Region 7: Central Valley

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

Photo of Jody BertolucciJody Bertolucci
Primary Contact for Region 7
Fresno County Office of Education-Scout Island
7695 N. Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA  93711
(559)265-3098 ext. 4354
jody@creec.org

Photo of Sonya ForceSonya Force
Secondary Contact for Region 7
7695 N. Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA  93711
(559)265-3098 ext. 4353
sonya@creec.org

Welcome Back to CREEC Region 7!

Look to this page for upcoming news. A searchable directory of resources and an online calendar are in development and will be coming soon.

GRANTS, FUNDING & CONTESTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD TRIPS

 

Every Kid in a Park

Transportation grants are available for field trips to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for education and recreation opportunities.
Field trip application:  www.nps.gov/seki/learn/education
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

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The Meyer’s Waterbank and Wildlife Project located on the Mendota Slough provides and educational experience that students students about water, wildlife and agriculture.  All field trips are free and biologist Jason Dean leads these trips.  Depending upon need, Meyers assist with bus transportation.  To find out more about how you can participate in this wetland field trip click here.

Third Grades Receive Free Entrance to Fresno County Farm and Nutrition Day – March 17, 2017

This event allows students to participate in activities that showcase both the agricultural industry, as well as focusing on the benefits of making healthy eating choices.  Farm and Nutrition Day provides basic and current facts about food and fiber production in Fresno County, with a focus on good nutrition and healthy eating.  More than 50 presenters conducted hands-on activities, presentations and demonstrations with students and teachers. For more information, or to register, click here and then click on the “Events” tab. Reserve your buses today!

Golden State Farm Credit Scholarship Program – Deadline April 3, 2017

Applications are being accepted for Golden State Farm Credit’s scholarship program, which benefits upcoming high school graduates pursing an education in agriculture as well as college upperclassmen that are looking to begin a career in the agriculture or food industry.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or need an application, click here. For more information, contact Shelley Macdonald at 530-527-1941 or shelley.macdonald@gsfarmcredit.com.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS and WORKSHOPS

 

Apply Now for Sierra Foothill Conservancy’s California Naturalist Class – February 24, 1017 to April 7, 2017

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This certification program is designed to develop naturalist skills as a means of promoting the stewardship of California’s natural communities. The program runs seven weeks, Friday evenings for the classroom component and Saturdays for field experiences. space is very limited. A final project is required and attendance is mandatory for certification. For more information contact the Sierra Foothill Conservancy by clicking here.

AEOE Statewide Spring Conference March 24-26, 2017

Join us for 60+ environmental education workshops, keynote address, music, entertainment, exhibitors, job fair, and networking! Registration includes the conference, 5 meals and lodging or camping. Day use rates also available.

Call for Presenters: Deadline February 3, 2017
The workshop application is now live for the AEOE Spring Conference. During the conference there will be 60+ workshops and presentations. If you would like to present, the application process is simple and you can receive a discount on the early registration rate if your proposal is accepted.
Apply to present a workshop: https://form.jotform.com/60111408041134

Please DO NOT register for the conference until you’ve been notified if your workshop is accepted (accepted lead presenters will need a registration code to receive the discount).
Questions: angie@aeoe.org

Howard Bell Award Nominations are being accepted through March 1, 2017: http://form.jotform.com/form/2762102390

The Howard Bell award was created to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions in the area of outdoor education. Any member of AEOE may submit a nomination form to the Board of Directors for this annual award. Nominees do not necessarily have to be an AEOE member.

Registration Information is coming soon.

California Farm to Schools and Garden Conference – March 27-29, 2017

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The California Farm to School and Garden Conference will be held March 27 – 29, 2017 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators. For registration click here.

Engineering for the Elementary Grades

Create a classroom of engineers. Your primary grade students can be presented with exciting challenges that offer the experience of perseverance and problem solving. Time will be spent on activities and co-planning for classroom application.

THREE DATES TO CHOOSE FROM:
To attend on April 4, 2017, register HERE
To attend on May 9, 2017, register HERE

Where: Treasures for Teachers T4T: 2720 N. Grove industrial Drive, Suite 101, Fresno
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Price: $350 includes books, materials, breakfast, lunch and one-year membership at T4T
Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the workshop date you choose
Questions: Phouvanh Chaimontree

Great North American Eclipse – Workshop – April 22, 2017 

On August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass directly in front of the Sun, a phenomenon viewable throughout the country!  While the path of the total solar eclipse passes through Oregon, observers in northern California will experience from a 75 to 90 percent partial solar eclipse at a time when many schools are in session!  In this workshop, learn how you can take advantage of this spectacular teachable moment, and engage your class and community in investigating and experiencing the eclipse.  Workshop sessions will actively engage participants in an NGSS storyline approach to understanding the how and why of both solar and lunar eclipses.  This workshop is designed for classroom teachers in Grades 5-12!

Registration is FREE – (includes one year of membership in the ASP, The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0, and a mini-kit of eclipse activity materials)

For information click here.

History, Social Science Framework Rollout Tulare County Office of Education – May 4, 2017

Join local teachers, administrators, and teacher educators for the first in a series of programs designed to introduce California’s History-Social Science Framework. These roll-out events are the result of collaboration between the California Department of Education (CDE), the State Board of Education (SBE), the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), and in partnership with the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP).These interactive and engaging one-day conferences across California offer time to collaborate with other educators, as well as state, regional, and local HSS leaders. Participants will leave with classroom-ready instructional materials, and a full-day examination of the instructional shifts, updated and expanded content, aligning HSS instruction with the ELA/ELD Framework, and inquiry-based instruction across grade levels.

For registration information click here!

Water Resources and Ecosystems of the Central Valley Flood Plain Institute – June 12 to 15, 2016

 

 

 

 

The Floodplain Ecology Institute will be 4 days and include science and environmental science content focused on Central Valley floodplain, Delta, riparian, and watershed ecology.   Also included is 6 hour Project WET Certification Course.

Location – Scout Island Outdoor Education Center

Daily Schedule – 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. except field trip on June 16.  Field trip departure 7:15 a.m. – Return 7:00 p.m.

Curriculum for the classroom or after school program – NGSS aligned lessons

$200 stipend

Optional university credit available – 2 Units – CI 280 T – Fresno State

Model My Watershed – June 14, 2017 to June 17, 2017

Three-day summer institute – June 14-17, 2017 (stipend) held in Fresno and Sanger, CA.  Online support courses during the school year (stipend).  Set of Bluetooth devices (Watershed Trackers) for collecting soil moisture, humidity, temperature and light provided to each participating teacher.  Participation in research study.  One-day follow-up at end of academic year (stipend).  Free NGSS aligned environmental science curriculum to use in your classroom.

$1,000.00 stipend for completion of all components.
Travel and housing reimbursed.
University credit available (registration fee required).
Applications are due FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  For application please email jvaldez@csufresno.edu.
For more information click here.

Biodiversity in a Time of Drought: Impacts of a Changing Water Cycle – July 6, 2017

Explore the Sierra Nevada with scientists and K-12 educators during this 4-day investigation into the water cycle and the impacts of drought on biodiversity. We will start with the three dimensions of NGSS and then take a deeper dive into two cross-cutting concepts: cause and effect and systems and system models. Educators will learn how to analyze the impacts of drought on biodiversity and how to engage in the scientific practices of field investigation and data analysis. They will leave with an NGSS-aligned unit created with their peers.

Early bird registration fee (through March 1): $399 individual, $379 each with 2 or more from your district or credential program. Price includes meals, lodging, and materials.

For more information click here.

For Environmental Education Providers and Non-Formal Educators

 

If you missed the Provider Meeting or Workshop, please contact us for the most updated information!