California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 3 Capital Newsletter
Winter 2016

Hot Topic for 2016 - Environmental Literacy   

Environmental Literacy has never been more important as Californians take on and are affected by climate change, drought, overfishing, ocean acidification, nature deficit disorder, and the over-dependence on screen time for our young people. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy in September to guide strategies and initiatives to realize the ambitious goal of achieving environmental literacy for all California students.

"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."    - Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent (Blueprint for Environmental Literacy p3)

This a document that educators, administrators, parents, environmental education advocates, and anyone interested in making sure today's youth get to experience our natural resources should read! Stay tuned for a spring workshop in our region to explore and discuss!

Read more about it here.

- Karen Swan, Co-coordinator, Region 3 

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

A Garden in Every School Symposium at Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento

If you agree that school garden projects nurture community spirit, common purpose, and cultural appreciation by building bridges among students, school staff, families, local businesses and organization; let's work together to create a garden in every school! Only $75 if you register by Feb 15!

Read more about A Garden in Every School Symposium (PDF OR opens in a new window)

Winter 2016 Project WET Gazette

Our California Project WET coordinator's latest newsletter is FULL of information for teachers, outreach providers and environmental education enthusiasts. Check it out to read about the National Parks Service Centennial year and related Project WET activities, as well as many resources and events related to Water Education!    

Read more about Project Wet Gazette 

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A-Team for Wildlife Presents "Saving Endangered Species" Youth Presentation Program

A-Team for Wildlife is a non-profit wildlife education organization offering a wonderful presentation that contributes to environmental literacy on a most urgent and important topic: wildlife extinction. The presentation includes info on conservation technology and wildlife career options. Live animals and robots add excitement and fun.    

Read more about "Saving Endangered Species" Presentations here 

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Local Events

Education and the Environment Initiative: Free Curriculum and Resources! Common Core and NGSS Correlation Guides Now Available!

If you aren't aware of this FREE resource, check it out today! There are 85 units to help you help your students achieve environmental literacy, covering all grade levels and multiple disciplines. You can download digital resources anytime. You can also get class sets of all materials needed (still FREE!) if you attend a live training or watch a webinar! The next live training in our region is Jan 26 in Yuba City.

Visit for all the info you need to sign up for a training or download digital resources! (PDF OR opens in a new window)


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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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