Workshops, Classes, and Contests

 Free Classes, Workshops, and Contests

Fix-A-Leak Workshop

Hosted by the City of Oceanside on April 18, 2017, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Oceanside Civic Center Community Rooms (300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside). The event is FREE, but seating is limited. Please email to reserve your space today. 

Being handy around the house doesn't have to be difficult. Some common leaks found in the home are worn toilets flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking values. Not only can the fixtures be time-consuming to find and fix, it can also get quite expensive when you add up the cost of parts, labor and wasted water. Join us for a FREE, interactive, and informative workshop with Greg Chick, an experienced, licensed plumber from Green Plumbers USA, who will discuss everything from how to identify leaks to how to fix them. Featured topics include DIY leak detection, water awareness, and green plumbing alternatives. Questions are encouraged and pictures are even better. As a bonus we'll have demonstrations including "How to locate and read your water meter!"  For more information about our presenter, Greg Chick, please visit


WaterSmart Landscape Contest

Is your drought-tolerant yard the envy of the neighborhood? Maybe you've been looking for a way to showcase your landscaping talents. Here's your chance! Log onto for an entry form and for helpful tips on what you'll need. You'll also find pictures and testimonials from past winners to see what other have done in the past and to help spark your creativity. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2017, so don't delay. A winner will be selected from each participating water agency and will receive a $250 gift certificate along with recognition by the agency and a feature on the agency's website. 

Rules and How to Enter: 
Hard-copy submissions may be delivered to our offices in person or sent through the U.S. Postal Service by mail:

  • Print the contest entry form and clearly write in the requested information 
  • Gather up to 20 printed color photos of your yard, including at least one overall "curb appeal" view (provide before and after shots, if possible)
  • Write your name and property address on the back of each photo (Pictures will not be returned) 
  • If sent by mail, follow up with a call to verify that your submission has been received. Please call (760) 435-4500.
  • Mail in your completed entry package to:
    City of Oceanside
    Water Utilities Department
    ATTN: Teresa Gomez
    300 North Coast Highway
    Oceanside, CA 92054
    (760) 435-4500


Home Depot Plant Fair

Saturday April 22, 2017, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm  at the East Oceanside Home Depot located at 5755 Mission Avenue.

A more attractive and water efficient yard sounds enticing, doesn't it? Need more inspiration? 

In recognition of Earth Day, residents and visitors alike will get first-hand advice from gardening experts along with huge savings on varieties of low-water-use plants at the Oceanside Home Depot Plant Fair on Saturday, April 22. 

Be sure to visit the East Oceanside Home Depot located at 5755 Mission Avenue, at the corner of Highway 76 and Melrose. 

WaterSmart Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshop

Based on the award winning A Homeowner's Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape, the San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are offering free, three-hour workshops to teach homeowners the basics of how to do a landscape makeover. Topics include soil, design, turf removal, plant selection, planning, irrigation, rainwater catchment and implementation -- all the elements needed to convert high-water-use turf to a beautiful, water-efficient landscape.

The objective of the program is to empower homeowners to take action to upgrade their existing water-intensive landscapes to WaterSmart standards, leading to significant water and energy savings.

For more information on this class and other WaterSmart workshops please visit


WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Series

A FREE series of four workshops that gives homeowners the basic hands-on skills necessary to turn a traditional turf yard into a beautiful, water saving, California-friendly landscape. Includes one-on-one consultations with professional designers and a site visit to your property to measure the turf area. A scaled, blank site plan of your turf removal area is provided at no charge.

Seating is limited.  Advance registration is required. Classes are kept small, so register today!
For more information: Landscape Makeover


Home Grown Gardening Classes

Home Grown Gardening classes, provided by AgriService, were developed to help homeowners learn how to garden and grow food in their own yards or community gardens. The classes are held at the El Corazon Compost Facility or the El Corazon Senior Center on the fourth Saturday of each month at 10:00 am.

Click here for more information and class schedule.


El Cajon Conservation Garden Classes

The El Cajon Conservation Garden offers a variety of classes and events to help you learn to be more water-wise! 

In partnership with the County of San Diego and The Water Conservation Garden, Solana Center for Environmental Innovation presents a FREE composting workshop! Learn all about traditional composting and vermicomposting, and how to harvest and use your compost!

FREE with a $20 fully refundable deposit for attendees.

Register online: or call (760) 436-7986 Ext. 700.