California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 8 CREEC Network
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern
January 2016

Environmental Education in 2016  

In 2016 we will see an increase in attention to Environmental Education. Hope you will be involved in these noteworthy items. We are all in this together!

1. A Big Win for US Environmental Education in ESSA
On Dec. 9, US Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA includes language making environmental education eligible for federal grants. NAAEE worked with congressional champions of the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) to secure this crucial language in the bill. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law soon. Read the press release.

2. Blueprint for Environmental Literacy (BEL) now has a Steering Committee 
One of the recommendations in the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy (BEL) is to create a standing Environmental Literacy Steering Committee (ELSC) for Implementation and Continuous Improvement to make recommendations to the California State Legislature, State Board of Education, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) for the implementation of all Blueprint recommendations, and to engage key stakeholders to review progress. The SSPI, Tom Torlakson, has assembled members of the environmental education community to serve on the Steering Committee. They will meet for the first time later in January. Read the Blueprint here:

3. Google+ Community for Environmental Education for Region 8
We have just created a online community for teachers and environmental educators to join through SLOCOE Connections.  Please share any lessons, ideas, highlights, questions or events that can help ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS collaborate throughout our local area. Also add some info about yourself and school on the introduction page to help grow this network for teachers beyond the classroom! Join the Google+ community here:

Please visit the Region 8 calendar for events: (Also visit the statewide calendar of events.)

- Teresa "Tree" Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8 

Environmental Education Trainings Region 8

Project WET Workshops in Bakersfield January 12 & 13 and also on February 2nd (link to CREEC calendar)

The Kern County Water Agency's Improvement District No. 4 and Bakersfield City School District invite you to kick-off the New Year with a FREE Project WET workshops, featuring classroom-proven, hands-on learning activities that make water topics come alive for students. Our workshop models activities that are practical for teachers, yet also engages student interdisciplinary critical thinking skills that are at the core of CCSS and NGSS....
Link to Project WET February workshop here:  (PDF OR Opens in a new window or tab)
NGSS Training at SB Zoo

NGSS and the Environment Training for EE Providers at Santa Barbara Zoo February 4th and 5th

Santa Barbara Zoo will be hosting a 2-day NGSS and the Environment Training February 4th and 5th. One of the greatest opportunities EE Providers have in 2016 is the chance to support/resource teachers with NGSS aligned lessons and activities that can be done at our outdoor sites or in their classrooms. . . .
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Tri County (SB, SLO, Ventura) STEM Symposium for Teachers February 8th in Camarillo

Want to learn how to bring more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
education into your classroom? Then come to the First Annual STEM Symposium. Learn how to start or enhance your STEM classroom and program and find ways to promote STEM education at your school. Participants will have workshop opportunities with STEM educators and administrators who will share resources, programs and lessons.   .  . . .    
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Gold Coast Science Network Conference February 27th in Oxnard - NGSS: Engineering Our Future

S cience teachers' conference, NGSS: Engineering Our Future, to take place on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at Oxnard College in Oxnard, California. We need participants, presenters and exhibitors to make our conference a success. The Gold Coast Science Network is the local chapter of the California Science Teachers' Association, serving Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties and the surrounding area. Additional information about the conference can be found at .
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Disclaimer: These professional learning opportunities and resources are intended merely to provide access to information. The California Department of Education (CDE) has not reviewed these opportunities or resources for effectiveness or alignment with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). CDE does not warrant or guarantee the effectiveness or results of any opportunity or resource that may be made available through this communication network. The inclusion of an opportunity or resource is neither an endorsement nor recommendation by CDE. Please excuse formatting errors that may result from the software application used to distribute this newsletter.

The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is an educational project supported by the California Department of Education in collaboration with state, regional and local partners. Its expansive communication network provides educators with access to high-quality educational resources to enhance the environmental literacy of California Students.
In Region 5, CREEC is housed and supported by San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
Teresa "Tree" Lees, Region 8 CREEC Coordinator,  805-782-7265

Shannon Gordon, Statewide CREEC Coordinator,
STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

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