Region 2: Northeastern California

Serving Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 2!

Look to this page for local environmental education news, funding, and upcoming events. A Directory of local resources and programs is available under the tab “Community Resources.”

News and Happenings in CSTA’s Region 1
by Marian Murphy-Shaw


This month I was fortunate enough to hear about some new topics to share with our entire region. Some of you may access the online or newsletter options, others may attend events in person that are nearer to you. Long time CSTA member and environmental science educator Mike Roa is well known to North Bay Area teachers for his volunteer work sharing events and resources. In this month’s Region 1 updates I am happy to make a few of the options Mike offers available to our region.

First of all, if you are really close to Mike in Sonoma or neighboring counties he wants to hear from science educators are interested in volunteering at activity tables at the North Bay Science Discovery Day on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The purpose of the event is to get kids excited about science in general, and as a career more specifically, especially being science teachers who get to do science stuff all the time! The focus of the table would be hands-on activities for kids. But the people “working” at the table would look for opportunities to encourage people to think about science teaching as a STEM career path. If you contact him directly at

Second, for those in the greater Region 1 area, Mike produces a free monthly e-newsletter, The Grapevine. It includes information on events, resources, grants, training, job openings, and other information of interest to both formal and non-formal science and environmental educators in the North Bay Area and beyond. In addition to receiving information, subscribers can post information about their events, ask for ideas, materials, or other assistance, and share information that would be of interest to the over 800 Grapevine subscribers.

For information, or to receive a sample Grapevine, contact Mike Roa at You can also talk with Mike at the Project Learning Tree table at the CSTA Conference in October.

Upcoming Events

To view more events in this region and all regions click here.

Nathan Fairchild
Region Coordinator

Region 2 Highlights

Energy Conservation Competition

Challenge your school to save energy this fall and join the seventh annual Energy Conservation Competition from October 26th to November 15th! K-12 schools in PG&E territory are invited to compete to see how much electricity they can save. Every participating school will receive support from a dedicated Energy Advisor who will help student teams identify what uses energy in their schools, develop a plan for saving energy, and implement conservation campaigns. Prizes of up to $1200 will be awarded to schools who reduce their usage and develop creative, effective campaigns

Using the CA Science Frameworks to Implement the NGSS

Nov. 14-15, 2017 at CSU-Chico
Framework, Phenomena, Assessment, and more! 
For teams of classroom teachers (K-12) and administrators. The CA Science Framework is a comprehensive guidance document to help implement the CA NGSS by including grade level descriptions, snapshots, vignettes and more!
Phenomena-based instruction is a primary feature of the NGSS classroom. Learn what phenomena are, how to identify useful phenomena, and how phenomena-based instruction supports three-dimensional learning.
Classroom assessment is critical to quality teaching and learning. Participants will debrief the grade-level learning sequence in terms of opportunities for formative and summative assessments.

Outdoor Education Institute

For formal and informal educators of students ages 3-13

October 21-22, 2017 at Whiskeytown Environmental School, Redding

Join us for an informative, inspiring, fun-filled, weekend focused on educating in the great outdoors! Learn how to seamlessly integrate standards-based outdoor education into your program or lesson plans and organize educational field trips for school or community groups. Participants will complete Project Learning Tree and Project WET workshops, receive curriculum guides and other useful materials, and get further inspired with special presentations on local educational resources while staying at Whiskeytown Environmental School.