California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 5: serving Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito, 
and Monterey Counties 
--Summer Newsletter--

We've collected the best Summer opportunities below so you don't have to!  

The CREEC Network organizes resources for environmental education in a single, easy-to-use website. Quickly find professional development for connecting environmental topics to your curricula, funding for field trips, and field experiences to support NGSS and CCSS ! Follow us on Facebook to get exciting breaking news and opportunities. Let CREEC save you time so you can enjoy more of your Summer! 

- Amity Sandage, CREEC Coordinator, Region 5
What's New in Region 5

Come one, come all, to the Festival of Phenomena!

This unique three-hour event invites educators to engage in NGSS by sharing favorite phenomena. Celebrate science learning alongside experts and your teacher colleagues . . .
Read more about the Festival of Phenomena--Engage in NGSS    (PDF OR opens in a new window)

Climate Science and Solutions in the Real World

This teacher workshop for 6-8 grade emphasizes learner-centered instruction, connects to NGSS and CCSS, and includes a $400 stipend plus classroom materials . . .
Read more about the Climate Science 6-8 Teacher Workshop    (PDF OR opens in a new window)

Last Chance to Register for FIT Training this Summer

Registration is closing soon for Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT). This popular free in-depth training brings together natural resource specialists and teachers for a week in the forest . . .   
(PDF OR opens in a new window)

Funding Available for Fall Field Trip Transportation!

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has funds to support field trip transportation to the Sanctuary this Fall. Check out their new programs and act now . . .   
(PDF OR opens in a new window)

The Sanctuary Exploration Center Launches New "Get Into Your Sanctuary" Day on June 25

This public event includes activities to get you into the Sanctuary. See a live video feed of deep sea research and enjoy demonstrations of surf, kayak and other recreation . . .
(PDF OR opens in a new window)

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New Resources to Bring to Your Classroom

CLIMATE CHANGE SPEAKERS AVAILABLE: Climate change is a challenging, fast-changing subject. This group specializes on this topic, relieving busy teachers from the need to keep up with the latest science. Many speakers are current or former teachers. Presentations are tailored to your class needs.

  Learn more about Santa Cruz Climate Speakers  (PDF OR opens in a new window)

BIRD SCHOOL PROJECT: This organization aims to foster awareness, knowledge and love for local natural places through bird watching workshops. Using observational techniques, field journals, and binoculars at your school or chosen field site, Bird School Project uses natural history field methods to increase student understanding and connection to the environment.

Learn more about the Bird School Project programs  (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 5, CREEC is housed and supported by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Amity Sandage, Region 5 CREEC Coordinator, 

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

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