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.

New Tool! Santa Cruz County Guide to NGSS and EE Programs

Santa Cruz County Quick Reference Guide to NGSS and Environmental Education Programs
This spreadsheet is a tool for educators, school administrators and organizations concerned with environmental literacy.
In it you will find:

  • Program information organized by grade level
  • EE Program descriptions with specific NGSS Connections
  • Links to Program Provider websites
  • Links to General NGSS Resources

If you have questions or find something that needs to be edited, please contact Amity Sandage, Region 5 CREEC Coordinator, at amity@creec.org. This tool was developed by the CREEC Region 5 and Santa Cruz County Office of Education with generous support from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

Local Funding Opportunities, Internships and Contests

Get STEM and Career Technical Education Resources on Energy Topics
In partnership with NEED, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is delighted to offer valuable resources for STEM and Career Technical Education classrooms across Northern and Central California. Monthly offerings for teachers of grades 9-12 include energy expert guest speakers, curriculum tools, hands-on teaching kits and opportunities for paid student internships, scholarships and mentoring. Energy topics crosscut through a variety of disciplines including science, math, engineering and technology, and they align with NGSS and Common Core standards. Join one or all the calls and workshops. Register for the series here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hyzzrodab&oeidk=a07eejkrjesab69f5ca

California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Grants
Proposals due on December 20, 2017
​The California B-WET program is a competitive grant program that supports new and existing, high quality environmental education programs. Successful projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences for students and related professional development for teachers. The grant program also fosters the growth of innovative programs and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire the San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds. Grants range from $30,000 to $60,000.

Priorities for the CA B-WET Program include:
1) Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience for Students
2) Teacher Professional Development for ​Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences
3) Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences ​for Students or Professional Development for Teachers focused on Climate Change Education​​

Eligible applicants include:
K-12 public and independent schools and school systems​,​ institutions of higher education; ​community-based and non-profit organizations and state or local government agencies, interstate agencies and Indian Tribal governments​.
Visit the Website for the Full Funding Announcement https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/bwet/welcome.html

CalWater H2O Challenge
Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6. Designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water, and aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards, Cal Water H2O Challenge offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their students’ learning of standards-based content, while developing the core understanding of environmental principles necessary to becoming science-literate citizens. Find out if your class is eligible. Win great prizes, learn new skills and make a difference in the world!

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


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

Amity Sandage
Region Coordinator
831-466-5711
amity@creec.org

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Region 5 Highlights

Join the CalWater H2O Challenge!

Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6. Designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water, and aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards, Cal Water H2O Challenge offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their students’ learning of standards-based content, while developing the core understanding of environmental principles necessary to becoming science-literate citizens.

School Field Trips Available in Santa Clara County Parks

C0nnect your class with nature and history through a variety of curriculum-based field trip programs. Go to PARKHERE.ORG and click on Education/Education Programs Tabs.

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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