California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Central Coast Region 8 Newsletter 
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura & Kern
November 2016  

Environmental Education Mixers in November 2016   
The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network in Region 8 has several opportunities in November for YOU to get together with your fellow environmental educators. Please come to any or all of these events:

November 4 - Green School Gala at the Monday Club in SLO  6:00pm - 8:30pm
Register online here:  Green School Gala
Come meet professionals, partners, and sustainable leaders in the community. There will be food, wine, and festivities as we gather to celebrate this year's local green school achievements.
November 15 - Farm to School Mixer in San Luis Obispo at Copeland Health Education Pavilion located behind French Hospital 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Farm to School Working Group
The SLO County Farm to School Working Group Mission is to bring together a diverse  set of stakeholders to promote and support Farm to School activities, specifically, school gardens, local food procurement, and agriculture and nutrition education that is integrated into academic standards.
Please RSVP: Farm to School Mixer
November 16 - CREEC Network EE Provider Mixer for SLO County
4pm - 6pm at SLOCOE Training Room
Gathering of all environmental education providers and teachers in SLO County with the goal of sharing resources.  RSVP with Teresa at

Program includes alignment to NGSS and how the Next Generation Science Standards will fit with Environmental Literacy, including programs from local EE Providers.The new CA Science Framework and the CA History/Social Science Framework both have Environmental Principles & Concepts in the state adopted instructional materials criteria for textbook publishers  Also in the works are environmental connections to the California Health Framework.

CREEC Network EE Provider Mixers in 2017 - Save these potential dates:

Santa Barbara County - February 8, 2017
Ventura County - February 22, 2017
Kern County - March 8, 2017

- Teresa Tree Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8

Environmental  Teacher Trainings in our area 

PEAK Energy Training at VCEO on November 17

This workshop is for grades 3-5 teachers who want to implement the PEAK Student Energy Actions program, which is a series of award-winning  science lessons, aligned with California Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teach the science of energy through STEM  activities while empowering your students to become smart energy managers with PEAK's hands-on labs and action-based activities!  Participating teachers will receive all of the materials and access to the PEAK resources. 

This training is only for schools that do not currently have a PEAK program  in place and are located in the following Southern California Edison and  SoCalGas regions including these Ventura County cities: Camarillo, El Rio,  Fillmore, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Ojai, Oak Park, Oxnard, Piru, Point  Mugu, Port Hueneme, Santa Paul, Somis, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks,  Ventura and Westlake Village 

Located at Ventura County Education Office in Camarillo.  
Register by emailing Himela Rubio  

Picture Perfect Science Workshop: Using Children's Books for Guided Inquiry

Learn how to use picture books to integrate elementary science and the Common Core ELA Standards. This one-day course is an introduction to Picture-Perfect Science Lessons (PPS), based on the award-winning NSTA PressĀ® series. Participants will learn how PPS lessons will help K-5 teachers gain more science minutes in the day by integrating the English Language Arts standards with science standards. Participants will learn the components of PPS lessons, participate in model lessons and activities, reflect on their experiences and discuss how to fit PPS into their science instruction, see how PPS is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core English-Language Arts standards, and learn where to find online resources. 
Register here:  Picture Perfect 

November 14, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Teacher Created Materials
5482 Argosy
Huntington Beach CA 92649

November 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Environmental Learning Center
12000 Vista Del Mar
Los Angeles CA 90293

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) & EEI Training in Santa Maria Dec. 1 & 2, 2016

The City of Santa Maria Utilities Department and CREEC Network Region 8 invite you to attend a wonderful professional development experience engaged in the activities of Project WET and the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI). 

The interdisciplinary Project WET & EEI are effective tools for integrating student knowledge of concepts and skills that provide strong foundations for STEM and Service-Learning programs. Project WET activities are designed to supplement existing curriculum - including the use of EEI (Education & the Environment Initiative) curriculum units - and are correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.  The workshop is FREE but spaces are limited - Please register by Nov. 23, 2016 by contacting Myra Ritchie: Myra Ritchie

Local Events

CSU Channel Islands Science Carnival 5pm - 8pm
Location: Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Oxnard
More than 80 different hands-on science activities for PreK-8 grade students and families. Food available for purchase or you can bring your own.

for 4th-grade teachers of Ventura County
The half-day (4 hours) PD workshop will consist of indoor and outdoor training on the content and use of the 5 lesson plans of the MERITO Academy Curriculum by curriculum authors. The lessons instructed will focus on the Channel Islands or can be implemented at outdoor settings such as the Channel Islands National Park visitor's center, and meet 4th grade level CCSS and/or NGSS.

Channel Islands National Park Visitors' Center
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

Workshop includes: Training and copies of 5 lesson plans of the MERITO Academy curriculum that uses the Channel Islands and other natural environments in the Santa Barbara Channel region as the context for learning CCSS and NGSS with bilingual worksheets and datasheets. Lunch will be provided.

To register for the workshop or for logistical questions, please contact Billy Schrack at National Park Trust:

For specific questions about the content of the workshop and the comprehensive MERITO Academy Curriculum send questions by email to:

12/12 & 13/ 2016
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Rollout #3
Location: Ventura County Office of Education, Camarillo
The day includes information on the development and progress of the new CA NGSS student assessments as well as an overview of how Environmental Principles & Concepts are integrated into NGSS.
Save the Date! Statewide Farm to School Conference
Location: Modesto, CA
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.


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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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