Region 7: Central Valley

Serving Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Kings, and Tulare Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 7!

Look to this page for upcoming news. 

 

Local Funding Opportunities 

Every Kid in a Park Transportation grants are available for field trips to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for education and recreation opportunities. Get information and field trip applications. For transportation grant application: Contact Ranger John Arebalo at SEKI_RITC@nps.gov or 559-565-4211.

Meyers Waterbank and Wildlife Project’s FREE Wetland Field Trips and Transportation Assistance The Meyers Waterbank and Wildlife Project located on the Mendota Slough provides an educational experience that teaches students about water, wildlife and agriculture. All field trips are free and biologist Jason Dean leads these trips. Depending upon need, Meyers assists with bus transportation. Get information of how to participate in this wetland field trip.

 

Scholarship Opportunities

California Farm Bureau is now accepting 2018 scholarship applications.  The California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications.  Any undergraduate student entering or attending a four-year accredited college or university in California pursuing a career in the agriculture industry is encouraged to apply.  Each year, the Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors determine the award amounts and the number of recipients depending on the funds available. A Collegiate membership is required to apply.  Application packets must be postmarked by March 1. Get a scholarship application. For more information, contact Darlene Licciardo at dlicciardo@cfbf.com or 916-561-5500.

PG&E Better Together STEM Scholarships
PG&E is awarding a wide variety of college scholarships-including the PG&E Better Together STEM Scholarships.  Twenty scholarships of $10,000 each and 20 scholarships of $1,000 each are available to students in PG&E service areas who are pursuing a degree in an eligible STEM discipline at a four-year California college or university.  “Eligible disciplines” include Engineering (electrical, mechanical, computer, industrial, environmental), Computer Science/Information Systems, Cyber Security, and Environmental Sciences.  Students planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the 2018-2019 academic year should apply by February 5, 2018.  Get information to apply.  Note, other scholarships are described on this page!

 

Contests

CA H20 Challenge – Registration Deadline January 31, 2018

This is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms and home schools, grades 4-6. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards, Cal Water H2O Challenge offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their students’ learning of standards-based content, while developing the core understanding of environmental principles necessary to becoming science-literate citizens. Prizes range from $3,500 to $1,000, with randomly awarded $500 for just applying early. Get information of Cal Water Challenge.  For a FREE classroom presentation contact your CREEC Coordinator by emailing her at jbertolucci@fcoe.org.

Energize Schools Energy Conservation Competition 

Join K-12 schools in Pacific Gas and Electric in a 10-week challenge to save electricity!  The Spring 2018 Competition from February 12th to April 22nd.  Compete with your: Environmental Clubs & Green Teams, Leadership Clubs, Science and Engineering Classes and ANY students and faculty interested in making a difference at their school!  Prizes range from $500 to $900.  Register by February 1, 2018.

Energize Schools Earth Day Campaign Contest

Join our Earth Day Campaign Contest by creating a sustainability behavior change campaign at your school and in your community.  Compete to create positive, measurable changes in behavior in one of the four categories: Energy, Waste, Water and Transportation.  Prizes may include: Ice cream socials, Pizza parties, Solar phone charger kits, Solar car kits, Energy Auditing Toolkits, Solar Toolkits and Money to go towards Green Team initiatives.  Get more information about the Earth Day Contest.

 

Professional Learning Communities  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NGSS Elementary School Science: 3rd Weather and Climate  – Feb 20, 2018 – 8:30am – 3:00pm
Calling all elementary teachers! Are you in need of supplemental Science curriculum to fill the gaps for NGSS? Here it is! Please join us to learn the 3rd grade unit on Weather and Climate based on the bestselling book, Picture-Perfect Science. This workshop is grounded in science notebooking and science literacy skills. Participants will leave with a kit to teach the complete unit of Weather and Climate. All books and science supplies come in the kit, along with a sample student notebook. Students will be excited to learn with hands on science! Sponsored by Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Mathematics and Science.  Get the a flyer for this event.

NGSS Elementary School Science: 4th Grade Waves & Communication – Feb 21, 2018 – 8:30am – 3:00pm
Calling all elementary teachers!  Are you in need of supplemental Science curriculum to fill the gaps for NGSS? Here it is!  Please join us to learn the 4th grade unit on Waves & Communication based on the bestselling book, Picture-Perfect Science.  This workshop is grounded in science notebooking and science literacy skills.  Participants will leave with a kit to teach the complete unit of Waves & Communication.  All books and science supplies come in the kit, along with a sample student notebook.  Students will be excited to learn with hands on science!  Get the flyer for this event.

Professional learning Opportunities for TK & Preschool Teachers

Reading, listening, speaking, math and art will a part of these workshops.  Register now to attend.

Get a registration link for April 7 and June, 2018

Get a registration link for April 11, April 24 and May 17, 2018

 

NGSS Rollouts

Tulare County Office of Education – May 1-2, 2018

If you have not experienced Phases 1-4 of the Statewide Rollout, or are feeling behind with the implementation of NGSS, the Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout will provide you with the greatest hits from Phases 1-4! OVERVIEW Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout is a two-day training geared toward grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Check-in for the two-day rollout begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast. Sessions run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Day One and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Day Two.  Cost of training is $250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast, and lunch on both days. It is recommended that districts send teams of four to six, which include at least one administrator. Payment can be made by check or credit card. If paying by check, registration is NOT complete until payment has been received. All payments must be received prior to the Rollout location date you are attending. Paying by credit card secures your seat at time of registration. No purchase orders accepted. No participant cancellation refunds.  For questions or more information, please contact Amy Kennedy at akennedy@sjcoe.net or (209) 468-9027.

 

Local Environmental Education – Summary of Provider Programs

Download a list of Region 7 Environmental Education Providers affiliated with the CREEC Network and to find local Environmental Education Programs for your classroom or for field trips below.

Download North Valley Environmental Education Providers 

Download Central and South Valley Environmental Education Providers  

 

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Upcoming Events

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Jody Bertolucci
Primary Contact for Region 7
559-265-3098 ext. 4354
jbertolucci@fcoe.org
Sonya Force
Secondary Contact for Region 7
559-265-3098 ext. 4353
sforce@fcoe.org

Region 7 Highlights

Boost Equity and Inclusion Workshop and Luncheon - February 22, 2018 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Ever wonder how you might boost Equity, Inclusion and Cultural Relevance to create greater access to your programs or classrooms?

Join us for this luncheon, as formal and non formal experts (including YOU) share what has worked in their programs during this introductory colloquium.  Educators will discuss their experiences and offer key considerations for addressing diverse audiences for a range of environments.

Guest Speakers –  Sharon Miyako, Supervisory Park Ranger, Field Interpretation, Yosemite National Park  and Kevin Smith, Director of Special Education, Merced City School District

Merced County Office of Education, 632 W 13th St, Merced, CA 95341, Room J2 – FREE Parking!

For information, contact:
Dr. Lynn Reimer – lreimer@ucmerced.edu
Dr. Jeanne Knapp – jeanneknapp@gmail.com

Space is limited!  Register for this workshop.

Sponsored By –

University of California, Merced Extension
Merced’s Environmental Literacy Collective (MELC)
MCOE Educational Services
Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
California Regional Environmental Education (CREEC) Network is a Program Sponsored by the California Department of Education

 

California Water Challenge - Registration Early Registration January 31, 2018 and Projects Due February 16, 2017

Apply for this great contest to win $3,500 and a camping trip with Nature Brige. You are likely to win, since very few schools apply.  The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6. Designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water, and aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards, Cal Water H2O Challenge offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their students’ learning of standards-based content, while developing the core understanding of environmental principles necessary to becoming science-literate citizens.

The Classroom Challenge is designed for Grades 4 to 6.  The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and implement a 4-8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion), focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water problem in an individual and community-based endeavor.

The individual challenge is for any individual student, grades 4-12, to produce a visual art, photograph or video for the challenge.

Prizes range from $3,500 to $1,000 and the class received a camping trip with Nature Bridge!

FOR A FREE CLASSROOM PRESENTATION and help with your project, CONTACT YOUR CREEC COORDINATOR at jbertolucci@fcoe.org.

 

Sketchnote Workshop - February 8 and 9, 2018

Learn the power of using sketchnoting with published author and educator Mike Rohde! In this course you will learn strategies and techniques for taking notes in the science classroom using simple drawing skills. Improve your students’ comprehension, retention, and study skills.

Base Rate: $200 includes a copy of Mike’s book, continental breakfast, and lunch
Or
Special Rate: $250 includes base rate materials + “Mike’s Favorite Things” (e.g., sketch book, pens, colored pencils, etc.)

Get more information and register for the Sketchnote Workshop.