California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

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

California renews push to promote environmental literacy in schools
Environmental education in California got a big push last November when the State Board of Education approved integrating five key environmental principles into the new science frameworks  and history/social science frameworks in November. The frameworks provide a blueprint for introducing the Next Generation Science Standards, which the state adopted in 2013, and are gradually being introduced in schools across the state.

"Now is the moment to elevate environmental literacy as an essential element of a 21st century education in California, and to establish the leadership, collaboration, strategic partnerships, and necessary funding to ensure environmental literacy for all California students." - Blueprint for Environmental Literacy

One way to increase Environmental Literacy at schools is to use the EEI curriculum.       To download Eeducation & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum guides and NGSS correlations go here:

Another way is to go to Rollout #4 for NGSS which will feature the EP&Cs:
NEWEST Version of CA Science Framework is now available:
Go to Appendix 2 for the Connections to Environmental Principles & Concepts (EP&Cs)

History-Social Science Framework: 
Roll outs for HSS Framework:  lic here or on the date
- 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 & Community Events

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

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May 2017

June  & July 2017

2017 Forestry Institute for Teachers  sessions
· June 11-17, Plumas County
· June 18-24, Tuolumne County
· July 2-8, Shasta County 
· July 9-15, Humboldt County

2017 California Institute for Biodiversity - Impacts of a Changing Water Cycle  July 6 - 9, 2017 in the Sierra Nevada's Camp Green Meadows

* Session #1 - June 12 -16
* Session #2 - June 19 - 23
* Session #3 - June 26 - 30

July 11 - 14, 2017

School Waste Reduction
Looking for models for school waste reduction?
Cal Recycle has compiled many resources to help you out including Model Programs and Case Studies.

You will find various strategies and techniques to reduce schools' environmental footprint throughout the state. To the degree possible, these examples are listed by geographical regions-North, Bay, Central, and Southern California-and feature specific replicable program components.


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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