Writing, creating artwork and taking photos for the annual Mokelumne Current student newspaper.
- Creating community art projects, such as a tile mosaic trash receptacle at Heritage Elementary School.
- Organizing an environmental science conference.