California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 8 (SLO, SB, Ventura, Kern) Newsletter 
September 2015

Here's to a Collaborative School Year! 

Welcome to the 2015 - 2016 school year! May this be the best, most collaborative school year ever! May we collaborate on cleaning up the environment, on greening our schools, and on teaching environmental stewardship by showing students how to care for the earth.  May you find ways to collaborate with other environmental groups and agencies. May you find ways to collaborate with schools and your local community. What you do is vital.  We are all partners in this common goal of caring for our local environment and for a better future for our children. Caring for both is what is needed at this time. 

Coastal Clean Up is on September 19th, Green Apple Day of Service is on Sept. 26th and the Growing Edible Education Symposium for our Tri Counties is on October 9th and 10th in Santa Barbara. On October 29 & 30 is the CA STEM Symposium in Anaheim and also the Green School Summit in Pasadena.

See below for more details on these collaborative events. Please share this newsletter with your fellow teachers and colleagues. We need all of us!

- Teresa "Tree" Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8
What's New in Region 8

Gathering of EE Providers September 16, 2015 4pm - 6pm at San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

One way to collaborate with one another is to come together to hear about who is doing what kind of environmental education. Please come to share and to learn about local programs in SLO County. These gatherings will also take place in Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and Kern County this school year. . .

Read more about EE Provider gathering here (PDF OR opens in a new window)

How to Become a Green Ribbon School - September 24th in Atascadero and September 25th in Montecito

The Green School movement is growing in Region 8 and we would like to see more Green Ribbon Schools in our area. This is a collaboration with Central Coast Green Build Council Please come to either one of the these trainings to hear from Lesley Taylor of CA Department of Education explain how to become a Green Ribbon School (NOTE: This is just a sample flyer from Orange County) . . .   

Read more about Green Ribbon Schools here (NOTE: This flyer is for a similar training held in Orange County.) 

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Edible Gardening

Tri Counties Garden Education Symposium "Growing Edible Education" in Santa Barbara October 9th - 10th

Another collaboration is taking place between all the garden education and farm to school programs in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. This is first annual symposium and will be rotated each year. This two day symposium is hosted at Trinity Gardens in SB. . . .   

Read more about "Growing Edible Education" here

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Local Events

Surge of Interest in EEI Curriculum Units

Back to School Surge for Environmental Education Curriculum
Materials in demand as drought, wildfires dominate California headlines
SACRAMENTO -CalRecycl e's Office of Education and the Environment is on pace to shatter records in August as back-to-school orders surge for California's Education and the Environment Initiative curriculum. CalRecycle received nearly 600 orders for the environment-based units during the week of August 9 -15 . If the trend continues, August will surpass June's all-time high of 1,000 orders in a single month. In-demand units include Earth's Water, The Geography of Where We Live, and California Indian Peoples and Management of Natural Resources.
"More teachers and students are seeing firsthand how California's groundbreaking EEI curriculum is tailor-made to address the unique environmental issues we face as a state," program chief Bryan Ehlers said. "Amid California's extreme drought and wildfires, EEI provides teachers with highly topical lessons that keep students engaged in the classroom and prepare them to become 21st century problem-solvers."

The CREEC Network collaborates with CalRecycle's Office of Education & the Environment on delivering EEI Teacher Trainings. Please contact Teresa Lees to set up an EEI training at your school here in Region 8.

This school year marks five years since the EEI curriculum was approved by the California State Board of Education and cleared for distribution to California classrooms. The free, state-sponsored, K-12 curriculum is the only one in the country to teach science and history/social science standards through an environmental lens. 

Learn more about Education & the Environment Initiative (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 Region 8, CREEC is housed and supported by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Ed.)***
Teresa "Tree" Lees, 805-782-7265

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

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