Central Valley Science Project

A "Professional Home" for K-16 teachers of science.

Fresno and Central Valley Science

2017 Central Valley Flood Plains Summer Institute

When:        June 12-15, 2017 including one-day trip to the Delta Region on June 14.

Who:               Grade pK – 12 teachers, informal educators, after school staff, administrators, faculty, outdoor educators

Cost:               Canned food donation for needy families (optional)

Stipend:          $200.00 upon completing institute and required project.

College Credit: 2 units through Fresno State 

The goals of the institute include:

  •  To increase educators’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems;
  • Use field experiences on the rivers and Delta regions of the Central Valley to recognize their ecosystems;
  • Describe how natural systems proceed through cycles that humans depend on;
  • Differentiate between riparian, mundane, alpine and delta watershed characteristics and processes.
  • To increase capacity for environmental stewardship;
  • Illustrate integration of California Science Standards and the California Blueprint for Environmental Literacy into your science and/or environmental science practice; 
  • Use watershed curriculum such as Environmental Education Initiative (EEI) and Project WET in the classrooms, environmental programs, and informal and after school science programs;
  • Cite examples of human impact on the flood plain ecosystems.

NOTE: Must be teacher, educator, informal educator, after school educator, environmental educator, pre-service teacher, and have work location where you will use the above curriculum and resources.

To REGISTER complete application and mail to Jerry Valadez, c/o CVSP, PO Box 1307, CA 93657 - OR SCAN AND EMAIL TO EMAIL BELOW.

For more information contact Jerry Valadez jvaladez@csufresno.edu or visit our website: http://cvscienceproject.ning.com



Monday, June 13

7:30 – 8:00      Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:00 – 8:30      Welcome, Introductions

8:30 – 10:30    Project WET Session 1 (6 hours for certification ) Dr. Fred Nelson, CSU, Fresno

10:30 – 10:45  Break

10:45 – 11:45  Department of Water Resources – Josh Brown  

11:45 – 12:30  Lunch

12:30 – 2:15    Water & Wildlife – John Shelton - CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

                        How does water affect fish and wildlife? What challenges do we encounter? 

2:15 – 2:30      Break

2:30 – 3:30      Integrating California Science Standards with Environmental Literacy - Jerry Valadez

                        (includes introduction to designing lesson plans aligned to CA standards)


Tuesday, June 14

8:00 – 8:30      Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30      San Joaquin River Restoration - Dr. Steve Blumenshine, Fresno State

                        Research updates on the conditions of the San Joaquin River

9:30 - 12:00   Macro Invertebrate/riparian ecology lab - staff

                       Making CA NGSS connections with riparian ecology field studies. 

12:00 – 12:45  Lunch

12:45 – 2:45    Project WET Session 2: Dr. Fred Nelson, Fresno State

2:45 – 3:30      Ice and the Water Cycle - Jean Pennycook - Antarctica researcher

                        Projections and impact on the flood plains of California

Wednesday, June 15

8:00 – 8:30      Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:30    Project WET Session 3 - Dr. Fred Nelson, Fresno State

10:30 – 12:15  Environmental Education Initiative - Wendy Weller - EEI Ambassador

12:15 – 1:00    Lunch

1:00 – 2:00      Wetlands Water District - Gail Holman

                        Food grows where water flows

2:00 - 2:15      Break

2:15 -3:00       California Science Standards: Designing lesson plans for outdoor education and                               environmental literacy - Jerry Valadez

3:00 - 3:30      CREEC - Jody Bertolucci - CREEC Coordinator

Thursday, June 16 – Study Trip to Big Break – Oakley, CA

7:30 AM          Study trip to Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta (Oakley, CA) Delta Wetlands – history, ecology, and importance of the Delta watershed

  • Depart from Fresno State, Shaw and Maple across from Kremen School of Ed
  • Farming and Water at the Delta – Mary Hildebrand
  • Delta tour across Big Break Park - Museum exhibits, 

3:30 PM          Depart Big Break Visitor Center

6:45 PM          Arrive at Fresno State

Follow up Workshop will be scheduled in early Fall, 2016. Will discuss dates with participants. 


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