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Chino Basin Water Conservation District

4594 San Bernardino St.
Montlair, CA 91763

Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday
8:00am – 5:00pm
(Closed on Major Holidays)

Water Conservation Center Campus

The 4.5 acre campus is a unique resource for our area that brings water conservation tips and ideas right to your fingertips. This campus is a hub of activity centering around conservation, furthering the vision our founders had in 1949. Our facility is free and open to the public, located about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, with easy access off the 10 Freeway. Come visit and tell your friends!

Waterwise Demonstration Garden

Our 1.75 acre demonstation garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat? and is designed to provide educational encounters at every turn. There are numerous model gardens to help homeowners identify water wise plants that would also look good in their home landscape. The model gardens include a Southwest Garden, a Woodland Garden, a Mediterranean Garden, a turf demonstration area to compare water use of different types of turf, and much more. Each area has interpretive signage to further explain the plants and strategies used. The garden also features full-size architectural facades to emulate what a landscape might look like next to your own home.

In addition to the model gardens, the landscape showcases best practices for Low Impact Development strategies, such as permeable surfaces, mulching, bioswales to collect runoff and recycled water irrigation throughout.

Wilderness Park

The Wilderness Park on CBWCD’s grounds provides more opportunities to learn about plants and simply relax. The walking trail circles the park, encountering 39 types of trees that were selected for low water use, minimal maintenance, flower and/or foliage colors, and adaptability to residential landscapes in this region. As part of the facilities upgrade, the park?s turf area was cut by 75 percent and fitted with recycled water irrigation as well. The park is open to the public every day of the week.

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Choose between a list or map view of all signs found in our waterwise garden and park.

Welcome to the Waterwise Garden Digital Tour

This is a digital registry created to offer further information on the physical signs in our waterwise garden and park premises.

Would you like a few tips on how to use this tool?

Move around

Travel to different sections of our garden and park premises by using the horizontal scrollbar at the top.

Locate your sign​

Using the map view, you can preview what each specific sign is about by tapping on the plus icon.

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You can view these tips at any time by tapping the Help link in the top left.