Chapters - Region 4
San Diego Science Educators Association - SDSEA
Chuck Abel, President
| (619) 861-7105
Inland Area Science Teachers Association -
Resources - Region 4
San Diego Science Alliance
Your one-stop shop for science events and resources in San Diego County. Searchable databases and catalogs make this site a must for science educators in the entire tri-counties area.
California Science Projects
The California Science Project (CSP) is a university-based professional development network for pre-K-16 teachers of science that utilizes highly skilled teams of educators and scientists drawn from universities and school districts across the state. This statewide network works toward the common goal of improving science education for all California students. The CSP has convenient sites across the state at campuses of the University of California, California State University, and independent colleges/universities. There are four science projects in Region 4:
Science Project at Irvine
Inland Area Science Project —UC Riverside
Imperial Valley Science Project —San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus
SEASAND-UCSD Science Project —UC San Diego
County Offices of Education
Orange County Department of Education - Science Unit
You can subscribe to the K-12 Science listserv and receive up to date information on science professional development, including new legislation, workshops, state and national organizations, Orange County Science Olympiad and Science Fair, and teacher/administrator training at .
San Diego County Office of Education - NGSS Resource Center
John Spiegel at the San Diego County Office of Education has compiled a CA NGSS Resource Center. The information on this website has been synthesized to support the on-going professional learning of educators as they seek to deepen their understanding of NGSS, plan science instruction and assessments, and evaluate materials and lessons for alignment to the new standards. In addition, the resources collected will support districts and schools implementing the NGSS system wide.
Riverside County Office of Education - STEM
The Riverside County Office of Education’s STEM Center is dedicated to helping our county’s school administrators and teachers implement engaging STEM curriculum in the classroom.
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools - Science
Through service, leadership, professional development, and community activities, the Science staff, at the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) strives to improve academic achievement, scientific literacy, classroom instructional practices and leadership strategies for students, teachers, after school program staff, and administrators by working together in supporting and implementing the new science standards aligned with state and federal guidelines.
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools - Curriculum
and Instruction Division
Kerry Lozito, Science Coordinator, (760) 873-3262
The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific has a host of exhibits and activities designed to showcase the health and stability of marine ecosystems. They also have a Teacher Resource site that lists professional development opportunities, lectures, workshops, and lesson plans for your classroom.
The Fleet Science Center in San Diego opened in 1973, bringing hands-on exhibits and the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater to San Diego. Today, more than 400,000 visitors each year visit the Fleet to discover our 100+ hands-on exhibits for all ages and enjoy incredible IMAX films and planetarium shows in the recently renovated Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to connecting individuals to science and technology. The Fleet also offers field trip opportunities and professional development opportunities for teachers .
Santa Ana Watershed Association
A non-profit organization that provides FREE interactive field trips to students in the Santa Ana watershed area (San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties). Our standards aligned field trips focus on water and water conservation. Busing grants are also available.
San Diego County Educator's Resource Directory
Looking for a quick way to find resources for enrichment programs? Check out the San Diego County Educator's Resource Directory, a new, free publication for elementary and middle schools in San Diego County. On- and off-site programs, assemblies and in-class activities offering enrichment to your science (and other) curriculum. San Diego County educators: check with your PTA/PTO president or principal to see if your school received its free copy. Can't find it? Call ERD at 760-479-1700 for a replacement copy.
is an online community resource where San Diego scientists and science enthusiasts can: *meet local scientists, researchers, and innovators *join interest groups and discussion forums *compete for awards and prizes *find and post job opportunities *learn about the latest developments in San Diego science and technology *ask questions and provide answers *and more...all for FREE. MySDscience was started by local researchers and educators in hopes of uniting the scientific community, accelerating discovery, inspiring the next generations of scientists and innovators, and generating interest and support for the San Diego Science Festival .
Discovery Science Center
A nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math, and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92705; 714-542-2823.
Home to a fascinating array of Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils that were unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake. You’ll be moved by “Max”, the largest mastodon found in the Western United States, as well as “Xena”, a Columbian mammoth. Let your imagination run wild as you walk on tempered glass which houses “Little Stevie,” a large mastodon installed beneath the museum floor to re-create the actual dig site. The museum has been designed to provide world-class facilities for the research, curation, and presentation of the nearly 1,000,000 specimens discovered during the development of the Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California. The Center offers a number of programs for schools and the public.
Inland Empire Waterkeeper
A non-profit, grassroots organization with a mission developed around protecting and improving water quality in all the waterways of the Santa Ana River Watershed. In addition to developing projects around advocacy, enforcement, and restoration, they are very concerned with what they feel is an insufficient number of environmental education programs in the Inland Empire. To address this their education program, "River KATS: Kid Activism Together with Science", is aimed a bringing high school science classes out of the classroom and introducing students to water testing, restoration, water treatment, and water conservation.
Field Air Museum
, and the P-38 National
Museum are adjacent to the March Air Reserve Base, Riverside,
March Field Air Museum serves as home to over 70 historic aircraft and many inside displays relating to the history of March Field, now known as March Air Reserve Base. The main building was erected in 1993. Its style reflects the traditional hangars of earlier aviation days. The distinctive checkerboard roof can be readily seen from the Interstate 215 freeway. At the museum visitors can watch modern military aircraft as they land and take off daily. Inside the museum the visitor will find thousands of artifacts on display covering the years from 1918 to the present. Also displayed in the hangar are some rare and unusual aircraft, including a P-59 fighter, the first operational jet adopted by the U.S. Air Force over 50 years ago.
The Living Desert University, classes for individuals who want to learn more about the world around us, including our impact on it. Living Desert University offers unique classes taught by locally recognized experts, and offers participants Master Desert Gardener, Master Desert Naturalist, Coachella Valley Hiking and Desert Backyard Habitat certification programs.