California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

RIMS Region 10 Newsletter 
Spring 2017

Spring  & Earth Day 
In Region 10!
photo from Stoddard Peak, San Gabriel Mountains by Mary Walls

After all of our winter rains this year, spring is especially beautiful in the Inland Empire and our desert areas. Have your students noticed more green, more flowers, more birds, more bees? With all this beautiful biodiversity around us, outdoor classroom experiences are everywhere. And what is the point of learning about our world without taking action? Earth Day is  fast approaching, offering many opportunities in our region to take meaningful action for the environment while learning about our shared world.  One way to share the beauty of the Earth or concern about the environment is to participate in our annual Environmental Art Contest. This year's theme is EARTH. Projects are due May 24. Click here for the submission form.

Please see the upcoming Earth Day opportunities as well as other area 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

Earth Day & Beyond in Region 10
Chino Basin Water Conservation District  



5th grade students in CBWCD service area interact in STEM  and environmental literacy experiences for free.

Join the Cucamonga Water District for free family fun and chance to win prizes.

Students within service area encouraged to participate!

April 20, 2017: Engaging Girls In STEM
Making the Connection for ACTION. Come learn about initiatives that support girls participation in STEM

Join the Inland Empire Utility Agency and the City of Chino for Earth-friendly activities, exhibits, and shows.

April 20, 2017: Earth Night in the Garden
Enjoy a night out in Riverside for the whole family.

April 22, 2017: West Valley Water District
Join the Community Conservation Fair in Rialto.

Join the first Crest to Coast waterway cleanup for 2017! This year, we are heading towards the crest of the San Bernardino Mountains. Waterkeeper wants to ensure healthy waterways throughout the Santa Ana Watershed.

Celebrate Earth Day 2017 up in Idyllwild helping RivCo Parks restore trails at the Idyllwild Nature Center and Park.

April 22, 2017: Earth Day in Yucca Valley
In honor of Earth Day, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum will celebrate the diversity of life on earth with a day of activities that will inform, educate and entertain visitors. 

Be a part of this Citizen Science project and gain tree data collection skills.

Calling all volunteers! Everyone welcome! Please sign up at  

Incredible Edible Community Garden's annual  Annual Earth Day is happening in Colton!  Come plant a tree and enjoy visiting some of our partners!  Food and Fun!

More Area Events 





Chino Hills State Park Educator Open House

iCreate FREE Family STEAM Fair

CSUSB Demonstration Garden 2017 Incentive Fair

World Environment Day

Pollination Festival

CA NGSS Rollout #4: San Bernardino & Riverside Counties

Calling All Artists!
Do you know budding artists who have a message about the Earth? 
Art entries are due May 24, 2017. Contest is open to all ages!

Click  HERE for more information.
Click  HERE for entry form. 

Mark your calendars now so you do not miss out on this year's event!

This is the 5th Annual Palm Springs World Environment Day Celebration. It will be held on June 4th, 2017 from 2 pm - 6 pm at the Palm Springs Pavilion. 
(401 S. Pavilion Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262)
This is a FREE event with things available for purchase inside the event. 
FUN for the WHOLE family
Also, the CREEC Environmental Art Show & Awards @ 3:30
Face Painting ~ Raffle & Door Prizes ~ 
Create your VERY OWN art with the SCRAP Gallery  
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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