California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

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

Green Ribbon Schools Award Winners 
State Superintendent Torlakson celebrates students' environmental efforts.
At a ceremony on Friday, February 26, 2016 State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the national nominees for Green Ribbon Schools. 
The nominees are:
  • Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  • Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  • San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco County
  • Bay Farm School, Alameda, Alameda County
  • Bishop O'Dowd High School (private), Oakland, Alameda County
In addition, California Green Ribbon School Additional Awardees were recognized for their efforts. In Region 8 those include:

Public Schools:
  • Monterey Road Elementary School, San Luis Obispo County (Silver)
  • Santa Barbara Senior High School, Santa Barbara County (Silver)
  • Will Rogers Elementary School, Ventura County (Silver)
  • Montecito Union Elementary, Santa Barbara County (Gold)
  • Hope Elementary, Santa Barbara County (Silver)
Private Schools:
  • The Thacher School, Ventura County (Gold)

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  

Also on the horizon is a training this spring for schools who want to learn how to become a Green Ribbon School for the next school year. Will keep you posted on that training.

Teresa Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8

Environmental Education Resources...

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:

Coastal Discovery Center Docents Wanted

The Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon Cove is seeking docents  who love to share their passion for the central coast with visitors worldwide!
As ambassador to both CA State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine  Sanctuary, docents host over 20,000 visitors annually at the center, the pier
and the beach, teach school children, work at special events, maintain a native  garden, build exhibits and/or participate in citizen science programs.
Training dates for 2016 are April 2, 9 and 16th.
For more information...  
  • Attend an information session at Rabobank in Cambria, March 25th, 6:30pm,
  • Talk to a docent at the Coastal Discovery Center, Fri - Sun from 11am-5pm, 
  • Or contact Carolyn Skinder;  (805-801-0773).

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 
Events and Opportunities
Save the Date for These Events
( including Earth Day in Region 8)

April 9 - Oxnard Earth at Downtown Plaza Park
April 16 - Conservation Celebration at Charles Paddock Zoo
April 16 & 17 - Santa Barbara Earth Day
April 17 - 23 is National Environmental Education Week
April 23 - Earth Day at Branch Mill Organic Farm
April 23 - Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest at Seaside Promenade Park
April 24 - San Luis Obispo Earth Day at El Chorro Regional Park
April 28 - Project WET/EEI workshop in Camarillo at VCOE
April 29 - May 1 is the AEOE State Conference in Malibu
May 7 - Outdoor Festival at Lopez Lake in Arroyo Grande

Environmental Grants
EPA Grants for Locally-Focused Environmental Education Projects 

EPA now accepting applications for locally-focused EE projects

The application period for the 2016 Environmental Education Grants Program is now open. Approximately $2.7 million of funding is available to support locally-focused EE projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate EE practices, methods, or techniques. 

Through the EE Local Grants Request for Proposals (also known as a solicitation notice), EPA is looking to support locally-focused EE projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. Projects should promote environmental stewardship and help develop informed, knowledgeable and responsible citizens in the community(-ies) in which the project is located. 

From this RFP, EPA expects to award up to three grants from each of the EPA's 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. The award amount for each of these grants will be approximately, but no more than, $91,000. Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year through the EE Grants Program, supporting more than 3,600 grants.

Proposals are due by April 8, 2016. Please refer to the full announcement ( ) for details.
Find background on the EE Grants Program and resources for applicants. ( )

Other grants are listed on the CREEC website:  Environmental Grants 


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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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