California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 6 (Delta Sierra) Newsletter 
Fall 2015 

Welcome Fall! And What We Can All Learn From the Butte Fire 

Residents of the Delta Sierra region got a rude reminder in early September of what dry weather and years of drought have done to create bone-dry and very flammable fuel. The Butte Fire destroyed homes, wildlife habitat and timber, and polluted the air far and wide. As some residents return home and many others begin the process of rebuilding their lives, the occurrence of fires in our region is something that everyone should be discussing. We have an opportunity to teach students about the causes and sweeping effects of fires by asking important questions. For example, what role does California's drought play? How does climate change affect the frequency and intensity of wildfire? And how does the forest regenerate?

CAL FIRE's Fire Safety Education Programs are spread statewide and come in the form of school programs. They are a great resource of information and provide teachers access to information about materials and programs geared specifically to educators.

For more information check out their website:

- Madeleine Flandreau and Conni Bock, CREEC Coordinators, Region 6
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What's New in Region 6

Salmonids in the Classroom Teacher Workshops

Come attend a free teacher workshop and help your students learn to be stewards of the watersheds in which they live . . .

A-Team for Wildlife Presents "Saving Endangered Species" Youth Presentation Program

A-Team for Wildlife is a non-profit wildlife education organization that offers school and after-school Endangered Species Presentations . . .   

Cal Water H2O Challenge

Incorporate lessons into your classroom around our state's historic drought that align with Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards . . .   



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Salmonids In The Classroom!

Come learn how to raise salmon from eggs in your classroom, and become qualified to receive eggs from the hatchery! Raising salmon in the classroom is an opportunity to teach students to understand, respect and protect freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems, and to recognize how all humans are linked to these complex environments.

Become certified to raise salmon from eggs to fish mature enough to release by attending a teacher workshop. 

For Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties:

Turlock: Oct 13, Modesto: Oct 19, Sonora: Oct 28 click here

For San Joaquin, Calaveras and Amador Counties: 

Stockton: Nov 7 click here


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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 Delta Sierra Region, CREEC is housed by the Office of Science and STEM at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton,
Conni Bock,, (209) 468-9223, and the Calaveras County Office of Education, Madeleine Flandreau,, (209) 736-6009

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

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