Region 5: South Bay

Serving Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 5!

Look to this page for local environmental education news, funding, and upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Statewide Event

Forestry Institute for Teachers

The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is a FREE*, multi-day residence workshop held at 4 northern California locations. The institute is open to all California teachers; 40 hours of Academic Credit available!

Dates of Event
June 10-16, Plumas County, June 17-23, Tuolumne County, July 1-7, Shasta County, July 8 - 14, Humboldt County
Location
Multiple locations to choose from throughout CA.
Resources
For more information, visit the event website.
Statewide Event

The Forestry Challenge for High School Students

The Forestry Challenge is an academic event for high school students in technical forestry and current forestry topics. Student participants spend four days in the forest learning about the ecology and management of the forested landscapes that provide communities with water, recreational opportunities, wood products, and wildlife habitat. Youth benefit by better understanding the relationship of the forested environment to their community, by exposure to natural resource management as a potential career option, and by undertaking a rigorous critical thinking exercise which is timely and addresses current forestry topics such as wildfire, insects, and forest health.

Dates of Event and Location
Shasta - September 26 to 29 - Mountain Meadows Camp east of Redding
Santa Cruz - October 10 to 13 - Redwood Christian Park near Boulder Creek
El Dorado - October 24 to 27 - Leoni Meadows Camp south of Placerville
San Bernardino - November 7 to 10 - Green Valley Lake Christian Camp near Lake Arrowhead
Resources
For more information, visit the Forestry Challenge website.

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Coastal Ecosystems Teacher Institute for 3rd-5th Grade

Explore Monterey Bay's coastal ecosystems and get an up-close look at its amazing animals of the schoolyard, kelp forest, slough, sandy shore and deep sea. With colleagues, Aquarium educators and scientists, you'll conduct your own field investigations, learn to implement science notebooks, and experience how authentic science writing can improve your students' science literacy.

Dates of Event
July 8-13, plus 3 follow up Saturdays (Applications due March 5)
Location
Monterey, CA
Resources
For more information, please visit the event website.

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Splash Zone Teacher Institute for K-2nd Grade

Explore the habitats in our own backyard: the rocky shore, schoolyard, sandy shore and slough! With colleagues and experts, you'll focus on the patterns of survival in different habitats and examine ways to inspire conservation of the ocean during this year-long institute. Implement new teaching strategies and hands-on activities while sharing ideas about connecting science notebooks, language arts, inquiry and technology.

Dates of Event
July 23-27, plus 3 Saturday follow ups (Applications due March 5)
Location
Monterey, CA
Resources
For more information, please visit the event website.

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Project-Based Teacher Institute for 6th-8th Grade

The hands-on, collaborative nature of projects provides a learning experience that models best science-teaching practices and integrates Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. You'll return to your classroom with skills and materials to employ project-based strategies and engage students in authentic inquiry-based science as they investigate conservation issues connected to their lives and their environment.

Dates of Event
July 29-August 3, plus 3 Saturday follow ups (Applications due March 5)
Location
Monterey, CA
Resources
For more information, please visit the event website.

Green Schoolyard Institute for Principals and School Leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Green Schoolyards America Principals' Institute supports school administrators in their pivotal role as leaders of their school community and champions of a healthy and dynamic school environment. The Institute provides resources, advice, professional development and a peer network that helps principals adopt and sustain comprehensive, high quality, green schoolyard programs at their schools.

Dates of Event
Fall 2018 dates to be determined (Application due in early Spring 2018)
Location & Resources
Please visit the event website.

Local Funding Opportunities

Safe, Clean Water Mini-Grants Available for up to $5000

Grantor
Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD)
Application is open to:
Local agency or municipality, Special district, Organized community group with an established structure (must identify individual responsible for signing agreement, insurance, etc.), 501(c)(3) nonprofit, School, community college, or university (public or nonprofit) Projects must take place in Santa Clara County.
Application window:
Mini-Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until all funding is awarded.
Resources
For more information, please visit the grant website.
Amity Sandage

Amity Sandage

REGIONAL CONTACT

831-466-5711
asandage@santacruzcoe.org