California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 8 (SLO, SB, Ventura, Kern) Newsletter 
Special Issue for Environmental Literacy Blueprint

California Environmental Literacy Blueprint 

The California Environmental Literacy Blueprint has just been released. It will provide important opportunities to integrate environmental literacy throughout the K-12 education system.This collaboration is a project of the California Department of Education Environmental Literacy Task Force, the Glen Price Group and countless stakeholders throughout the state. 

There were five Working Teams that outlined goals and recommendations in these areas:
1. Learning Environments and Expanding Reach
2. Instructional Materials and Educator Professional Learning
3. System Integration of Environmental Literacy with Common core, NGSS, STEM and other current initiatives such as EEI
4. Learning Outcomes and Monitoring and Assessment of Environmental Literacy
5. Sustainable Funding for Environmental Literacy

It will take many partnerships to fully realize this plan here in California. You are each a partner in the plan to make sure our students gain environmental literacy throughout their K-12 public school experience. The goal is environmental literacy accessible for ALL students! Download the plan here:

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

Care for Our Earth Teacher Grants from Santa Barbara (APCD) Air Pollution Control Board

Santa Barbara County K-12 teachers are encouraged to apply for 2015-2016 Care for our Earth Grants, through a program that is a collaboration of the District, the Santa Barbara County Education Office, the Santa Barbara County Water Agency, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company. Grant applications for 2015-2016 are due November 20, 2015. . .
Read more about Care for Our Earth grants 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 . . .   
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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. Deadline to register is September 30, 2015. . . .   
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Local Events

CREEC Resource Directory
A-Team for Wildlife School Presentations

The CREEC Resource Directory is now even easier to use. Just type in the name of a provider or program and it will take you directly to their listing. There is also an alphabetical list where you can also type in the name OR keyword. Start searching TODAY!!!

If you want you can customize your search by Region, Topic, Grade Level, California Science Content Standard or EEI Unit.

You can also create a Teacher Account and save all your searches.

Also this is a reminder to all EE Providers to create your accounts if you haven't already and then to add your programs and calendar listings!

The more environmental education the better!!!

One of the new programs listed to the CREEC Resource Directory is the   A-Team for Wildlife School Presentations

We come to you, wherever you are in California to provide excellent presentations about natural resources. Natural Science School Assembly Presentations 

"Saving Endangered Species" - "Water Wise - Water Conservation Science" Featuring the exclusive "Conservation Tech" component showcasing amazing inventions to solve conservation problems. 5 wonderful, optional Followup Programs to continue the assembly learning experience with elements of culture, art, technology, community activism, and youth leadership added to environmental education. 

Learn more about the A-Team for Wildlife here:  (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 Education
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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