California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 5: serving Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito, 
and Monterey Counties 
--Winter Newsletter--

Act fast! These EE Opportunities are filling up! 

Sign up now for great workshops, free field trip programs that include transportation, and unique field experiences. These opportunities will connect in class learning with out of class experiences to deepen connections to the environment while increasing students' understanding of natural resources and systems. 

- Amity Sandage, CREEC Coordinator, Region 5
What's New in Region 5

Last Chance to Register! GEMS Ocean Science Grade 3-8

Engage your students through in-depth, interdisciplinary units focused on core ideas of ocean science and NGSS Science Practices and Cross-Cutting Concepts . . .
Read more about the GEMS Ocean Science Workshop    (PDF OR opens in a new window)

Free Water Education Workshops for K-12 teachers!

Interdisciplinary Project WET and EEI lessons support Common Core and NGSS standards. Walk away loaded with classroom-ready content to study drought, water conservation, and more.   
(PDF OR opens in a new window)

Funding Available: SOS Offers Field Trips to PVUSD

This Spring, Save Our Shores will again offer free bus and field trips to local beaches for schools in PVUSD to learn about ocean ecology, waste management and community service . . . 
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Project WILD Facilitator Training

Are you interested in introducing Project WILD, Aquatic WILD or Growing Up WILD to teachers and informal educators that you work with? If so, then join this hands-on professional . . .   
(PDF OR opens in a new window)

Watershed Explorers: Customized Field Experiences 

This free (transportation included!) new K-5 environmental education program  is designed to connect students to a local watershed and park. Sign students up for a multi-day . . .   
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Creative Ecology Program Combines Art and Science

Palo Alto's ambitious new program launches its second phase with artist David Tomb conducting art and science in-the-field activities with the public in the Baylands that include . . .   
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 3 in 1 Workshop! Project WET, Project Learning Tree and Project WILD in this Field-based Summer Series

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the Regional Parks are partnering to offer this three-day workshop incorporating tested curriculum, NGSS and Common Core. . .   
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More Local Events and Workshops






This spring, in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) will offer a new Hiking Leadership Training course.  With this low cost and highly experiential leadership training, we hope to increase access to the outdoors for schools and youth organizations in the South Bay. Participants can expect to learn some of the following skills and leave course ready to lead a hike for their students.
  • How to read a map and navigate on trail
  • How to find hiking trails in the South Bay that are good for taking youth
  • How to plan a hiking trip
  • How to manage a youth group on trail
  • How to manage risk
  • Natural history that you can teach your students on trail
  • And much more
When and where are these courses?
The spring 2016 course dates are
  • Saturday March 5th, 2016 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Rancho Canada
  • Saturday April 23rd, 2016 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Rancho Canada
  • Saturday June 4th, 2016 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Rancho Canada
What is the cost?
Only $10
Here is a testimonial about the impact of one leadership training course on a youth worker from Oakland.
BAWT has been instrumental in helping me accomplish my goal of exposing youth to nature...   On top of the wonderful experience of bonding, sharing, and laughing through thoughtful engaging activities, I learned that for years I had been doing things wrong (at least not the most organized, effective, and time saving way).  My planning, preparation, and organizational skills increased two fold, minimally.  The impact my new skills had on the next youth camping trip....priceless.  I was so much more competent and confident.  This relieved a huge amount of stress associated with the trip and made it far more enjoyable for staff and myself.
- Zotunde Morton, Ujimaa Foundation

Learn more about how to get training and gear loans through BAWT  (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.
In Region 5, CREEC is housed and supported by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Amity Sandage, Region 5 CREEC Coordinator, 

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

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