California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

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

Use CREEC to make this school year the best! 

Use the CREEC Network this year to fund your dream project, find professional development for connecting environmental topics and field experiences to NGSS and CCSS instruction, and get inspired ! Follow us on Facebook to get exciting breaking news and opportunities. And feel free to contact me for help finding environmental education resources!

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

Save the Date! The Santa Cruz County STEM and Environmental Science Expo is coming November 14!

This three-hour mini-conference will pack a punch--bringing together amazing resources, time with colleagues, and hands-on exploration into current science . . .
Read more about the Santa Cruz Environmental Science Expo    (PDF OR opens in a new window)

Free 3 in 1 Workshop! Get Project WET, Project Learning Tree and EEI Curriculum in this one day training

Register TODAY (or by Friday 9/12). Use environment-based resources to support your shift to NGSS. Experience samplings of activities from all three . . .   
(PDF OR opens in a new window)

Local Grant Available! Apply by October 16

Monterey Bay Clean Air will fund up to $1,500 for high schools or $5,000 for college projects addressing air quality and climate change issues . . .   
(PDF OR opens in a new window)

The Sanctuary Exploration Center Launches New Tour Program this Fall

Guided tours are a great way for a class, camp or club to experience the Sanctuary Exploration Center. Each group will explore exhibits with a trained docent . . .   
(PDF OR opens in a new window)

The Monterey Bay Math/Science Projects Fall Conference is Coming to UCSC

This conference brings together master teachers and advisors to share their methods for addressing Common Core Math and Science. . .   
(PDF OR opens in a new window)

Local Events
Coastal Cleanup Day--Statewide






New Resources

5/6 Grade Teachers--Get Free Class Sets of the newest edition of Our Water Works

OUR WATER WORKS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: A Discovery Book About Our Fresh Water Resources is a full color, 19 page activity booklet available cost FREE for all local 5th  and 6th  grade students.  Contains a beautiful and useful . . .

Learn more about how to get free sets of Our Water Works booklets  (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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