California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

RIMS Region 10 Newsletter 
Early Winter 2016

What is Environmental Literacy?
photo from Sunset Peak, San Gabriel Mountains by Brandon Walls

Environmental Literacy is possibly more important now than it ever has been. As advocates in our environmental education community, we want to make sure that you know the role Environmental Literacy plays in our new California frameworks for Science and History as well as where to find resources to best implement them. In this newsletter, as well as on our website, you will find links to information, resources, and opportunities to help keep you in the loop.

The California Science Framework was adopted on November 3, 2016 by the State Board of Education. You can access the DRAFT version on the CDE website. Take a look at the chapters that connect to your focus areas. Appendix 2 focuses on connections between NGSS Performance Expectations (PEs) for each grade level and the Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs).

The California History-Social Science Framework was adopted on July 14, 2016 by the State Board of Education. This document outlines the purposes and instructional approaches to assist in the development action minded citizens who understand the "increasing impact of humanity on the natural and physical environment."

Please see the upcoming events listed below. This list is definitely not exhaustive. Look us up online and on twitter for more!

~ Your Region 10 Coordinators, 

Jen Futterman, Dave Ficke, Mary Walls

Twitter @CREECregion10

What's New in Region 10

Mark your calendars for this year's EEC Symposium at the Western Science Center on February 23, 2017. Register here. Interested in becoming a sponsor of this even? Click here for sponsorship information and here for sponsor form.

This is a grant opportunity from The Incredible Edible Community Garden for San Bernardino County schools to get up to $1,000 to plant trees. If you have any questions about this grant, email Mary at for help. Application is due February 15, 2017.

This is a series of trainings for formal and non formal educators. The series started this early this Fall and continues into the Spring of 2017. There will even be an Environmental strand in February! This series culminates in a FREE family event where students can show off what they have made with the community. The culminating iCreate Fair will be on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Environmental Youth Experience  (EYE) 
EYE for Leaders in grades 6-12  is coming soon!  Interested in Environmental Service Learning? Bring a team of 4+ to the 2017 EYE Kick-off Conference  January 27th from 8:30AM-3:30PM at the Living Desert . For more information  & registration details, email  j 

Training that equips educators with the knowledge and skills to deliver fun and effective watershed education lessons to youth. Join us for a two day workshop where we will explore exciting hands on lessons and curriculum, and venture outside for SOS stream monitoring training! The two day training will be on February 25 and 26, 2017 from 10AM-5PM at the Whitewater Preserve.



Friends of the Desert Mountains  Explore the outdoors all month with a variety of adventures: hikes, stargazing, and more

California Green Ribbon Schools Award Program Application deadline

First Day Hike Start your new year healthy at the Chino Hills State Park









Water Quality Testing A free training for middle and high school teachers (Calabasas)

Project Wet Facilitator Training Apply to become a Project Wet facilitator by January 13

Water Quality Testing  A free training for middle and high school teachers (Los Angeles)

Arbor Day Grant due for San Bernardino County Schools

Creek Freaks Training for teachers

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.

Your Eastern CREEC Region 10 Coordinator is Jen Futterman - 
& Your Western CREEC Region 10 Coordinator is Mary Walls -
Making environmental education feel like a CREEC in the desert on a hot summer day. 

Shannon Gordon, CREEC Network State Contact,
STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

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