California Regional Environmental Education Community
Teachers - need a little help? On this page you will find
opportunities to increase your skills in teaching Environmental
Education, as well as some key opportunities for the kids in your
classroom. Check back, as the information changes often. --- Want to
know more about what the CREEC Network can do for you?
NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program
The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) Teacher at Sea (TAS) program is to give teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience. The program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college-level teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. Then, armed with new understanding and experience, teachers bring this knowledge back to their classrooms. Applications for the this years Field Season are now closed.
Family Nature Summits is an organization that does nature and adventure programming around the country every summer. This summer the conference is in Lake Tahoe, California. We generally offer teacher scholarships to teachers in the state where our conference is held.
This program aims to provide teachers with resources and training to support ocean literacy in America's classrooms. You will find curriculum, lesson plans, and activities that will excite your students about science and technology.
The US Environmental Protection Agency's public involvement web
pages have been expanded to include new materials and links to useful
information about tools and techniques in use all over the world.
The site also includes a new Feedback section with ready-to-use
surveys. In addition, the Public Involvement Resources and
Training (PIRT) database, previously on EPA's intranet, is now publicly
available for use and also offers the option for users to suggest
additional resources, conferences and trainings.
California Earth Science Teachers Association (CalESTA) promotes earth science education, disseminates information to teachers, provides field trips and professional development, and forms partnerships with companies that recruit geoscience graduates.
The help teachers develop classroom curriculum, the California Department of Water Resources offers water education materials at no charge. Materials can be ordered by filling out the on-line order form or printing out the mail-in form provided on the website. Materials are limited so it is suggested that you review a sample copy before ordering classroom sets.
Welcome to Earthquakes For Teachers!
The USGS has a new searchable database called "Learning Links" to help you find classroom information, activities, and lessons about earthquakes!
ARKive gathers together, into a centralized digital library, films, photographs and audio recordings of the world's species, creating a record of the world's biodiversity. The Web site also has lesson plans and background information. Updated versions of web navagation software are recommended for viewing images.
The Electronic Naturalist is an online education program providing a
weekly environmental education unit. Each unit has artwork, text,
activities, additional web sites, plus online access to a professional
naturalist. Two reading levels are available for grades K-3
(Quick Read) and 4-8 (Full Read). The units cover insects, fish,
amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, plants and environmental issues.
A new Middle School Water & Energy Curriculum is available for download in PDF format.
Dedicated to public education on forest health and conservation
issues - The Forest Foundation provides free classroom materials
aligned to California's standards. In addition to activity
booklets and posters, they also can provide interactive presentations,
expert speakers, and forest-related research.
Grade Level: K-12. This resource guide is aligned with National Science Education Standards. There are 81 lesson plans, each complete with basic scientific background information, educational objectives, materials lists, instructions, evaluation and extensions for further learning. The Web site has served as a guidebook and primer providing major resources that have been widely used in classrooms across the nation by both teachers and students.
NSTA is committed to helping teachers of science at all levels to
grow, learn, and connect. This new website was specifically
designed to engage more preservice teachers of science and connect them
with incredible professional development opportunitites.
This is an educational resource of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, designed to promote bioscience literacy. It provides articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to seven bioscience challenges: environment, biodiversity, genome, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers, and bioscience education. In addition, the website provides educators with lessons and resources to enhance bioscience teaching.
Environmental Education Matrix for Fifth Grade STAR Test
This matrix of lessons from seven outstanding EE curricula that have been evaluated in various EE compendia over the past few years, and correlated to the California Standards Test Blueprints for Grades 4 and 5. The environment-based lessons will assist in increasing students' knowledge of earth, life, and physical science concepts. Project Contacts are:
Intel Corporation and Scholastic Inc. are offering several million dollars in awards and prize money to schools that "demonstrate excellence for implementing innovative programs that support positive educational outcomes." One elementary-level school and one secondary-level school winner will be chosen in each of the following ten categories: academic achievement, literary achievement, mathematics achievement, science achievement, technology excellence, technology innovation, leadership excellence, professional development, teamwork (internal) and collaboration(external). There's also a "Best of the Best" category that includes an additional $15,000 prize.
The Energy Kids Page was developed by the
Energy Information Administration, with the cooperation of the National
Energy Education Development Project. It has a new look and
content - new activities and energy sections, plus puzzles, quizzes,
games, new Energy Ant field trips and more! Check it out!
PBS TeacherLine's high quality, standards-based graduate-level courses offer teachers the professional development opportunities they need in an accessible online format that makes learning fun, flexible and collaborative. You can earn graduate credit, PDPs, or CEUs while gaining strategies and resources to bring directly to your classroom.
The EPA website links to sites for educators or educational information for adults. This page includes sites that plainly describe
environmental concepts such as ozone or acid rain. See the Office of Water Kids' Page for learning opportunities for kids of all ages. Materials on the site include informational brochures and posters.
The Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) holds conferences for classroom teachers and outdoor educators every Fall and Spring. This is an outstanding organization with a long history and a great website.
Check the website for Spring and Fall Conference dates.
SimForest (for simulated forest) is a project that enables students, grades 7-12, to plant trees of more than 30 kinds and then choose the environmental factors that affect their growth, such as rainfall, temperature, and soil conditions. The software is intended for biology and ecology classes. Teacher and professional development materials are included. Visit the website for a complete description of project and download instructions.
The National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat provides resources for students interested in creating or restoring wildlife habitat on their school grounds. For other great ideas about school and community projects, check out Kidzone.
The Sierra Club announces new standards-aligned Science Lesson Plans (K-12) inspired by and using John Muir's adventures and explorations. Learning about John Muir's life can serve as a launching pad to science-based environmental studies through plant and animal habitats, ecosystems, earthquakes, avalanches, glaciers, geology, weather, biodiversity, and forests. Teachers may obtain the new Science Lesson Plans free of charge.
Lesson plans and activities for elementary, junior high, and high school students to explore alternative energy sources. Can be downloaded in one large file (Complete Text), individual chapters, or on three compact discs.Dunn Foundation
The Dunn Foundation is dedicated to helping people relearn the value of community appearance through visual environmental education. The Foundation believes that an understanding of the visual environment and the forces that shape it will strengthen the connections young people have to places and reinforce the civic values vital to healthy communities. The Dunn Foundation actively identifies and supports K-12 educational programs enhancing young people's understanding of the visual environment. Application forms and more information are available on their website.
The National Gardening Association works with sponsoring companies and organizations to provide in-kind grants to projects that actively engage kids in the garden and improve the quality of life for their communities.
To be eligible for these awards your school or organization must plan to garden with at least 15 kids between the ages of 3 and 18. (Mantis Awards are also open to non-youth organizations.)
Please note that all grant winners are required to complete a year-end impact report (see individual grants for details).
A Field Guide to Environmental Literacy: Making Strategic Investments in Environmental Education by J. L. Elder. A real heightening of our nation's environmental literacy will require momentous educational reforms both inside schools and out. The purpose of this book is to highlight the need for, and potential benefit of, foundation seed funding to promote these reforms. A terrific resource for the library of every funder, administrator, grant writer, Board member, and teacher.
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