California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Central Coast Region 8 Newsletter 
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura & Kern County
February 2017 

Harvesting EEI for Environmental Literacy
Teacher Insights Shared
Teachers are harvesting content from the California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum (the only State Board of Education approved K-12 environment-based curriculum in the country) to start writing NGSS units of study. The EEI Curriculum engages students in an environment-based, standards-aligned education in a way that builds crucial problem solving and social competencies while using the three dimension of NGSS to form your Performance Expectations:
SEP - Science & Engineering Practices 
DCI - Disciplinary Core Idea
CCC - Cross Cutting Concepts
A collaborative composed of teachers in San Mateo County recently shared their examples of using the EP&C (Environmental Principles & Concepts) in the EEI curriculum to connect students to "phenomenon" in the natural world. At the heart of every story the teachers were excited that their students had become fully engaged learners when participating in outdoor lessons, in a unique way that was then supplemented inside the classroom. To download EEI curriculum guides and NGSS correlations go here:
Teachers who partnered with local environmental education providers found a rich, fun resource for incorporating Next Generation Science Standards into their lessons. 
Find the NGSS Standards for CA: 

Go to Appendix 2 for the K-12 Connections to Environmental Principles & Concepts:
Come Learn More about the nexus between Environmental Education & NGSS at these upcoming events: 
February 24th NGSS for EE Providers Training in the Tri Counties
To be held at Ventura County Office of Education. Click here or on the date
February 25th  National Wildlife Federation EcoSchools Spring Bloom
Monte Vista School in Simi Valley. Click here or on the date

March 8th  NGSS for EE Providers in Kern County
RSVP by March 1st with     Click here or on the date
To be held at Kern County Superintendent of School City Centre Click here

- Teresa Tree Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8 

Environmental Education Conferences 

Green School Conference in Atlanta, GA March 21 - 22

"Advancing sustainable schools for all within this generation."
Every year, the Green Schools Conference & Expo connects green school champions nationwide for two days of learning and collaboration to support our shared mission of equitable, healthy and high-performing schools, where students can learn how to sustain and improve the world around them.

AEOE Conference in La Honda, CA     March 24-26

Theme: "The Next Generation" 
Join us for 60+ environmental education workshops, keynote address, music, entertainment, exhibitors, job fair, and networking! Registration includes the conference, 5 meals and lodging or camping. Day use rates also available. Camp Jones Gulch, is located in La Honda, 50 miles south of San Francisco in the coastal range near Pescadero on many acres of woodland and open meadows. 

Farm to School Conference in Modesto March 27-29

Theme: Connecting the Garden, Cafeteria and Classroom
The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators.

NSTA Conference in Los Angeles
March 30 - April 2

NSTA conferences offer the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand your professional growth. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to collaborate with science education leaders and your peers. Each year, NSTA hosts a national conference on science education (in the spring), three area conferences (in the fall), and a STEM Forum & Expo.

Green California Summit at Sacramento Convention Center April 26 - 27

The Summit will highlight strategies, technologies and best practices that are fueling progress toward the state's green goals and the growth of its economy. A Green Solutions Expo on April 26 will feature more than 100 companies offering green products and services, from zero emission vehicles to building materials. Concurrent sessions led by expert practitioners will cover topics including zero net energy buildings, water conservation, clean transportation, funding sources and Prop 39 implementation. Pre-Summit training on April 25 will include in-depth sessions on Prop 39 implementation and accountability, ZEV Fleets and the sustainability requirements in California building codes.  A keynote session featuring path-breaking legislator Fran Pavley, the Green Solutions Expo and a Leadership Awards reception on April 25 are free. To register, visit or call  626-577-5700 .

Teacher Workshops

View Region 8 CREEC website for a full description and links to all upcoming Environmental Ed opportunities.
CREEC Region 8 homepage


March 2017

April 2017

Grants & Scholarships

PG&E is offering Better Together STEM Scholarships of $5,000 per year - renewable for up to four years - to students pursuing science, technology or engineering studies in California schools. 

California Sea Grant
The California Sea Grant College Program is now soliciting preliminary proposals for projects to begin on/after  February 1, 2018.

For more grants go to Receive Funding link below.

Lesson Planning: 
Learning with Nature
Key Idea: 

A child's relationship with nature can be rich with imagination, wonder, and ingenuity. Educational initiatives that include time in nature are shown to serve children's physical and mental health as well as boost academic performance.

From Global Oneness Project: 


Sources for teachers and providers

View Funding Resources
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 8, CREEC is housed and supported by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
Teresa Tree Lees,


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