California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 6 Newsletter 
Fall 2016

Region 6  

MEANDER trips are day-long excursions specifically for fourth-grade students. Participants will hike along trails in the natural riparian (riverside) ecosystem, and practice making observations, asking questions, and making discoveries outside. Students will engage their senses and minds to become scientists in their local environment. The are located seven miles south of Manteca.

Click HERE to visit their website. 

- Conni Bock, CREEC Coordinator, Region 6
- Your
What's New in Region 6

Plant trees in a recent forest fire area - last CSERC project of 2016!

CSERC, volunteers, and Stanislaus Forest staff will be digging small holes and planting young conifers (pine, fir, cedars).  CSERC is aiming to get 15-20 people participating at this project.
Where - We will be working in an area of the Stanislaus Forest just outside of the town of Groveland.

The 2016 Youth Art Contest is now open! The theme of this year's contest is '"Discover State Parks" and they invite youth ages 4-18 to participate by creating artwork that shares their experiences in state parks and what they have discovered during their visits.  

The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based learning competition designed in conjunction  with NAAEE and WestEd K-12 Alliance. Over 4-8 weeks, classrooms initiate, develop, and  implement a project focused on caring for water, which must:
* Explore Water as Both a Global Resource and Local Resource
* Tackle a Local Water Issue



California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the Coastal Commission's annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. Entries must be postmarked by January 3 1 , 201 7 . For rules and entry form, the contest flyer, and helpful links for teachers and students, visit


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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


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