NorCal Environmental Literacy Synthesis

An environmental literacy project supporting the whole child by blending nature, science, subject integration, and social-emotional learning. Presented virtually.
Funding for this work is being provided by an Environmental Education Grant from the California Department of Education through the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network Program. To learn more about the CREEC Network Program, visit

"What I really liked about this program is how it motivated me to do more outdoors and to make learning in science more concrete - and actually do it. It was the spark. I appreciated the expertise of your team and the gentle approach they took with teaching it to us. " - Annette Moell, classroom teacher

You can find a link to the application at the bottom of this page.

Rationale & Goals

  • Increase understanding of environmental literacy

  • Increase use of environmental literacy as part of science education

  • Improve Social Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) through science and nature

  • Increase integration of subject matter, such as ELA with science

  • Improve science-driven equity and career connections


Applications for 2022-23
open now!

We seek educators who wish to actively share their knowledge with other educators. We seek classroom teachers, informal educators from expanded learning programs and environmental education providers from museums, nature centers, parks, etc. You can find a link to the application at the bottom of this page.


Building on our previous work with the Exploratorium and our Phenomenal Science project, we bring engagement and value to our virtual workshops. Participants consistently scored our workshops at least 4.5/5 on engagement. All workshops will be virtual so we can reach all 31 counties.

Timeline for 2022-23

In 2022-23, participants will be expected to share their knowledge several times through short presentations. This will recur in the next year as well.

  • June 22th & 23rd, 2022: Two-day institute. Topics: Environmental Literacy, Using Phenomena, Subject Integration, SEAL through Nature and Science, and Equity.

  • Two 1-day Virtual Learning Days (9:00-3:30): 10/6/22 & 1/24/23. Topics: Deeper dives into the summer topics plus planning for the participant’s professional learning presentations.

  • Sharing Sessions (90 minutes). Each session has a daytime (9:30-11:00) and after school (3:30-5:00) option. These are informal gatherings for sharing and reviewing. 11/2 (am or pm); 12/7 (am or pm); 2/1 (am or pm); 3/1 (am or pm)

  • Year 2: Do three presentations by April 15th

Stipends & Subs

  • Each classroom teacher and expanded learning leader will receive $400 over two years if all activities are completed. Activities include attending all workshops, utilizing grant skills and knowledge, and conducting brief presentations several times to teachers and schools over the 2-year period.

  • Stipends can only be provided to educators who are work at districts or county offices. Expanded learning staff who work for the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc. can receive a stipend if they work at a school site.

  • Substitutes for classroom teachers (only) will be funded for the two Virtual Learning Days.

Regions 1, 2, 3, & 4

Designed for rural, suburban, and urban environments, we serve the following counties:

Alameda, Alpine, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba.

Applications are Closed for 2022-23

Questions? Contact Nate Fairchild 530-225-0214

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