California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

January 2017 Newsletter
Region 11 - Los Angeles County


Alliance for Climate Education announces the launch of a new spring campaign,
We Power Forward!

The We Power Forward campaign from our partners at the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is a unique way for young people across the country to take climate action and fight for renewable energy.

#WePowerForward connects young climate leaders across the U.S. and enables them to support each other to take climate action. Through an interactive platform, participants can take action on climate change digitally and attend local actions in person.

Join the movement at .

- Candice Dickens-Russell, CREEC Coordinator, Region 11 

Saturday February 4th, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM 
CNPS (California Native Plant Society) will be hosting their annual native plant sale at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center on Saturday, February 4 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The address is:

Madrona Marsh Nature Center
3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance.

For more information call the Nature Center at: 310/782-3989

March 30th - April 2nd, 2017

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.

Click here to learn more about this event.

December 10 in Orange County,
January 21 in Calabasas,
January 28 in Los Angeles. 

The workshop is offered on the three dates above (you only need to attend one).
Cost: Offered at no cost. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Other workshop highlights:
  • 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
Click here  to learn more about this event.

Cal Water H20 Challenge    

Embark on an H2O Science Adventure with Your Classroom!

California Upper-Elementary Teachers:
Would you like to incorporate lessons into your classroom around our state's historic drought?  Perhaps you want to teach about water conservation, but need a place to start? California  Water Service (Cal Water) and the North American Association for Environmental Education  (NAAEE) have collaborated with field-leading educational organizations to develop a program  that:
  • Aligns with Common Core State Standards
  • Compliments Next Generation Science Standards
  • Follows a Project-Based Learning Methodology
  • Adheres to an Educator-Created Objective Rubric

Introducing Cal Water H2O Challenge
The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based learning competition designed in conjunction  with NAAEE and WestEd K-12 Alliance. Over 4-8 weeks, classrooms initiate, develop, and  implement a project focused on caring for water, which must:
  • Explore Water as Both a Global Resource and Local Resource
  • Tackle a Local Water Issue

To compete, participants must be a 4th to 6th grade class within Cal Water's service area.

For more information see the  CalWater H20 Flyer or go to  the website.


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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 Los Angeles, CREEC is housed and supported by TreePeople. Candice Dickens-Russell CREEC-LA Coordinator 818.623.4876


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