California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 2 Newsletter (Northeastern counties)
Winter 2017

"It started with a school garden at Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School. The garden did so well that students built another garden. Then they added native plants, where seventh-grade students learned lessons in data collection as they counted pollinators. The students wanted more pollinators, so they added a beehive. The bees made honey, and the kids used their sweet surplus to learn about the economics of commodities, said science educator Scott McClintock, who helped build the MRH middle school science program."

Enjoy this inspirational article with videos and concrete ideas for implementing the Next Generation Science Standards into an environmental curriculum. Although it's not our region, you could start implementing these ideas tomorrow. 

- Nate Fairchild, CREEC Coordinator, Region 2
What's New in Region 2

California Native Plant Society

If you need anything botanical, consider the California Native Plant Society. They offer specialist workshops, links to curricula, and more. They can train your botanists to become educators or train your students to draw plants.  Looking for regional field guides to plants? They have those. Do your students want science volunteer opportunities? Local chapters can help provide specific projects to further student learning. CNPS generously links to outside sites that also offer botanical resources. Our region is includes local chapters 1, 2, & 3

Water, water - Everywhere in the North State!
Project WET and Dept. of Water Resources

WET's mission is to reach children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water educati
on that promotes awareness of water and empowers community action to solve complex water issues. Project WET has teacher trainings (with the closest typically in Sacramento.) as well as online games and resources. 

The California Department of Water Resources also offers a multitude of free high-quality water education products.  At a glance on the first page you will find over 20 different materials. Fill out your name and address and the number you desire. Highlights include  Discovering Drought (16 colorful pages of activities, grades 4-8), Water Conservation Pledge (and stickers) for grades K-4, All About Water (teachers guide, AIMS-style), even flannel-board stories for the retro-lover! 

What is New with You?

Do you have EE events or resources you would like to share? Please email them for inclusion in the Region 2 newsletter and/or website! Send your ideas to Nate

Our CREEC Region 2 website is here 

Marrying 3 E's
Environmental Education + Engineering 

Engineering concepts can be beautifully blended with EE.  In the Engineering Camp students and teachers can participate, learning about arduinos, coding, inventing, and engineering. A student can enjoy the fun for 4 full days, while a teacher can choose from two options designed for educators. This is a day camp, not an overnight camp. 

Click here for student information and registration


Sources for teachers and providers

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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.

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

In Region 2, CREEC is housed and supported by the Shasta County Office of Education.
 Nate Fairchild, , 530-225-02 14

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