Students in classrooms nationwide will get lessons on the importance of water as part of the National Geographic Society's National Geography Awareness Week through Friday.
This year's theme, "Geography: Reflections on Water," is particularly suited to California, which may be facing its seventh year of drought.
On Wednesday students will be encouraged to wear blue ribbons, arm bands or T-shirts that relate to geography and water to call attention to the vital role of this limited resource.
For information on local activities, call the Southern California Geographic Alliance at (818) 992-0359.
Greg Cailliet of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory will discuss the exploitation and subsequent decline of shark populations and efforts to reverse the trend, at the Cabrillo Marine Museum on Friday at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call (310) 548-7563.
"The Wildlife of the Tambopata Nature Reserve," in the tropical rain forest of Peru, will be discussed at the meeting of the Whittier Audubon Society on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Whittier Community Center. Call (310) 862-5861.
The Palm Springs Desert Museum schedule of 1992-93 nature field trips has begun. Visitors can take a strenuous hike to learn about the pine forests of Round Valley, at an elevation of over 8,500 feet, on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Call (619) 325-7186.
Water officials and experts representing urban, agricultural and environmental interests will meet to discuss the continuing changes in California's water picture on Saturday and Sunday. "California Water Policy: Resolving Critical Controversies" will feature former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt and others at the Los Angeles Biltmore hotel. Call (916) 448-1198.
"Procreation and the Law: Regulating the New Reproductive Technologies" will be discussed by Lori Andrews, a research fellow with the American Bar Foundation, in the Caltech Seminar on Science, Ethics and Public Policy on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Judy Library. Call (818) 356-4652.
The controversies surrounding the Los Angeles River and Los Angeles County's plans for the waterway will be the topic of an open discussion led by Lewis MacAdams, one of the founders of the Friends of the Los Angeles River, at USC's Fisher Gallery on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Call (213) 740-4561.
Recent discoveries about Venus will be the topic of "Venus and Earth: The Inside Story," at Santa Monica College, Room 214 of the Art Building, at 8 p.m. on Friday immediately after the Night Sky Show, which begins at 7 p.m. Call (310) 452-9396 for tickets, (310) 452-9223 for information.
Dorothy Gilden, founder and director of Breast Cancer Recovery Plus, will discuss "Life After Breast Cancer," at the group's meeting on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Center for Women's Health in Culver City. Call (310) 391-0068 or (310) 478-3846.