California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 8 CREEC - Central Coast
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern
April 2016

National Environmental Education Week
April 17 - 23, 2016
Greening STEM: Rooted in Math
NEEF's National Environmental Education Week; "Greening STEM: Rooted in Math" is April 17-23, 2016  (Earth Day is April 22!)

NEEF's 12th annual National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), sponsored by Samsung, inspires environmental learning among K-12 students, and beyond, with EE events and projects taking place across the country in classrooms, after-school clubs, parks, aquariums, museums, and more. We invite environmental educators of all kinds, teaching any age, to take part in the nationwide celebration by registering their existing or new events, field trips or projects happening on or around April 17-23, 2016 (including Earth Day)

Teresa Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8

Environmental Education Resources...

NOAA & EEI Join Forces for a High School Science Teacher's Workshop on April 16 at UCSB

Join us as we explore the Santa Barbara Channel, Marine Protected Areas, and life's enabling substance, water. This secondary teacher workshop weaves NGSS three-dimensional teaching into the EEI Curriculum, a proven curricular tool, with support from NOAA's Principles of Ocean Literacy. Teachers leave with research-based planning tools that, when implemented with integrity, will bring immediate benefits to students and our coastal oceans. Ample time for collegial co-planning is built into this workshop even as we explore using the Sanctuary, coast and islands as our classroom. Science to Stewardship in the Sanctuary Workshop

Monarch Recovery Resources Courtesy of NWF

Over the past year, the National Wildlife Federation has been working on monarch butterfly recovery efforts through both its' education and conservation programs. In addition, Eco-Schools USA has created a suite of resources for educators working on NWF Schoolyard Habitats® and Monarch Recovery with their students, which includes curriculum resources, citizen science opportunities, case studies, native plant guides, a guide to for creating habitat and a who's who in the monarch field. Check it out and get your students outside creating habitat for monarchs and all pollinators.

Green STEM Integration Grant from NEEF

NEEF, with major funding support from the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA), is offering funding for teachers, after-school programs, and nature organizations for projects that support the integration of Greening STEM into current or new programming or curriculum. Deadline is April 5, 2016. To find out more go to NEEF website: NEEF Green STEM Grant 

Average Grant amounts will range from $500 - $1,000.
Allowable Expenses:  Grants funds can be used to cover costs associated with delivering programs (e.g., curriculum/materials development, field trips, program supplies, transportation, professional development, etc.), as long as the result of the funding creates lasting impact beyond the single event/use. 

Apply TODAY! (You'll have to create an  account in order to log in to register.)


Earth Day Events in Region 8
4/16 & 17/2016
More events are listed for Region 8 on the CREEC website: 

Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 29 

Earth Day - April 22, 2016

On the first Earth Day in 1970, 22 million Americans celebrated clean air, land, and water.
Food Recovery is our theme for Earth Day 2016. Find out more about  reducing food loss and waste and what you can do. EPA Earth Day website: 

Arbor Day - April 29, 2016

National Arbor Day is April 29, 2016. So let's get together and celebrate the importance of trees! Visit the Arbor Day Foundation you will find a wealth of information-a guidebook to help you plan a successful event. 

Other grants are listed on the CREEC website:  Environmental Grants 


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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.

Along the Central Coast, Region 8 CREEC is housed at the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties.

Teresa "Tree" Lees, CREEC Region 8 Coordinator
Shannon Gordon, Statewide CREEC Coordinator,
STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

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