California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 9a Newsletter 
Winter 2015 

Experience San Diego!   

We are so lucky in San Diego in the winter. With the mountains, beaches, and deserts we get to experience every aspect of winter fun outdoors. Snow, surprise beach days, and chilly mornings. Use San Diego Children and Nature (a local CREEC partner) to find your closest local nature area. While there take a look at the new videos about local nature or research best practices for taking your students outdoors!

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

Field Trip Sponsorships!

Living Coast Discovery Centery has sponsorships available for two of their field trips in the 2015-2016 school year. Take advantage of this opportunity! 

Why Do We Explore?

Birch Aquarium is proud to promote NOAA's Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, which encourages educators and students to become personally involved in the voyages and discoveries of the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer. These workshops focus on. . .

3rd Annual SD School Energy Competition!

  Join other schools throughout San Diego to reduce your schools energy costs and engage students in learning about energy conservation! Any K-12 school serviced by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) can participate!
Local Events


Nature Educators Collaborative Workshop   

In November, four of our local Environmental Educators came together to share their programs with elementary teachers in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards! Thirty 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers had the opportunity to experience PEAK student energy actions, EEI curriculum, Project Swell, SD Children and Nature, and NGSS professional development. The workshop was located at the amazing SDG&E Energy Innovation Center which itself was an educational experience. We looking forward to offering more collaborative workshops among our partners to share all of the environmental education opportunities available in San Diego! 


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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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