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Science and Environmental Literacy

YCOE has been a leader in the region in promoting integrated learning in Science (including STEM education initiatives) and Environmental Literacy. Our initiatives in these areas include:

Yolo County Integrated Elementary Math and Science
 Community of Practice (COP)

Educators from all 5 districts met in spring 2018 to begin work together on initiatives to promote and support instructional practices that support equity and access in math and science instruction in grades TK-6.


STEM Education

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009, from NSTA website)


Project SOLAR

Project Solar was developed through a partnership between Yolo County Office of Education and the County of Yolo. Project SOLAR offers energy education resources and programs through collaborations between education, government, business and community organizations. The goal is to provide opportunities for students to gain the knowledge, skills and awareness to pursue college and careers in sustainable energy fields as well as become active, informed consumers and citizens.


USDA Future Scientists

Yolo County schools are piloting the USDA Future Scientists program to connect teachers and students with local USDA research scientists and to inspire and support student-led research projects. 

To learn more about the USDA Future Scientists Program click here. 


California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)

 YCOE has been the host for the Region 3 CREEC Network for nearly 20 years CREEC is a program of the California Department of Education.

Environmental Education Highlights:

  • Floodplains Ecology Institute  
  • NGSS, Citizen Science & Gardens 
  • Phenomena Summit


West Sacramento School Environmental Education Program (SEEP)

The purpose of SEEP is to promote understanding of and stewardship for our natural resources among youth in West Sacramento through classroom lessons, student-led outreach and education programs and work experience opportunities. SEEP is funded by the City of West Sacramento Environmental Services Division.

2016-17 annual report

2017-18 annual report