California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 4 Bay Area Newsletter 
Fall 2015

A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy
This fall, the California Department of Education released " A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy." The Blueprint makes the case for ensuring that each of California's 6.4+ million students becomes environmentally literate and outlines six key strategies to provide access and equity to a high quality environmental education across the state.

Join CREEC Region 4 and ChangeScale on December 3, 2015 to learn more about the Blueprint from local members of the statewide Environmental Literacy Task Force that helped draft the plan.

To register for this free event, click here

Nate Ivy, CREEC Coordinator, Region 4
What's New in Region 4

Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference  |  Call for Proposals: Deadline Dec. 8 

Students, teachers, or youth mentors, do you know a youth leader working to make this a better world? Share your work  at the 3rd annual YES Conference on 1/30/2016

13th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival Call for Entries

Students from all around the world in 6th-12th grades are invited to submit a short ocean related film, 5 minutes or less into the festival. Submission is FREE! The top films will be screened at the festival.  Winning films will be awarded up to $500 in cash.  Deadline to submit films is January 11th, 2016

Environmental Education Research Bulletin

What works in environmental education? Stay up to date with the most recent research- this bulletin from Stanford provides summaries of over 25 recent journal articles.
Local Events and Opportunities

Spotlight: Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund Grants

The Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund is seeking applications that improve habitat, advance scientific research, and provide public education for fish and wildlife issues in Contra Costa County.

Learn more about the grant and its January 6, 2016 application deadline.


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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.

In the Bay Area, Region 4 CREEC is housed at the Alameda County Office of Education and serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano counties.

Nate Ivy, CREEC Region 4 Coordinator
Shannon Gordon, Statewide CREEC Coordinator,
STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

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