California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 8 (SLO, SB, Ventura, Kern) Newsletter 
October 21, 2015

Green California Schools Summit and Expo offers FREE Registration 

FREE registration to the Green California School Summit in Pasadena October 29 and 30. Your no-cost registration includes more benefits than ever!  AND there are plenty of other free sessions on both days: October 29 and October 30 including this workshop on green careers....

Barry Scott, California's State Coordinator for NEED, is talking from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on October 30th at the Green Summit at the Pasadena Convention Center, Ballroom H

"Career Technical Education resources and Partnership Academies in the Energy & Utilities and Green Sectors".  There's a lot of activity in this corner of the energy education universe.

Pre-Summit Training, Expo, Keynote Session, Leadership Awards, Innovative Technology Sessions, and the Partners in Learning.

Our Partners in Learning program includes several sessions that are open to all attendees, including Barry's workshop for FREE!!! National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) Barry's session is on October 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Pasadena Convention Center Ballroom H

National Energy Education Development project (NEED)
NEED Mission: Promote an energy conscious and education society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective multi-sided objectives. NEED will provide an Open meeting for all Summit attendees to learn about their mission and how to increase putting energy understanding into education.
You will need to RSVP to attend, so go to:   Registration link  (select the free option)
Contact  Cindy Dangberg, 626-577-5700 x 134 if you have any questions and be sure to RSVP your attendance to Cindy if you attending the NEED session!

- Teresa "Tree" Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8
What's New in Region 8

Climate Classroom Website Launched

The National Wildlife Federation recently launched our new online climate-education resources for back to school. Climate Classroom is a new website developed in conjunction with the filmmakers and supporters for the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously

The lesson plans and resources (designed for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 and college undergraduates) correspond to the science and subject matter presented in the documentary series; they encourage students to analyze the relevance of climate change to their daily lives and investigate how they, as individuals, can be a part of the solution. This interdisciplinary curriculum highlights careers in science, provides writing prompts, outlines service learning projects, and more.

Climate Classroom Kids-a companion resource for younger students (grades K-5), their parents and educators-utilizes photography and stories of animals to enhance understanding of the effects of climate change on wildlife habitat and introduces students to actions that reduce carbon pollution.

Combined, the two programs provide education information for a wide range of learners and leverage NWF's educational resources and programs for schools.
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Every Kid in a Park Initiative

Earlier this year, President Obama launched the Every Kid in a Park Initiative to get every child outside to learn about the rich history and natural wonders of our federal lands and waters.  Beginning September 1st, Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) grants every 4th grader in the country and his or her family free access to these places for one year.  

Fourth graders can download their special passes on the Every Kid in a Park website.  "Experiencing the great outdoors is important for students as they learn key concepts in STEM, history, and civics," said Secretary Duncan.  "By visiting our federal lands and waters, students can hone critical thinking and collaboration skills through engaging, project-based learning - all in a real-world context. They can also build lifelong wellness practices and learn how to better protect our nation's most precious resources through the joy of connecting with nature."  Educators and parents interested in taking advantage of this special teaching and learning opportunity can find activities, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips, and other helpful information.  . . .   
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WHALE TAIL Grant Cycle is Open

The WHALE TAILĀ® grants program is accepting applications to support projects encouraging people to value and take action to improve the health of California's marine and coastal environments.  Educational projects improving the quality of beaches or coastal or marine habitats are also eligible.  There is also a special subcategory for projects addressing climate change and/or ocean acidification.  Emphasis is on reaching underserved students or members of the public. 
Applications mailed to the California Coastal Commission must be postmarked by November 2, 2015.  Nonprofits, schools, and government agencies may apply.  Applicants may request up to $50,000, and 25-50% of the funding will be allocated in small grants below $10,000.  A total of $399,000 will be distributed.  For full guidelines and an application, click here.  . . . .
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Local Events

CREEC Resource Directory

The CREEC Resource Directory is now even easier to use. Just type in the name of a provider or program and it will take you directly to their listing. There is also an alphabetical list where you can also type in the name OR keyword. Start searching TODAY!!!

If you want you can customize your search by Region, Topic, Grade Level, California Science Content Standard or EEI Unit.

You can also create a Teacher Account and save all your searches.

Also this is a reminder to all EE Providers to create your accounts if you haven't already and then to add your programs and calendar listings! Contact me if you need the EE Provider Guide to the CREEC Website.

The more environmental education the better!!!


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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 Region 8, CREEC is housed and supported by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
Teresa "Tree" Lees,  805-782-7265

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

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