California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

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

Outdoor programs play supporting role for state's new science standards
Outdoor Schools and new Science Standards are a perfect fit.
While many districts are just beginning to make the shift to the new science standards, directors of California's network of outdoor programs say their week-long outdoor science camps can help districts and their students in the interim because the outdoor science curriculum, with its focus on asking questions based on observation, carrying out investigations and analyzing data, hands-on learning and group interaction, is well-aligned with the new standards, which are being rolled out across the state this year.  To read the article click here:  Ed Source article on Outdoor Schools and Science Standards  

And May is Living Schoolyards Month. The month where we celebrate school gardens, outdoor classrooms, green playgrounds, etc.   Here is the latest release of the guidebook

Outdoor Summer Camp Programs are important for teachers and students too. See below for options for both you and your students to get some environmental/science education this summer!!!! Enjoy you summertime. See you again in September!

Teresa Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8

Summer Environmental Workshops & Camps...
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Summer Science PD for Teachers

Enjoy one of these Summer Science Professional Development opportunities for teachers: 
  •  Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT)
  • Summer NGSS Workshops through VCOE
  • Chemistry and Physics Modeling at Cal Poly
  • Biomimicry at the Center for Learning with Nature
  • Biological Sciences Teacher Academy Los Olivos
  • Biological Sciences Teacher Academy Stanford Univ.
  • Summer Institute for Physical Science Standards
  • STEM-ERSION with Amgen in Ventura                    Click here: Science Professional Development Workshops

List of Summer Science Camps in Region 8

Summer Camps 2016 abound with fun and adventure and learning and STEM and farm education for girls, and SOAK camp, and engineering, and on and on it goes. Get a list by clicking here on this link:  List of Summer Camps 2016 in Region 8

More Environmental Science Trainings this Summer

Wait, there's more PD for Teachers this summer! 
  • Project WET/WILD/PLT training in Pacific Grove July 6 - 8
  • Sierra Teacher Institute June 17 0 19 and June 24 - 16
  • Island Ecology Course for Teachers on Catalina Island on August 1 - 5
And yet even more summer fun for teachers!
5/16 & 5/23 & 5/30
6/21 & 22/2016
Environmental Education Grants and Funding Opportunities are listed on the CREEC website: 

U.S. Department of Education announced the Green Ribbon Schools on Earth Day

The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting promising sustainability practices and resources that all schools can employ. This leads to s ustainability education that helps all students engage in hands-on learning, hone critical thinking and collaboration skills, learn many disciplines, and develop a solid foundation in STEM subjects.

The top scoring schools that apply for Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) in California move on to be recognized by the US Department of Education. Here is a list of schools who awarded the Green Ribbon in each state:  US Department of Ed Green Ribbon Schools. The California Department of Education then awards schools at the state level. All complete ED-GRS applications of public schools and school districts will be automatically considered for the California Department of Education's state award.


Local California Green Ribbon Schools recognized through the Central Coast Green Building Council (CCGBC) 

The local chapter of the USGBC, now called the Central Coast Green Building Council, is setting their sites on assisting schools in the Tri Counties to apply for the Green Ribbon School award. Through the partnership with the CREEC Network, Cuesta College's Sustainability Resource Center, and CCGBC, Monterey Road Elementary School in San Luis Obispo County applied and received a silver award for a CA Green Ribbon School. Several other schools in Region 8 also were awarded the CA Green Ribbon School distinction. We fully expect more schools in Region 8 to become CA Green Ribbon Schools and to also be recognized nationally. You can learn more about our partnership by r eading the article here on pages 3 & 4 of the CCGBC newsletter:  Central Coast Green Building Council Newsletter  


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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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