Events and Resources
Last updated: December 23, 2011
Free Units: A Child's
Place in the Environment (ACPE)
Sonoma County Office of Education has obtained free
ACPE units for Sonoma County teachers. The units (in
binders) consist of 19-20 lessons and include student
pages in Spanish. They are interdisciplinary and thematic
environmental education curriculum guides that help
elementary teachers encourage students to become environmentally
literate and to participate in projects that enhance
their environment. Units will be given out on a first-come,
first-served basis. Contact Mike Roa at email@example.com.
Donors Choose Grants for Alameda
and Contra Costa Counties
Chevron has given us a grant to match funding to your
next classroom project request(s) for math and/or science
materials. This match donation to your project will
encourage citizens to fund the rest. Teachers at high-need
public schools anywhere in Alameda or Contra Costa county,
where 40% or more of the student population is eligible
for free or reduced price lunches. Special consideration
is given to teachers in Walnut Creek, San Ramon, West
Contra Costa, or Mount Diablo, regardless of the school’s
level of need. Log in to your teacher account on DonorsChoose.org
(if you don't have one, any public school teacher can
sign up at www.donorschoose.org/teacher),
then submit a project requesting $800 or less in materials
to teach math or science. A few hours after your project
is approved, you should see a Chevron logo on your project
page. This means it has qualified for this match offer
and now has an even greater chance of full funding by
the other donors that visit the site.
Ocean Currents Radio Program
The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary radio program,
Ocean Currents, has moved to a new day and time. Ocean
Currents is produced on KWMR 90.5 FM in Point Reyes,
89.7 FM in Bolinas, and live on the web at www.kwmr.org.
For information on upcoming programs visit the Ocean
Currents web site.
Point Reyes Bird Observatory
(PRBO) Conservation Science: SEA Alcatraz
PRBO Conservation Science offers SEA Alcatraz, a multi-visit
classroom and field trip seabird education program focusing
on the seabirds of Alcatraz Island for 4th and 5th grade
San Francisco classes. The program addresses several
Science Content Standards for California Public Schools.
For more information visit: http://www.prbo.org/cms/531.
California Coastal Commission
Prompted by the San Francisco Bay oil spill in November
2007, the California Coastal Commission created a web
page about oil spills for teachers and students. On
this web site you will find information about the Bay
spill and oil spills in general, including environmental
impacts, laws and regulations, glossary of terms, and
links to classroom activities. www.coastforyou.org.
San Francisco Chronicle in Education
The San Francisco Chronicle in Education (CIE) encourages
students to value newspapers as a trusted source for
news and information, including the most up-to-date
science and technology news. The new e–Edition combines
the power of the press and the Internet. It’s an electronic
replica version of the newspaper that is searchable,
has a “watchlist” function, as well as a 30-day archive.
It can be viewed on any computer with Internet access.
And best of all, it’s available to teachers, librarians,
and students at no cost, due to the generous sponsorship
of our subscribers and Corporate Partners in Education.
Learn how you can engage your students like never before.
Check it out at http://cie.sfchron.com/sfc_nes_portal/.
Bay Area Earth Science Institute
Based out of San Jose State University Geology Department,
BAESI offers multiple weekend hands-on workshops focused
on geoscience education for teachers. Upcoming workshops
for this fall include a coastal geology field trip from
Half Moon Bay to Pacifica, a global climate change workshop,
plate tectonics, and integrated ocean drilling project.
For more information and to register for their workshops,
RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching)
RAFT is a non-profit organization that believes hands-on
teaching is the best way for teachers to teach and students
to learn. They provide creative hands-on activities,
educational resources, workshops, and inexpensive materials
(many donated by local businesses) to enrich pre K-12
education. The goal is to assist teachers, non-profits,
and community groups by providing materials and ideas
for day-to-day teaching and for supporting professional
The Tech Museum
A hands-on technology and science museum In San Jose
for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Museum offers
a range of activities for K-12 school groups, including
View From Space, a global weather exhibit where visitors
can watch hurricane patterns and other meteorological
events develop on a 6-foot globe; and Green by Design,
an exhibit in the new Energy Gallery, where visitors
design and race hybrid cars, play with solar power and
experiment with renewable energy. IMAX films and Labs
are also available at special group rates. Teacher memberships
are available to all K-12 teachers and other district
and county office employees. Receive free year-round
admission, $2 IMAX tickets, members-only events and
discounts, and more. Go to the membership desk at the
Tech to take advantage of membership. For more information
about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit http://www.thetech.org.
Chabot Space and Science Center
The Chabot Space and Science Center offers teachers
the opportunity to network with other Bay area teachers
through their FEAST (Fun Exchanges and Activities for
Science Teachers) and NEST (Network of Elementary Science
Teachers) networks. You are always welcome to join to
find out about this growing group of supportive teachers.
There is usually no charge for FEAST and NEST sessions
unless otherwise states. Visit Chabot's Teacher programs
page at http://chabotspace.org/visit/programs/teacher.asp
to find the links to FEAST and NEST.
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Located in Moss Beach, San Mateo County (about one
hour south of San Francisco), this spectacular stretch
of coastline includes a shallow marine shelf that is
exposed during low tides. Many interesting marine animals
and plants are visible in the pools for watching, photographing,
and drawing. Come study and enjoy this rich and complex
For more information, call 415-363-4020 or visit www.sfgate.com/getoutside/1996/jun/fitz.html.
Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
at UC Berkeley offers a wide range of homeschool and
afterschool programs for individuals in astronomy, biology,
physics, math, and chemistry. Also available are weekend
workshops and family workshops. http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org.
For more information go to www.exploratorium.edu.
Aquatic Outreach Institute,
To register or for more information, call 510-231-5778.
Coyote Point Museum
for Environmental Education, San Mateo
For more information, call 650-342-7755 or go to www.coyoteptmuseum.org.
Oakland Museum of California
Walk Across California. Take a simulated journey through
California's diverse ecosystems, observing plants and
animals found from the Pacific coastline to the High
Sierra and the inland desert. Exhibits contain approximately
2,500 natural specimens organized around the basic ecological
principles highlighting relationships among plants,
animals, geology and climate. The Aquatic California
Gallery presents an overview of our aquatic environments,
including the oceans, rivers, streams and estuaries.
Permanent exhibition. For more information, call 888-OAKMUSE
or visit www.museumca.org.
California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences offers exciting and
new professional development opportunities for teachers
during the school year. For the 2011-2012 school year,
a brand-new, three-part workshop series will deeply
explore science topics, providing teachers with content
knowledge, hands-on activities, and opportunities to
collaborate with peers. In addition, citizen science
workshops give you tools to involve your students in
real-world data collection. Classroom Kit trainings
are also available. A complete calendar is available
and free lessons are available at www.calacademy.org/teachers/resources.
Teachers can also apply for field trips at www.calacademy.org/teachers/fieldtrips.
Clem Miller Environmental Education
The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center School
Program at Point Reyes National Seashore is a nine-building
green facility that provides a low-cost opportunity
for you and your students to step outside the traditional
classroom and have fun exploring nature's classroom.
The center provides teachers with the training, support,
and teaching resources needed to create their own environmental
education program. For general information about the
program, visit the website at http://www.ptreyes.org.
Gulf of the Farallones National
Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center
The Sanctuary Visitor Center provides unique and engaging
programs that allow students to see their connection
to ocean habitats and wildlife. A visit to the Gulf
of the Farallones Sanctuary Visitor Center at the Presidio
will open up an exciting learning opportunity for your
students. Programs are two hours long, interactive,
grade specific and correlate to state standards.
Students use hands-on exhibits inside the visitor center
to discover how senses, life cycles, adaptations, and
food webs function in the marine environment. Outside
on the beach, students use observational skills to discover
what makes this such a fragile world and actions they
can take to help protect the ocean.
Project Astro is recruiting teachers in grades 3-9,
particularly those in the benchmark years for astronomy
science content standards in grades 3,5, and 8, for
the 2010-11 cohort of partners. Public elementary, middle,
and high school teachers, charter school teachers, and
after-school programs associated with either are invited
to apply. Contact Brian Kruse, lead formal educator,
Astronomical Society of the Pacific, at 415-337-1100
ext 126, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Area Science Project—Lawrence Hall of Science,
of California San Francisco Science Project
Bay Science Project—CSU East Bay
Bay Science Project—UC Santa Cruz