California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 3 Capital Newsletter 
September 2015 

Fall Newsletter  

Everyone's back in school and you're enjoying the last watermelons and the first pumpkins-- that means conference season is upon us! No matter what your role is in regards to Environmental Education, you are sure to find a conference this fall to interest and excite you! Right here in our region, CSTA's California Science Education Conference comes to Sacramento October 2-4:

Food and agriculture offer many connections to environmental literacy in the Sacramento Region, which also happens to be the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America. Vacation in Long Beach as you join California Foundation for Ag in the Classroom to explore the journey from Farm to You October 22-24:

Consider three more opportunities to visit Southern California for professional development and networking in October:  North American Association for Environmental Education October 15-18 in San Diego:

CA STEM Symposium October 28-29 in Anaheim:

Green CA School Summit October 29-30 in Pasadena:

Read on for more local happenings and to learn about Sierra Nevada Journeys, and organization who wants to help you and your students get outside and explore!

- Karen Swan, CREEC Coordinator, Region 3
What's New in Region 3

9/26: Project WET and EEI Teacher Training at Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael.

Get ready for a great year using the environment to integrate student learning of standards and core subjects through the activities of Project WET and the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI). This is STEM learning at its best and will include a light breakfast, lunch and you'll walk away with a Project WET 2.0 Guide and EEI materials!

Read more about Project WET and EEI Teacher Training (PDF OR opens in a new window)

10/23 Caring for Our Watersheds: Teacher Intro Workshop at Center for Land-Based Learning in Winters.

Engage your 9-12th grade students in writing with their own ideas and the incentive of cash prizes! This workshop will give teachers program details and include presentations from water resource professionals.    

Read more about Caring for Our Watersheds Teacher Workshop 

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10/3 Solar Schoolhouse:

Learn how to integrate solar energy education into existing curriculum, while teaching students the value of using renewable energy sources. Teachers will make two take-away projects and will receive Your Solar Home curriculum and DVD as well as other classroom materials.    

Read more about Solar Schoolhouse 

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Local Events

Highlighted Program: Sierra Nevada Journeys

Since 2006, Sierra Nevada Journeys has been offering high-quality, outdoor science education programs for elementary students. Now, the full suite of SNJ's Classrooms Unleashed programs are available to 1st-5th grade teachers in the Sacramento Region!
SNJ's Classrooms Unleashed program is designed by teachers to be inquiry-driven, hands-on, student-centered, and highly engaging. Each of the Classrooms Unleashed programs includes three 90-minute in-class lessons taught by credentialed SNJ Instructors, a science exploration field trip led by SNJ instructors, and Common Core-aligned extension lessons for the classroom teacher for before and after the program.

SNJ also offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities for teachers, and is a coordinator for Project Learning Tree in Nevada. Check for more information about PD with SNJ.

For more information about Sierra Nevada Journeys, contact the Sacramento Program Director Sarah Barnes:  

Learn more about - Sierra Nevada Journeys (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 the Capitol Region, CREEC is housed and supported by Center for Land-Based Learning.
Karen Swan, (530) 795-1544,

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

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