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California Department of Education,
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Bay Area | Region 4 Newsletter |  Spring 2017

Spring has Sprung! Get Outside and Learn! 

A recent EdSource article highlights the importance of getting students outside to learn:

"To supplement their science and environmental curricula, hundreds of schools across the state have busted up their asphalt play yards and replaced them with wood chips, trees, flowers, shrubs and vegetables. The new gardens don't just add greenery to the schoolyard; they help teachers implement  California's new science standards, which emphasize hands-on learning, and crossover between scientific disciplines." 

The article features examples of schools and districts in the Bay Area that are using gardens to make outdoor learning a regular part of students' schedules. Our year-round temperate climate makes outdoor learning possible anytime, but our beautiful spring weather makes outdoor learning a pure delight.

To help encourage classroom teachers to step out into the wonderful world of the outdoors, Berkeley based Green School Yards America has produced a series of free, downloadable  Living Schoolyard Activity Guides. Packed with fun activities, clear instructions, and learning connections to many academic disciplines, these guides are a great source of inspiration to get outside and learn right on the school campus!

- Nate Ivy, CREEC Coordinator, Region 4
What's New in Region 4

CREEC Launches a new website!

The state-wide website has relaunched with updated regional pages. Take a look at Region 4's page with upcoming events, grant opportunities, and featured providers. Contact Nate Ivy if you have something you'd like to share on our Bay Area page.


Local Events


Various Dates

Featured Program: Ocean Guardian Schools

Grants of $1,000 - $4,000 are available to support Bay Area schools willing to, "make a commitment to the protection and conservation of local watersheds, the world's ocean and special ocean areas, like national marine sanctuaries." Proposals are due by May 1, 2017. For more information visit:

Recent winners from Region 4 include:
  • Amelia Earhart Elementary School
  • Cascade Canyon School
  • Dixie School
  • Escuela Bilingue International
  • Hillcrest School
  • Joaquin Miller Elementary School
  • Liberty High School
  • Lincoln Middle School
  • Metwest High School
  • St. John School
  • Terra Linda High School
  • Vallemar Elementary School
  • Will C. Wood Middle School
  • William G. Paden Elementary School
See examples of their projects and get inspiration here: 


Sources for teachers and providers

View Funding Resources
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.

Shannon Gordon, CREEC Network State Contact,, STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

Region 4 | Bay Area Coordinator: Nate Ivy,  

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