California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

North Coast Newsletter -  Spring 2017
Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties

Take A Child Outside Day: 
EE Resource Fair and Family Nature Exploration, 3/18
Meet lizards and snakes! Test water quality! Make a harmonograph drawing! Search for frog habitat! Take a virtual field trip to a California State Park!
Saturday, March 18, 11am-3pm at the Arcata Marsh

Take A Child Outside Day is a festival of fun outdoor exploration for kids and their caregivers. A wealth of local environmental educators will offer nature-based activities, games, and crafts along the Arcata Marsh's 0.6 mile Log Pond Loop Trail (beginning at the Interpretive Center). Kids are invited to fill their "eco-passport" by adventuring along the trail with their adults and participating in these activities, returning it when complete for a nature-themed prize. Additionally, teachers and school staff are invited to attend and learn about field trips, in-class presentations, environment-themed curriculum and other opportunities for their students at each station. Meet representatives from local organizations offering environmental education resources in the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center and sample activities along the Log Pond Loop Trail. 

Activities and environmental education resources will be offered by Nature Joe's, CA State Parks, Friends of the Arcata Marsh, Friends of the Dunes, HCOE's Classroom Aquarium Program, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, HSU Aquatic Center, HSU Natural History Museum, Redwood EdVentures, Redwood National and State Parks, Redwood Region Audubon Society, Schatz Energy Research Center, SCRAP Humboldt, Sequoia Park Zoo, Watershed Stewards Program, and more!

This free community event is sponsored by the North Coast CREEC Network, Friends of the Arcata Marsh, Redwood Science Project, and Humboldt State Natural History Museum. 
Allison Poklemba and Laura Powell, North Coast CREEC Coordinators ,
What's New on the North Coast

STEM Model Curriculum Mini-Conference

Project HISI  will host a free mini-conference on April 29th from 8:30-12:00 at HSU focused on the project-based curriculum teachers developed during their three years of collaborative efforts. Each curriculum unit has an integrated focus on STEM  and is fully developed for implementation in 5th-12th grade classrooms across northwest California. Themes explore sustainability, natural resources, and energy.
Learn more and register
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Understanding Climate Change in CA 

Climate change is having a profound impact on CA water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. These changes are expected to continue in the future. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change Team for a day learning about 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 and skill back in the classroom! May 6th at the Taylor Observatory in Kelseyville.
Register and learn more here
The Child & Nature Network website features a searchable research library of peer-reviewed articles on many aspects of environmental education including design for nature access, mental health benefits, barriers to nature engagement, and much more. Use this as a resource when writing grants, designing programs, and evaluating efficacy. 
Local Events

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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