California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 11 Newsletter 
February 2016


The Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair (LAEEF) is a celebration of environmental science resources and service learning. Students from schools around Los Angeles County share their success with local service learning projects. Environmental Education resource providers provide hands-on experiences for attendees and showcase the resources they provide.

Join your La based EE community and come out to the LAEEF!
For more information about the event, click here.

- Candice Dickens-Russell, CREEC Coordinator, Region 11
What's New in Region 11

The 2016 conference will bring together educators (Kindergarten through higher education), community activists and students interested in sharing curricula that integrate or investigate the intersections of environmental education and social justice. The day will include interactive workshops and demonstrations.

Compton Creek Community Campfire. February 19, 2016

Spend an evening around the campfire with neighbors, friends, and family. It will be an entertaining night with campfire songs, marshmallow roasting, and a nature program! 1.5 hours.
Read more about the event here .

Forest Institute for Teachers. February 20-21, 2016

This professional development experience will focus on forest and water research involving rainfall data, water use by plants, fire ecology, long-term bird surveys and GIS mapping, while gaining a greater understanding of issues surrounding the wildland-urban interface and the Project WET & Project Learning Tree activities that will help bring the knowledge back into the classroom!
Schedule Your School Assembly. 
Now with Carbon Offsets!
Your school, by scheduling this assembly for your students, will help fight Climate Change! A-Team For Wildlife will purchase 2 tons worth of carbon offsets on behalf of every school that books our "Saving Endangered Species" school assembly presentation. A framed certificate will be provided each school stating their contribution to a reduced-carbon footprint for their school. This is one more way we can act as partners to help fight Climate Change and Species Extinction. The "carbon dollars" will be donated to a separate non-profit, scientists-lead, forest-restoration organization that favors carbon dioxide-absorbing forest projects associated with "biodiversity hotspots" so as to simultaneously support both forests and endangered species. The best carbon offset organization that offers this service - and our choice - is Saving Species, headed by world-renowned, Dr. Stuart Pimm. Henceforth, A-Team For Wildlife will lead the way while motivating schools to start their own carbon offset programs for reduced climate change and species extinction towards a more carbon footprint-free future. 


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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 Los Angeles, CREEC is housed and supported by TreePeople.
Candice Dickens-Russell, 818.623.4876

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

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