California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

RIMS Region 10 Newsletter 
Fall 2016

Happy Fall!
Third grade Arroyo Elementary students from the Ontario-Montclair School District taking action and cleaning a creek in the Mount Baldy foothills with the help of the Chino Basin Water Conservation District & the US Forest Service.

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference." ~ Jane Goodall

Welcome to Fall! 
School starting up and temperatures falling down mean Fall is here. With the cooler weather comes more opportunities and events in our inland empire and desert regions. This month's newsletter brings you a sampling of those events!  

New Things: Website, Twitter Feed, and Region 10 West Coordinator
Visit to stay up to date on events and opportunities in our region. You  can also connect with us through our Twitter feed   @CREECregion10

Along with the digital changes, we have a new person in our Region 10 team: Mary Walls. She has been a public educator in Massachusetts and in California. She is currently an International Baccalaureate PYP Coordinator in the Ontario-Montclair School District, as well as an inquiry & NGSS trainer for SBCSS and SBCCD. She will be focused on the western side of our large region (and runs the Twitter feed too :)

Please share this newsletter with your fellow teachers and colleagues.

We are here to support you!
It's going to take a village to raise an environmentally literate California.

~ Your Region 10 Coordinators, 

Jen Futterman, Dave Ficke, Mary Walls

What's New in Region 10

  Chino Basin Water Conservation District
This is a series of trainings for formal and non formal educators. The series starts this early this Fall and continues into the Spring of 2017. There will even be an Environmental strand! 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.

A tree grant program through the Incredible Edible Community Garden. Through this grant, organizations can apply for funding to support the planting and maintenance of an urban forest. Check out their website for more details

Chino Basin Water Conservation District (CBWCD) is proud to announce a new partnership with Chaffey Joint Union High School District (CJUHSD) to provide the first Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) training for high school students in the state. QWEL training for the public is scheduled to begin  Wednesday, Oct 12.
Check out the Mojave Desert Land Trust Events Page
The Mojave Desert Land Trust has protected over 55,000 acres of our beloved desert since 2006. They host fun, educational and conservational events throughout the year. Check out their events page for upcoming opportunities. 


10/9-11 /2016

10/21-23 /2016
Project Wet and EEI Training at the Living Desert (Training is FULL)





FREE Family Landscape & Water Conservation Fair at the Chino Water Conservation District

Did you know that Environmental Literacy is part of the California Frameworks for both Science & History/Social Science?
Both of these frameworks do a beautiful job in showing how being college, career, and civic life ready must include environmental literacy.

CA Science Framework: Currently in review in Sacramento, but draft should be approved soon. Look to Appendix 2 for connections to Environmental Principles and Concepts as well as to EEI Curriculum Units.

CA History/Social Science Framework: This framework was adopted by the SBE in July, 2016. Look to Appendix F for connections to Environmental Principles and Concepts as well as to EEI Curriculum Units.


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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