California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 3 Capital Newsletter
Spring 2016

Earth Day is April 22nd

Spring is here, time to celebrate Earth Day and get ready for summer! If you are looking for a local event to celebrate Earth Day this month, we have highlighted a few below. Spring is also the time to plan your summer professional development. We are busy planning the 2016 Floodplains Ecology Institute for teachers- see below for info. For Environmental Education Providers, there will be a G.O. (Get Outdoors) Network Gathering on June 15th at Grant High School's GEO Academy to check out GEO's urban greening projects and kitchen and learn more about NGSS and how your programs can support the new standards. You'll see another e-mail from us next week with this and more summer opportunities for teachers, EE providers, and even for students! In the meantime, read on for some spring opportunities and to learn about a fun Environmental Ed video available online.

- Karen Swan, Co-coordinator, Region 3 

- Deb Bruns, Co-coordinator, Region 3 
What's New in Region 3

Project WET Climate Change Workshop

Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources Climate Change Team for to learn the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing climate change impacts on California's water supply and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge in the classroom!

Read more about Project WET Climate Change Workshop (PDF OR opens in a new window)

Registration Now Open: Floodplains Ecology Institute: June 20-22

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. daily. Take advantage of this incredible summer teacher training to learn from scientists, engineers, educators, and others involved in floodplain ecology and management. Highlights include field trips to regional floodplains such as the Cosumnes River Preserve, and a career panel with water-related scientists. Project WET and California EEI curriculum training also included. Designed with grade 6-12 teachers in mind, but open to teachers of any grade level. $200 stipend for full participation.    

Read more about the Floodplains Ecology Institute 

(PDF OR opens in a new window)

EEI Training on the Yolo Bypass: April 30 in Davis

9:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Come learn about the California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), a free curriculum that teaches science, history and English language arts through an environmental lens. We'll explore three EEI units making connections to the wetlands and wildlife area.

Read more about EEI Training on the Yolo Bypass (PDF OR opens in a new window)

Local Events

Water Conservation & Pollution Prevention Video

Wish you could take your class on a field trip to the river for Earth Day to learn about conservation and pollution prevention, but it's just not feasible? Try pairing your favorite water resources lesson with this fun video from the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife: "Something's Fishy On the River." An entertaining puppetry video helps children understand threats to rivers, creeks and the ocean. Children learn how to practice conservation and prevent pollution in their community through a series of surprising encounters with various river animals. Sing along with the animals while learning how to keep their homes healthy.

Watch the video on YouTube (PDF OR opens in a new window)

A second conservation education video from the Department of Fish and Wildlife will be released this summer: Water We Do-It's Up to Me and You! Stay tuned to future CREEC newsletter for info on how you can get a copy for your school as soon as they are available.


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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.
Region 3 CREEC is co-coordinated by:

Deb Bruns, Yolo County Office of Education,
Karen Swan, Center for Land-Based Learning,

Shannon Gordon, Statewide CREEC Coordinator,
STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

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