California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

RIMS Region 10 Newsletter 
Summer 2016 - NGSS and More!

Happy Summer!
Photo by John Unrig, used by permission under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Licensing 

"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught" ~ Babe Dioums

Happy Summer! 
Stay cool & beat the heat! Visit Mt. San Jacinto riding the historic Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and expect temperatures 40 degrees cooler than the desert valley floor.  Enjoy the Night Hikes & Star Parties offered throughout the summer months at The Wildlands Conservancy's Whitewater & Oak Glen Preserves, Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument, and Joshua Tree National Park! Check the CREEC Region 10 Calendar for all the dates you and your family can join the fun!  

There are a lot of great educator training events happening this Summer! 
Check the CREEC Region 10 Events Calendar for events, including the PEAK training sessions for educators grade K-2 on Aug. 2nd and grades 3-5 on Aug. 3rd, and more!

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 Coordinator, Jen Futterman

Summer TIP: How to cool down using Yogic breathing: 
Either make a taco tongue and breathe through your tongue like a straw, or purse your lips and breathe, sipping air over the tongue, then close your mouth at the top of your inhalation and exhale through the nose. It works like a swamp cooler (evaporative cooling) and the same way a dog cools down. Be well!
What's New in Region 10
This workshop is designed to support non-formal education leaders in gaining an understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 1st 25 EEC members to register attend free. .. 

Kids will work together on a variety of fun projects throughout the six week program, ending with a kids' POP (Politics of Plastic) exhibition. Projects include drawing, painting, mixed-media and.. ..

Join a TWC naturalist on a themed walk and talk on the Preserve trails. A different theme is presented monthly...



Special for Community Partners - Don't Miss the NGSS for Non-Formal Learning Organizations Workshop on June 28!

This workshop is designed to support non-formal education leaders in gaining an understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Participants will: 

1) gain an understanding of the core concepts of NGSS and three dimensional teaching and learning; 

2) explore ways non-formal organizations provide learning spaces to encourage stewardship for students and teachers; and

3) explore and plan ways to partner with local school sites and teachers.

Want to find more great events and opportunities?
Remember to check the CREEC Events Calendar for many more great upcoming events and environmental education opportunities. We send you just a sampling each month - there's lots of great listings found on the events calendar!


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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.

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

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

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