California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

North Coast Newsletter -  Early Winter 2016
Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties

NGSS Training for Environmental Educators: 
Fri. 1/20 at Mendocino County Office of Education
Are you an EE Provider wanting to get up to speed on the new science standards and figure out how they apply to the programs you offer? This this is the training for YOU! 

Join us Friday 1/20, 12:30-4:30 at the MCOE, Ukiah. 
From 11:30 to 12:30 enjoy a networking lunch with environmental educators from across the North Coast region. 
This half-day workshop is designed to:
  • Provide a brief overview of NGSS 
  • Show what NGSS lessons can look like in both the formal and non-formal arenas 
  • Demonstrate complementing approaches for supporting NGSS and exploring different pathways for your programs 
  • Provide a means of analyzing the 3-dimensions of EE learning 
This training will be facilitated by Environmental Education Consultant, Laura Powell, who has worked extensively building connections between formal and non-formal educators, through coordination and trainings in standards-based environmental education. She will be joined by Allison Poklemba, North Coast CREEC Coordinator, and Theresa House of the Mendocino County Office of Education. Learn more here.

To register contact by January 9.
Allison Poklemba and Laura Powell, North Coast CREEC Coordinators ,
What's New on the North Coast

Making STEAM Conference: Jan. 6 & 7 at HCOE

This year's Region 1 Making STEAM Conference is going to be another exciting professional development experience. 28 breakout sessions will feature hands-on activities and presenters from both local schools and all over the country. The two keynotes (Erin Mulcagy of LittleBits Education Strategic Initiatives and Nirvan Mullick, videographer of "Caine's Arcade") are not to be missed! 

Free EEI Curriculum Workshop 

This is a fun, hands-on, introductory professional development workshop on the Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum that trains both teachers and environmental education providers in how to utilize this model curriculum now being used by schools throughout California. Mon. 2/6, 4-6pm at the HSU Natural History Museum in Arcata.
Local Events
Take A Child Outside Day, Humboldt County

Day of the Child, Sonoma County

Department of Water Resource = Free Resources! 
Water Education Check-out Kit

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California's water resources. Did you know the agency also provides free water education materials for schools and the general public alike? Some of the materials are published in Spanish. The Department also organizes campaigns to conserve water in California, manages reservoirs and visitors centers, plans for flood control, and more. To learn more about the amazing array of resources and support for California residents to conserve our water resources, visit:  

If you would like a free packet of some of their water education materials contact


Sources for teachers and providers

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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

On the North Coast, CREEC is supported by Humboldt State University's
Redwood Science Project and Natural History Museum.
Allison Poklemba ( and Laura Powell (

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