Region 3: Capital Region

Serving Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 3!

Look to this page for upcoming workshops, events, field trip opportunities and resources.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities


Project WET and Project Learning Tree Training
September 30, 2017 – October 1, 2017, Browns Valley, CA. Sponsored by: The UC SIERRA FOOTHILL RESEARCH & EXTENSION CENTER   Explore Place-based and Project-centered lessons that work perfectly in and out of the classroom, in formal and non-formal. Learn about local floral and fauna and how to teach youth more about their local ecosystems. The cost is $50 which includes meals both days. Only $10 per night if you stay on-site ( available Friday and Saturday). Space is limited.
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California Science Teacher Association (CSTA) Conference 2017
 October 13-15, 2017, Sacramento,  Join more than 1,800 educators who share your passion for science at the 2017 CSTA Conference. This is a great opportunity for you to network and gather new classroom ideas. Take advantage some of the sessions that will discuss how to incorporate the new California Next Generation Science Standards and how to incorporate environmental literacy into your curriculum. Discounts for advance registration is available until September 25. Register today! 


Check out some of the CSTA Field Courses 

October 13th and 14th, 2017  Sacramento, CA While you are taking advantage of some of the sessions at the CSTA Conference sign up for one of the Field Courses to explore the local environment.

FC04: Exploring the Consumnes River by Canoe   Friday, October 13, 8:00AM – 5:00PM  Fee:$85 Interested in taking a Canoe trip?  Sign up to explore the Consumnes River by Canoe. You will learn how local elementary school students engage in habitat improvement projects that are academically rich and lead to long term environmental stewardship.

FC03: Nimbus Hatchery/Folsom Power Plant Museum  Friday, October 13, 8:00AM – 4:00PM Fee:$85 Have you ever visited the Nimbus Hatchery? The Nimbus Hatchery raises Chinook salmon and steelhead for release to the American River.

FC06 California Raptor Center, UC Davis  Saturday, October 14th, 2017 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Fee:$65 Participants will learn about the rehabilitation of the raptor including adaptation, conservation, and species identification.

FC05: Sun, Wind and Cow Farts-Renewable Energy Bus Tour  Saturday, October 14th, 2017 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Fee:$105 Participants will learn how to integrate energy into your classroom using the new NGSS. On the tour teachers will view in person the energy technologies of solar, wind, biogas and electric transportation.

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Upcoming Events

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Region 3 Highlights

Coastal Clean Up

Join others on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 for the California Coastal Clean Up Day!  Find events on rivers and creeks from Region 3 by clicking the link above and scroll down until you see the map. If you’re interested in more information on teaching about coastal issues check out the California Coastal Voice.  The Voice is a free, project-based learning tool designed to address California’s Next Generation Science, Common Core, and History-Social Science standards.

Get Ready For Nature Bowl!

Nature Bowl is an annual, science-based educational program for 3rd  – 6th graders that can increase ecological knowledge and conservation literacy.The program curriculum supports California’s Next Generation Science Standards. This program; which is in its 33rd year, is coordinated by  California Department of Fish and Wildlife and many partner organizations. For more information about how to get involved check out this year’s program schedule.

CREEC Coordinators Connect Educators to Local Ecosystem


The Sacramento Floodplain Ecology Institute, organized by Region 3 CREEC Coordinators, was featured on Ten Strands blog which features innovative environmental education initiatives. Read more about how educators are learned about the complex challenges of living on a floodplain and how to integrate that into their curriculum. The Floodplain Ecology Institute is supported by a partnership between Department of Water Resources, Water Education Foundation, Center for Land-Based Learning, Cosumnes River Preserve, and the City of West Sacramento.

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