Region 3: Capital Region

Serving Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties

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Deb Bruns
Primary Contact for Region 3
Yolo County Office of Education
1280 Santa Anita Court, Suite 100
Woodland, CA 95776-6127

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Karen Swan
Co-Coordinator for Region 3
Center for Land-based Learning

Welcome to Region 3! Click the links or scroll down to view:
Upcoming Events for Teachers and Education Providers
Summer Professional Development Opportunities for 2017
Student Contests and Activities, including highlighted field trip offerings
Relevant Resources for Learning and Teaching: Water, Storms, Floodplains!

Events for Teachers and Education Providers

G.O. Network Gathering: Simple Ways to Incorporate NGSS in Environmental Ed ( (pdf)
March 29, 9:00-1:00 Cosumnes River Preserve, Galt Learn from NGSS Early Implementers how to easily incorporate NGSS practices in your programs, and see what’s new with your fellow informal education providers! Free. The Get Outdoors (G.O.) Network is for anyone interested in getting youth outdoors to network, share best practices and learn from experts. Each gathering features a guest presenter or activities on a relevant topic and highlights one of our region’s programs or resources. The two focal topics for 2017 are NGSS and Cultural Relevancy. Register here:

California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education 2017 Statewide Spring Conference “The Next Generation?” (
March 24 –26, Camp Jones Gulch, La Honda. Workshop strands are Management, Best Practices, Creativity, K-12, Natural History.

California Farm to School and Garden Conference: Connecting the Garden, Cafeteria and Classroom (
March 27-29, Modesto.  Networking and education for anyone involved in the farm to school movement–farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators. Hosted by CAFF (Community Alliance of Family Farmers) and CA Farm to School Network.

Green California Summit and Exposition: Greening the Golden State v 2.0 (
April 26-27, Sacramento Convention Center. Includes keynote by former teacher, environmental educator and State Senator Fran Pavely. The Summit showcases new technologies and best practices in building, energy and water conservation, clean transportation and more. Keynote and Green Solutions Expo 4/26 are free. Session fees vary, 20% discount with code OUTREACH.

Science in the River City: Next Generation Science Saturday (
May 13, 9:00-4:40. Sacramento State. Attend your choice of two NGSS workshops and two hands-on science workshops. $100 includes materials, 6 professional development hours, raffle tickets, breakfast and lunch.

Summer Professional  Development Opportunities

Save the Date! Sacramento Valley Floodplains Ecology Institute for K-12 Teachers: June 27-29,  Galt/West Sacramento/Woodland

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Conference (
July 14-15, Visalia. Currently accepting proposals for workshops, activities and exhibits for this popular annual conference for teachers and other K-12 educators. Attendee registration opens soon.

Forestry Institute for Teachers (
Choose from: June 11-17,Plumas County; June 18-24, Sonora; July 2-8, Shasta County; July 9-15, Arcata. This long-running, fun and high-quality cross-curricular training emphasizes CC and NGSS while examining current forestry issues. K-12 teachers gain the knowledge, skills and tools needed to effectively teach about forest ecology and resource management. Free, $25 registration fee.

Current Student Contests and Activities

Water Spots Video Contest (
Entry deadline: March 3, 2017. Open to middle/high school students in Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer counties and City of West Sacramento. Participants create a compelling and original 30-second video on the theme “Water Myths Busted! Most household water use occurs outdoors.” Winning teachers and students get cash prizes, are announced at a River Cats game, and videos may be featured on the Raley Field Jumbotron! Contest sponsored by Regional Water Authority.

Yolo County Farm Connection Day (
May 5, Yolo County Fairgrounds, Woodland. Yolo County Farm Bureau and Yolo County 4-H invite local school children to meet farm animals of all shapes and sizes, view creative arts and sciences projects – from sewing to engineering, see archery and dog obedience demonstrations and more! For Grades K-6. Please register at above link.

Placerville Farm Day (
May 9, El Dorado Fairgrounds, Placerville.
 El Dorado County 3rd graders are invited to join the fun. Students will participate hands-on agriculture lessons, taught in the context of local farms, ranches, forests, and watersheds by a wide variety of local ag and natural resource professionals. Learn more and register at above link.

Relevant Resources: Water, Storms, Floodplains

Wondering where all that water under the freeways between Sacramento and Yolo Counties came from? Curious about runoff into your local rivers and streams? Want to understand the size and scope of the Oroville Dam spillway damage? Now’s a great time to gain more understanding of our region’s floodplains and flows, and to make environmental science and engineering real for students. Below are some links to help!

2/7/17 Capital Public Radio piece on the Yolo bypass and floodplain habitat benefits. Includes pics and video of real scientists at work!

 Use “Hourly Weather Forecast” on to motivate students to practice graph reading, as they can look up how much rain to expect before recess. This is also a great resource for providers and teachers deciding whether to reschedule an upcoming outdoor field trip. Enter your location in the box at the top left, then when the forecast page loads click on “hourly weather forecast.”

For more advanced graph reading, and to delve into river flows, is an easy place to find local river flow rates and hydrographs:

For an extensive collection of photos, video and discussion of the Oroville Dam spillway damage, check out this webpage:

Follow CA Dep’t of Water Resources on Twitter @CA_DWR for updates and photos of storm events throughout the season.