OAKLEY -- Students from Orchard Park School got a chance to learn more about the Delta during an outdoor field trip to the Big Break Regional Shoreline on Monday.

The Delta Science Center hosted the trip held where some 75 fifth-graders testing the Delta waters, went bird watching and learned about the Delta by playing various games. East Bay Parks was also be on hand during the event to help out and tour the park land.

The event was held as a remake for a World Water Monitoring Day, an international outreach program that builds public awareness to protect water resources around the world by encouraging people to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. A similar day was held last March, but was hampered due to windy conditions.

After the testing was completed, the group placed the results on an international database website that show the rivers of the world and where children throughout the world test their rivers.

"We were so excited to see the children take a real interest in what we were teaching them about water quality and the Delta," said Roni Gehlke, executive director of the Delta Science Center. "After all, our kids are the future caretakers of the Delta and we hope that they will grow to love the rivers around them as much as we do."

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