Adopt-a-School Program

Adopt-A-School Grant Applications Are Being Accepted

The Adopt-A-School program was established to support water science education, involvement, and restoration activities by 4th-12th grade students in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho who are working toward clean water education goals. The average project funding level is $500 per application/applicant and will vary depending on the number of applicants and funding level requests. Who should apply? Teachers, Schools, School Districts!

Evaluation Criteria

  • Curriculum/project is for 4th – 12th grade students during the 2020 calendar year.
  • Curriculum/project is science-based and includes wastewater and/or stormwater education elements.
  • Curriculum/project must include a wastewater treatment facility tour and/or a presentation from a local wastewater/stormwater agency.
  • PNCWA will provide contact information for your local wastewater/stormwater agency if unknown.

Download Adopt-A-School Grant Application: Adopt-A-School Grant Application

Deadline: Applications for the 2020 calendar year must be submitted by 2:00 pm PST on December 20, 2019. Award recipients will be notified by January 10, 2020. Funds will be distributed by January 31, 2020.

For submission and questions, please contact Ely O'Connor, [email protected] 503.681.4463


The Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) is an association of water environment professionals who support student education and career-building efforts in the stormwater and wastewater fields. Our rivers and wetlands are healthier than they’ve been in generations, but more work is needed to protect our watersheds and community livability. The Adopt-A-School program was established to support water science education, involvement and restoration activities by 4th-12th grade students in Oregon, Washington and Idaho who are working toward clean water education goals.


Clean Water Services
Attn: Ely O'Connor
2550 SW Hillsboro Highway
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 681-3603 FAX

PNCWA Adopt-a-School Program in action:

Chehalis River Discovery Trail/Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours program for Centralia students

The Chehalis Basin Education Consortium (CBEC), the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust (CRBLT) and the City of Centralia are offering Chehalis River Discovery field studies and tours of the City of Centralia’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.   

The field study will consist of: a tour for students of the City of Centralia’s wastewater treatment plant and a walk along the Discovery Trail to “discover the importance of healthy riparian zones for salmon”. We’ll provide copies of “A Guide to the Chehalis River Discovery Trail” for each student to record their field experiences.
Educational Objectives of the Experience

    • Help students enhance their appreciation and understanding of the Chehalis Watershed and to develop respect for the important role that healthy riparian zones and the Chehalis River play in the basin.
    • To observe and learn about the salmon restoration work in progress.
    • Enable students to use the outdoors as a research and educational learning environment.
    • Help students learn about wastewater treatment plants and how a “natural process is compressed in time and space.”
    • Help students begin to acquire the skills to identify and resolve local community and environmental problems. 

Funding is made possible through a grant from the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.