Using Environmental Literacy to Spark Student-Led Action: A Q&A with Crystal Starr Howe

In part three of our series highlighting the California Regional Environment Education Community (CREEC) Network Program, we interviewed Crystal Starr Howe, head of CREEC’s Southern Megaregion. Crystal Starr Howe is the Environmental Literacy Coordinator for the San Diego Office of Education, where she supports educators in integrating environmental education to inspire student-led climate action. Crystal … READ MORE

Building Climate-Resilient Youth Leaders Through Environmental Education Networks: Q&A with Tamara Basepayne

In Part Two of our series highlighting the California Regional Environment Education Community (CREEC) Network Program, we’ll focus on the CREEC Central hub. Tamara Basepayne is currently helping to lead the CREEC Central Hub. She is the Director of STEM and Outdoor Education for the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) and has 14 … READ MORE

Teaching Environmental Science with Social Justice at the Center

Science gives us critical clues to understanding the complex web of the natural world, how it works, and how we can embrace our role in it. That’s why Dr. Suzanne Pierre, a member of CAELI’s leadership council and environmental science educator at San Francisco’s Exploratorium Teacher Institute, believes curiosity and connection are the basis for understanding and action, especially on climate issues. In this Q&A, Sue shares her background as a microbial ecology researcher and woman of color, and how that informs her work to support teachers as they incorporate hands-on, inquiry-rich experiences into their classrooms.

Educators Using Biomimicry to Teach Nature-Based Problem Solving

Educators are drawing from the emerging field of biomimicry to engage young people in the STEAM fields through real-life connections. This short film features a December 2019 professional development training for educators—hosted by CAELI members Inside the Outdoors and Ten Strands, in partnership with the Biomimicry Institute and Bioneers—and how biomimicry serves as a powerful component of environmental literacy.