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. A Directory of local resources and programs is available under the tab “Community Resources.” Check out Events for a calendar of upcoming workshops, training and more in our local area.

Local Funding Opportunities, Internships and Contests

Driscoll’s Community Grants (
Grants support solutions, often through education programs, that build vibrant communities with a new level of understanding, partnerships, economic growth, and innovation between agriculture and the communities that make the work possible – from farm workers out in the field to farmers and families.

Safe Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program Grants
As part of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, the Santa Clara Valley Water District has opened the grant application to award up to $971,000 for grant and partnership opportunities and a new mini-grant pilot program. For this cycle of grant funding, the District will work with grantees to achieve the following objectives under Safe, Clean Water Program Priorities and mini-grant pilot program:

*   Reduce contaminants entering county waterways and groundwater.
*   Engage community and support watershed stewardship activities.
*   Provide access to trails and open space.
*   Enhance creek and bay ecosystems.
*   Improve fish passage and habitat.
*   Increase community awareness and understanding of watershed stewardship.

There is $200,000 available to support and continue volunteer cleanup, education, outreach and watershed stewardship activities, and another $571,000 is available for providing access to trails and open space. An additional $200,000 is available through the mini-grant pilot program for wildlife habitat restoration and improved access to trails.

Deadline for Submissions: Grant proposals are due by October 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Mini grant proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis until all funding is awarded. The District will only be accepting proposals online. All information pertaining to the grants, including eligibility, application requirements, funding availability, deadlines, and evaluation criteria can be found on Additional questions regarding grant application process and technical support for proposal submission can be directed to

Poster Contest: Could you go a day without water?
K-12 students are invited to submit posters inspired by the theme: Could you go a day without water?
Deadline for submissions is October 2. Winners at Elementary, Middle School and High School levels will receive prizes and winning posters will be displayed. Go to for more information and contest rules.

Suggested Resources

Bay Area Environmental STEM Institute (BAESI): an Environmental STEM Resource Hub for Teachers.

Green Ninja:  videos and middle school curriculum Redefining Superheroes: Story, Science, Solutions

Green Teacher Webinars: Various webinars offered throughout the year related to environmental education and sustainability topics. Register online for a webinar or to be added to the email list.

Shape of Life: free classroom videos based on an original PBS Series exploring the beautiful evolution of the animal kingdom, the way animals thrive and the innovative scientists who explore these creatures.

Discover Ag Careers: Curriculum for 6-8th grades. A toolkit for teaching about agricultural careers designed for teachers and non-formal educators.

Upcoming Events

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Amity Sandage
Region Coordinator

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Region 5 Highlights

Estuary Education Website: KaPow! Gets a Shot in the Arm!

Each year over 84,000 students and teachers gain a greater appreciation of the nation’s estuaries through National Reserves’ education programs, including our local Elkhorn Slough Reserve and Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The National Estuarine Research Reserve website is an important part of this effort, and thanks to a recent overhaul, the site is now as dynamic as the resources and educational products it represents. Give it a look!

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Field Trip Reservations Open

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History welcomes educators to book your field trip early! Programs in science and history are available for grades K-5, and for High School students in the Earth Stewards program at Pogonip in partnership with City of Santa Cruz park rangers. Register for programs at

Environmental Volunteer Opportunities in Santa Cruz County

Environteers provides one portal for easy access to the many rewarding environmental volunteer opportunities in Santa Cruz County as well as events and local environmental news and interviews.

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