California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 9a Newsletter 
Fall 2015 

Back to School!   

Fall is my favorite San Diego season. We have hot days, a month of warm nights, and we still have plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors after school. Fall is the season of trying new activities in class and feeling excited by our students! This year, think about focusing on how to bring nature into the classroom (such as the seed germination pictured above) and also bringing the classroom out into nature. We have plenty of wonderful resources in San Diego and Imperial to help you get started! Check the Region 9a homepage for programs and events in our area.

- Crystal Howe, CREEC Coordinator, Region 9a
What's New in Region 9a 

Nature Workshops!

San Diego Audubon is launching a fun new series of public workshops focused on a variety of nature topics! Starting this October.

How Do We Explore?

Join NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research as you learn how to use standards-based lessons and online resources that guide classroom discovery into the innovative exploration strategies, underwater robotics, and other ocean tools used onboard the NOAA Ship Oceans Explorer.

Project Swell Resources for SD Unified Teachers!

Project SWELL (Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership) is a science curriculum that provides hands-on learning experiences using San Diego local habitats and water issues as a real-world example of human impacts on the environment.
Local Events




Every Kid in a Park!  
This year a new initiative is allowing all 4th graders across the country to receive an Every Kid in the Park pass. This pass allows the 4th grader and their family access to our National parks for the entire year! What an amazing opportunity to get kids outside. Take advantage in San Diego by visiting Cabrillo National Monument!

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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 San Diego, CREEC is supported by the San Diego County Office of Education
Crystal Howe,, (858)337-5784

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

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