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California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN)

A class hikes on the Channel Islands. Photo: Channel Islands Restoration

About CEEIN

The California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN) is a state government consortium of environmental educators representing departments, boards, and commissions of the California Department of Education (CDE), California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), The Resources Agency of California (RA), and the Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CEEIN fosters broad understanding of the State's environmental and cultural resources while affirming that education is essential to the development of understanding and respect for the environment. The CEEIN partnership provides a forum for its members to share resources, programs, and materials with California's public schools and students in kindergarten through university. The California Coastal Commission's Public Education Program hosts the CEEIN website as one of its responsibilities of the partnership. The site was previously hosted by Cal/EPA and CDE.

The primary goals of CEEIN are to develop a unified response to the environmental education needs of California's educators and local governments, and to assist with statewide educational reform movements. CEEIN accomplishments include the Curricula and Compendia Project, supporting the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) network, establishing an outreach program that includes development and distribution of the CEEIN brochure, conducting workshops designed specifically for educators, and staffing exhibit booths at environmental and education conferences and fairs.

  • Roster of CEEIN members in XLS and PDF
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Highlighted Resources

Student and teacher at Camp SEA Lab in a Coastal Commission-funded project California Regional Environmental Education Community
CREEC is a communication network supporting the environmental literacy of California's students by providing teachers with access to high quality environmental education resources. Regional Coordinators provide professional development and resources to educators as well as foster communication among schools and organizations interested in supporting environmental literacy of California's teachers and students.

California's Blueprint for Environmental Literacy
A report by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction's Environmental Literacy Task Force of recommended strategies to improve instruction for students on the environment.

California's Environmental Principles and Concepts
The EP&Cs were adopted by the State Board of Education to be incorporated into relevant subject matter frameworks. The California Science Framework includes instructional connections between the Next Generation Science Standards and the Environmental Principles and Concepts, and the Environmental Principles and Concepts will be included in any future science textbooks adopted by California.

Education and the Environment Initiative
The mission of the EEI is to develop a unified strategy to bring education about the environment into school districts using the Model Curriculum Plan and California's Environmental Principles and Concepts. The EEI Curriculum uses the environment as a context for learning in science and history-social science.


Environmental Education Resources from CEEIN Members and Partners

Boy walks trail with butterfly net. Photo: California State Parks

CEEIN MEMBERS:

California Air Resources Board

California Coastal Commission

California Conservation Corps

California Department of Education

Students collecting data at a beach cleanup

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California Department of Food and Agriculture

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire)

Learning how to dig a hole at Upper Newport Bay habitat restoration site

California Department of Parks and Recreation

California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways

California Department of Pesticide Regulation

UC California Naturalist Program participants in a Nest Watch

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

California Department of Toxic Substances Control

California Department of Water Resources

California Energy Commission

UC California Naturalist Program

California Water Boards

Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Girls taking a break from habitat restoration work at Upper Newport Bay

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, California Naturalist Program


CEEIN PARTNERS:

California Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

California Science Teachers Association

Teachers examining sand during a Coastal Commission teacher workshop

Environmental Protection Agency Region 9

North American Association for Environmental Education

Project Learning Tree California

Project WET activity representing a watershed in your hands, at a joint Coastal Commission
and Water Education Foundation teacher workshop

Project WET - California

Project WILD

Participants in a Forestry Institute for Teachers workshop

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service







Meeting Schedule

CEEIN members meet monthly (except August and December) to discuss and share information about national and statewide environmental education efforts. These monthly meetings allow participants to network with their counterparts at the other boards, departments, and commissions on a regular basis. Discussions enable the various participants to rapidly exchange information and increase the breadth of information dissemination. This communication enables members to maximize their efforts and minimize redundancy.

  • January 19, 2017 - Cal/EPA, Sacramento

  • February 16, 2017 - CA Foundation for Ag in Classroom, Sacramento

  • March 16, 2017 - Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento

  • April 20, 2017 - Natural Resources Agency, Sacramento

  • May 18, 2017 - American River Water Education Center, Folsom

  • June 15, 2017 - California Department of Education, Sacramento

  • July 20, 2017 - TBD

  • Watsonville's Ohlone Elementary students at a Coastal Commission-funded project
  • August - no meeting

  • September 21, 2017 - UC ANR, Davis

  • October 19, 2017 - Cal/EPA, Sacramento

  • November 16, 2017 - Explorit Science Center, Davis

  • December 2017 - no meeting


Handbook

CEEIN Procedural Handbook (PDF)


Archived Meeting Minutes