California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Central Coast Region 8 Newsletter 
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura & Kern County
January 2017 UPDATES

Are We Still In a "Goldilocks Moment"
to Achieve Environmental Literacy?

Yes, we indeed still have the right mix of conditions to successfully bring environmental literacy to California's 6.2 million K­­-12 students, and instill a compelling model for other states and nations to follow. Yes, says the CDE and the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy. Yes, says the CA Science Framework with Environmental Principles & Concepts embedded into NGSS. Yes, says the U.S. Conference of mayors and the California PTA.

Why is this so critical? Because when students understand the connections between people and the natural world, they can better understand the consequences of human activity and work to diminish harm to our planet.

Save these dates:

February 23th & 24th  - NGSS for EE Providers Training in the Tri Counties
To be held at Ventura County Office of Education. 

March 8th - NGSS for EE Providers in Kern County
To be held at Kern County Superintendent of Schools

- Teresa Tree Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8

Conferences in March 2017

Green School Conference in Atlanta, GA March 21 - 22

"Advancing sustainable schools for all within this generation."
Every year, the Green Schools Conference & Expo connects green school champions nationwide for two days of learning and collaboration to support our shared mission of equitable, healthy and high-performing schools, where students can learn how to sustain and improve the world around them.

AEOE Conference in La Honda, CA     March 24-26

Theme: "The Next Generation" 
Join us for 60+ environmental education workshops, keynote address, music, entertainment, exhibitors, job fair, and networking! Registration includes the conference, 5 meals and lodging or camping. Day use rates also available. Camp Jones Gulch, is located in La Honda, 50 miles south of San Francisco in the coastal range near Pescadero on many acres of woodland and open meadows. 
CA Farm To School logo

Farm to School Conference in Modesto March 27-29

Theme: Connecting the Garden, Cafeteria and Classroom
The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators.

NSTA conferences offer the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand your professional growth. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to collaborate with science education leaders and your peers. Each year, NSTA hosts a national conference on science education (in the spring), three area conferences (in the fall), and a STEM Forum & Expo.

Teacher Workshops

Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is hosting a free webinar to California teachers to provide an overview of the Discovering Watersheds & Public Water Systems curriculum on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 from 3:15-4:45pm. The Teacher Training Webinar will provide an overview of the project-based curriculum, review key activities, include a Geographic Information System (GIS) walk-through, and explain the resources available for implementing the curriculum. Register for the webinar here: 


Gold Coast Science Network (GCSN) is pleased to invite you to attend, "Pathways to Parks: Get Outdoors with NGSS" presented by educator extraordinaire Kurt Holland and cosponsored by GCSN, the National Park Service, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and the California Coastal Commission. 

These environmental education workshops for K-12 teachers provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about NGSS-aligned curriculum for teaching about the Channel Islands. The flyer with more information is attached. Cost is only $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. Space is limited to 25 participants per workshop, so be sure to register as soon as possible:    
The February 4th workshop is for K-8 educators.
The March 4th workshop is for 6 - 12 educators.
Middle School educators can attend either date.

Tour de STEM convening of the Ventura County STEM (VC STEM) Action Groups. You will have the opportunity at the convening to network with other STEM leaders in Ventura County. Join for a morning of collaborative learning from the field. You will leave inspired and brimming with next steps. A Tour de STEM panel will share what is working well across the county in STEM Early Learning, STEM Expanded Learning, STEM in Elementary School and STEM in Middle School.
Join us for this workshop and learn the answers to the following questions: What species are we monitoring in California? How does climate affect their leafing, flowering, and fruiting? Which species are most sensitive to climatic conditions?  Here is a link to the flyer  

Environmental Literacy involves BOTH classroom and out of the classroom AND nature experiences. 

Here are just a few resources to get you started:


Sources for teachers and providers

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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

In Region 8, CREEC is housed and supported by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
Teresa Tree Lees,


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