California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Capital Region 3 Newsletter 
February 2017   

Wondering where all that water under the freeways between Sacramento and Yolo Counties came from? Curious about runoff into your local rivers and streams? Want more background on the Oroville Dam spillway problems? Now's a great time to gain more understanding of our region's floodplains and flows, and to make environmental science and engineering real for students. We've compiled and shared some of our relevant resources on these topics on our CREEC Region 3 webpage.

- Karen Swan, CREEC Coordinator, Region 3

What's New in Region 3  

G.O. Network: Reschedule date set! Cosumnes River Preserve, Galt, March 29, 9:00-1:00

Learn simple ways to incorporate NGSS into your outdoor program from Barbara Woods, Galt Unified Science Coach and John Durand, Service Learning Coordinator. John and Barbara are part of an NGSS Early Implementation team and will show you how your programs, when viewed through the lens of the Cross-Cutting Concepts, will support NGSS! Register here.

A Garden In Every School Symposium, Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento, February 25-26

Network with teachers, parents, garden designers, community leaders, school garden coordinators, and others helping kids connect with food, health and the environment. Help advance Delaine Eastin's A Garden in Every School initiative by advocating for a collaborative regional commitment to a garden in every school by 2020. There will be workshops, success stories, best practices, panels, and food. $75 by 2/17, then $95 - discount for group of 3+.  

Project WET Training for K-12 Educators, Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael, April 15 9:30-3:30

Project WET Training for K-12 Educators, Effie Yeaw Nature
Spend  the day along the banks of the American River. Get get new ideas and activities to engage students in learning about watershed processes and human history. Receive the Project WET 2.0 Guide with access to over 110 Common Core and NGSS correlated activities! FREE.  

Green California Summit and Exposition: Greening the Golden State v 2.0, Sacramento Convention Center, April 26-27

With a keynote featuring former teacher, environmental educator and State Senator Fran Pavely, the Summit showcases new technologies and best practices in building, energy and water conservation, clean transportation and more. Keynote and Green Solutions Expo 4/26 are FREE. Education Session fees vary. Receive 20% discount with code: OUTREACH.    

Science in the River City: Next Generation Science, Sacramento State, May 13, 9:00-4:40

Whether you are new to NGSS or understand the basics, this is an opportunity to learn more. Registration includes two NGSS info workshops and 2 grade-level specific NGSS science lesson workshops, lunch, raffle and more. $100.

Forestry Institute for Teachers

It's not to early to start scheduling summer professional development! Our next newsletter will highlight many summer opportunities, but in the meantime check out the Forestry Institute for Teachers!

FIT offers several week-long sessions to choose from, all in beautiful places across the state. At FIT, natural resource specialists and teachers work and explore together. You'll gain a deeper understanding of forest ecosystems and human use of natural resources, and go home with the tools to incorporate forest ecology and resource management into your teaching. FIT is highly regarded professional development program emphasizing Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, with over 2500 graduates since 1993. More information.

June 11-17, Plumas County
June 18-24, Tuolumne County
July 2-8, Shasta County
July 9-15, Humboldt County


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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 3, the CREEC Network is coordinated through a partnership between
the Center for Land Based Learning and the Yolo County Office of Education,
Karen Swan,
 Deborah Bruns,


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