California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

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

2017 - New Year for Environmental Literacy   
Environmental Literacy is possibly more important now than it ever has been. 

As advocates in our environmental education community, we want to make sure that you know the role Environmental Literacy plays in our new California frameworks for Science and History as well as where to find resources to best implement them. In this newsletter, as well as on our website, you will find links to information, resources, and opportunities to help keep you in the loop.

California Science Framework - was adopted on November 3, 2016 by the State Board of Education. You can access the  DRAFT version on the CDE website. Take a look at the chapters that connect to your focus areas.  Appendix 2 focuses on connections between NGSS Performance Expectations (PEs) for each grade level and the Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs).

California History-Social Science Framework - was adopted on July 14, 2016 by the State Board of Education. This document outlines the purposes and instructional approaches to assist in the development action minded citizens who understand the "increasing impact of humanity on the natural and physical environment."

May 2017 be filled with incredible environmental education for our children!

- Teresa Tree Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8

Conferences in March 2017

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.
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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 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.

Teacher Workshops

 A technical training seminar that will explore design techniques and policy tools to create schoolyards that elegantly balance the needs of children and the environment. The program will include: an introduction to the field of stormwater schoolyards; design and implementation best practices from Berlin, Germany; and an action-oriented planning session to consider how to make stormwater schoolyards the standard in the San Francisco Bay Area. The workshop will also include networking time to meet fellow participants from a variety of disciplines.


An EEI Teacher Ambassador will demonstrate lessons from EEI Curriculum units. All participating teachers will receive teacher and student materials of the subject, topic, and grade of their choice. These units help students to be better informed when they make choices that affect their own health and the future of a healthy environment. Download flyer on the blue link above.

1/25/ 2017
Chris Liske from CalRecycle and Teresa Lees from CREEC Network will lead a teacher workshop on the EEI curriculum to be held after school for the Santa Maria Bonita Unified School District. See all upcoming EEI in-person trainings on the blue link above.
Water Quality Workshop for Middle and High School Science Teachers 
Looking for hands-on science and technology for your classroom?
Attend a water quality teacher workshop from the MWD of So Cal!
Location: January 21 - Calabasas , CA
Location: January 28 - Los Angeles, CA
Participate in engaging water quality lessons that help you meet NGSS!
Explore a new technology tool, SKIES, that encourages classroom interaction, increases student engagement, and promotes 21st century learning.Learn about water issues facing Southern California. Connect with other educators. Get free water education materials.


Experience phenomena that highlight the NGSS practices of modeling, argumentation, and explanation.Reflect on these experiences to understand the integration of the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.Explore instructional strategies that support the development of the NGSS Science and and Engineering Practices.

February 18th - CA Phenology Project Training at SB Botanic Garden
Join us for this workshop and learn the answers to the following questions: What species are we monitoring in California? How does climate affect their leafing, flowering, and fruiting? Which species are most sensitive to climatic conditions? 

February 23th & 24th - Save the Date for NGSS for EE Providers Training
To be held at Ventura County Office of Education. All EE Providers invited!

Environmental Literacy involves BOTH classroom and out of the classroom AND nature experiences. 

Here are just a few resources to get you started:


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


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