Region 5: South Bay

Serving Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties

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Amity Sandage
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
400 Encinal
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-466-5711
amity@creec.org

Welcome Back to CREEC Region 5!

This page highlights upcoming opportunities and news for Region 5. A searchable directory of resources and an online calendar are in development and will be coming soon.

Click on the links below to go directly to the named section on this page or the website.
Local Grants and Contests
Statewide Grants and Contests
Professional Development Workshops
Local Conferences and Events
Resource Highlights

Local Grants and Contests

Calendar Art Contest: Why We Love Clean Air
Submission Deadline: March 17
Monterey Bay Air Resources District is accepting 1st through 8th grade student artwork for their 2018 calendar.

Water Saving Tips Video Contest
Submission Deadline: March 27
Santa Cruz County Students can enter this water conservation video contest to make an impact on their community. Cash prizes to winners in multiple categories. Call for submission of videos in both English and Spanish.

Better Together STEM Scholarships and Classroom Grants
Application information available at pge.com/education-programs.
PG&E awards teachers grants for projects about the environment, energy and technology. Also, this year PG&E is awarding $5,000 scholarships – renewable up to 4 years – to students pursuing STEM studies in California schools. In addition, PG&E is providing hands-on experience in the energy industry by offering opportunities for paid summer internships to all winners.

PG&E Solar Suitcase Program
Apply by April 30 (High School Teachers)
The PG&E Solar Suitcase program empowers high school students to build more than 100 portable solar electric systems, known as We Share Solar Suitcases®.

Grassroots Ecology Summer Internship
Grassroots Ecology is offering a 10 week habitat restoration summer internship for college students and recent graduates to help inspire and develop future stewards through education and hands-on training. Based in Palo Alto.

Driscoll’s Community Grants
Grants support solutions, often through education programs, that build vibrant communities with a new level of understanding, partnerships, economic growth, and innovation between agriculture and the communities that make the work possible – from farm workers out in the field to farmers and families.

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Professional Development Workshops

March 18: Elkhorn Slough Reserve Teacher Professional Development Workshop (http://www.elkhornslough.org/education/teachers/)
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing
Explore the unique outdoor classroom that is the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. The Teachers on the Reserve (TOR) workshop is a one-day workshop introducing K-12 teachers to the trails, the Microscope Learning Lab and the numerous activities and educational kits available for use at the Reserve of back in the classroom.  The workshop will provide you with the background needed to lead a content and experientially rich field trip at the Reserve.

March 25: Water Education Workshop for K-12: Connecting real life to Science, History-Social Science, and Common Core ELA
Teachers
 
(https://santacruz.k12oms.org/eventdetail.php?gid=1277&id=127164)
Location: Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz
Register now! Classroom ready curricula to support NGSS, CCSS ELA, and History-Social Science. Workshop participants will receive a full training in both Project WET (Watershed Education for Teachers) and the EEI (Education and the Environment Initiative) Curriculum. Explore the three dimensions of NGSS in a 5 E instructional model and take home lessons that combine Science, History-Social Studies and English Language Arts components.

March 31: Common Core in the Garden (Grades K-6) (http://www.lifelab.org/for-educators/professional-development/gcworkshops/common-core/)
Location: Life Lab Garden Classroom at UCSC, Santa Cruz
Learn to use a school garden to provide a meaningful context in which students can apply their emerging skills in math and English language arts. Life Lab has trained tens of thousands of educators across the nation! Graduate university credit available. Financial assistance available. Santa Cruz County Public School Teachers get a reduced rate.

April 1: NGSS Science Inquiry through Project Wet – Restoration and Gardens  (http://creec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Project-Wet-4-1-17.pdf )
NGSS Science Inquiry through Project Wet, restoration projects, and garden curriculum
K – 8 Teachers will learn to: Teach science through hands on activities in the classroom, garden, or in the natural environment. Use NGSS Three-Dimensional Lesson Planning. Learn to use the NGSS Science Practices 1,2,4,5,6 and Cross-cutting concepts 2,4 with Disciplinary Core Ideas. Participate in Project Wet Activities in a NGSS Framework. Receive Resources from Project Wet and others.

April 1: Hiking Leadership Training (www.bawt.org/hiking-leadership-training)
Location: Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space, Morgan Hill
Hiking Leadership Training is designed to train teachers and youth workers how to plan, organize, and lead fun and safe hikes with youth. Novice and experienced hikers will gain new leadership and facilitation skills. Topics covered include: fun games for the trail, leave no trace, risk management, meal planning, navigation, and more.

April 27-28: The Growing Classroom Garden-Based Learning Intensive (Grades K-6)
(http://www.lifelab.org/for-educators/professional-development/gcworkshops/tgc/)
Location: Life Lab Garden Classroom at UCSC, Santa Cruz
Learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students’ social development. Graduate university credit available. Financial assistance available. Santa Cruz County Public School Teachers get a reduced rate.

April 29: Project WET–Water Quality and Advanced Purification for Teachers of 5th Grade and Up
Location: Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, Alviso
Water quality is the theme of this Project WET workshop, which will include a tour of the Purification Center. All participants will receive a free copy of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0. Spaces are limited. To register, use this Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/eKTNkqDMfAYYDu4X2

May 11: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Teacher Workshop (http://www.santacruzmuseum.org/education/)
Location: Santa Cruz
The museum welcomes educators to their first annual Teacher Workshop on May 11, 4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy wine and refreshments while exploring Museum resources, classroom kits, and a deeper dive into Ohlone culture with a mini-seminar. Bring your calendar to book your field trip early. Attendees will be entered into a raffle with a chance to win prizes, including transportation scholarships, kit rentals, and free programs.

May 13: Sowing Seeds of Wonder Early Childhood Education in the Garden (PreK-K) (http://www.lifelab.org/for-educators/professional-development/gcworkshops/ece/)
Location: Life Lab Garden Classroom at UCSC, Santa Cruz
Learn to set up a garden space that will encourage children to explore, ask questions, and connect to the natural world around them. Learn activities to engage children’s curiosity and enthusiasm while introducing them to fundamental ideas in environmental science.

June 19-20: The Growing Classroom Garden-Based Learning Intensive (Grades K-6)
(http://www.lifelab.org/for-educators/professional-development/gcworkshops/tgc/)
Location: Life Lab Garden Classroom at UCSC, Santa Cruz
Learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students’ social development. Graduate university credit available. Financial assistance available. Santa Cruz County Public School Teachers get a reduced rate.

July 27: Outdoor Classroom & Garden Program Management (Grades K-5) (http://www.lifelab.org/for-educators/professional-development/gcworkshops/management/)
Location: Life Lab Garden Classroom at UCSC, Santa Cruz
Participants in this workshop will explore tried-and-true tips for establishing and maintaining a positive, engaging culture of learning and fun in a garden setting. Together we will experience and discuss setting the tone for effective learning; garden class routines; station rotations; specific techniques to maximize student engagement and participation as well as planting schedules.

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Local Conferences and Events

March 20 to April 21: Zero Waste Week: Register Now!
Attention teachers and students! Join the national campaign to reduce waste on land and protect the health of our ocean. Register NOW for Students for Zero Waste Week 2017. Choose your Zero Waste Weeks between March 20 and April 21.

March 23: Advancing Environmental Literacy Through School Partnerships
Location: David Brower Center, Berkeley
This event will feature case studies of systemic partnerships in the region that are working together at various scales (county, district, neighborhood) to expand access to environmental learning opportunities.

April 21-22: Santa Clara County 2nd Annual STEAM Symposium
Location: Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose
Save the dates and see flyer for details.

March 24 –26: AEOE Statewide Spring Conference 2017  (https://aeoe.org/events/aeoe-statewide-spring-conference-2017)
Location: Camp Jones Gulch in La Honda
The California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education presents the 2017 Statewide Conference: “The Next Generation.” 60+ environmental education workshops, keynote address, music, entertainment, exhibitors, job fair, and networking! Online registration is now closed; walk-in reg. is available 3/24 and 3/25)

May 20: Wingding Family Fest
Location: Skyline Ridge Preserve
Join Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS) for a free day of adventure, science, birding, hiking, and discovery.

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Resource Highlights

EnvironteersNEW! Provides one portal for easy access to the many rewarding environmental volunteer opportunities in Santa Cruz County as well as events and local environmental news and interviews.

Castro Adobe Field TripsNEW! A visit to the Castro Adobe in Watsonville immerses students in our community’s story from the heyday of the vaquero to the aftermath of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

ChangeScale Environmental Education Research Bulletins – These research bulletins synthesize and summarize recently reported research from journals focused on issues pertaining to environmental educators.

SERC (Science Education Resource Center) – San Jose State’s lending library of science resources (equipment, live animals, kits, videos) is free to pre- and in-service teachers.

Teach Outside with Bay Area Wilderness Training – Get out of the classroom and into nature!

BayAreaScience.org – Bay Area Science Festival, Discovery Days and a year round calendar.

Wonderfest – Wonderful and inspiring science events.

Shape of Life – Shape of Life is a series of FREE short classroom videos that beautifully illustrate the evolution of the animal kingdom on planet earth. Based upon an original PBS Series, Shape of Life is especially designed for students and teachers who want a first-hand account of how animals adapt and thrive.

NAAEE Driving Excellence in EE – Guidelines for excellence and best practices in environmental education.

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