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.

Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge
The Forestry Challenge is an academic competition in technical forestry and current forestry topics for high school students. Participants spend four days in the forest learning about ecology and management of the forested landscapes that provide communities with water, recreational opportunities and natural resources. Students connect classroom math and science to real-world applications, learn about career options and build a deeper connection to the natural world. Apply now for Fall 2017.

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

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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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