California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 6 CREEC Newsletter  
Spring 2017 

Introduction / News / Etc. 

California's Focus on Environmental Literacy

What Is Environmental Literacy?
An individual's understanding, skills and motivation to make responsible decisions that considers his or her relationships to natural systems, communities and future generations.

California 2016 Science Framework and the Environment
"Explicit focus on Environmental Principles and Concepts. A direct understanding of the connections between humans and the natural world prepares students to address the environmental challenges of today and of the future, to mitigate and prepare for natural hazards, and to interact in a responsible and sustainable manner with the natural systems that support all life" (California Science Framework, ch1, p. 17).

California Frameworks
California Science Standards
California Blueprint for Environmental Education
California Education and the Environment Initiative EEI
Ten Strands Environmental Education
California Environmental Education Interagency Network CEEIN

- Colleen Whitlock CREEC Coordinator, Region 6
- Your 
What's New in Region 6
            The Forestry Institute for Teachers is high-quality professional development that provides cross-curriculum (Math, Language Arts, Science, History, etc.) training that emphasizes and models Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards while examining current forestry issues.

The Sandhill Cranes are here in the Valley!

Crane viewing can be done on your own or as a class field trip.   Tours and information on self-guided visits and field trips can be found at the California  Department of Fish and Wildlife site
or call (209)234-3435.   Information on Sandhill Crane field trips and activities for the classroom can be found at

Every Kid in a Park

FREE National Park Passes for Fourth Grade Students until August 2017:  Educators and parents can download free passes for each of your students at this site.

Local Events


Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup

Earth Day Festival Stockton
Victory Park by the Haggin Museum
Calaveras County Earth Day Festival
Utica Park; Angels Camp


Biodiversity in a Time of Drought: Impacts of a Changing Water Cycle

School Garden in Sonora: Nature is the Teacher

Read about Curtis Creek School and their school garden. This K-8 school uses the garden to teach about nature and to bring their school community together.  

Click here to read the article.


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

Conni Bock Primary Contact for Region 6 San Joaquin County Office of Education
Colleen Whitlock Contact for Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties

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