California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 4 Bay Area Newsletter 
Winter 2016

Green Ribbon Schools Award Winners 
State Superintendent Torlakson celebrates Bay Farm students' environmental efforts.
At a ceremony on Friday, February 26, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that Bay Farm School in Alameda, Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland and the San Francisco Unified School District had reached "Green Achiever" status, the State's highest honor. Pittsburg Unified School District in Contra Costa County and Woodside Elementary District in San Mateo County were recognized for their efforts as well. 

To learn more about the Green Ribbon Schools program and the outstanding environmental programs and practices at these schools  visit the California Department of Educations website  
Nate Ivy, CREEC Coordinator, Region 4
What's New in Region 4

BEETLES Launches a New Website

The UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) project launched a new website full of high quality environmental education resources for program leaders, classroom teachers, and field instructors:

Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds - Coastal Education

FREE workshop on Tuesday, March 15 from 3:45-6:30pm at the San Francisco Maritime Museum. Experience a tour of the ship Balclutha, explore "Adapted for Survival" in the Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds science guide, and learn about the Humboldt squid and the marine food web while integrating Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will receive two full EEI class sets and a copy of Waves, Wetlands, and Watershed. Register now.

Ocean Guardian Grants

Apply for an Ocean Guardian Grant from NOAA to support your school's efforts to reduce human impacts on our oceans and waterways while improving students' ocean literacy. Grants range from $1,000 - $4,000. Applications open on April 1 and are due May 2 
Local Events and Opportunities

Spotlight: Zero Waste Youth Convergence

4th Annual Zero Waste Youth Convergence

Saturday, March 26 | City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus
Join Zero Waste Youth USA in empowering the next generation to create a zero waste future!  ZWYC is a full day event dedicated to empowering youth and young professionals through education, visioning, organizing and celebrating "zero waste."


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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 the Bay Area, Region 4 CREEC is housed at the Alameda County Office of Education and serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano counties.

Nate Ivy, CREEC Region 4 Coordinator
Shannon Gordon, Statewide CREEC Coordinator,
STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

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