Region 7: Central ValleyServing Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Kings, and Tulare Counties
Welcome to CREEC Region 7!
Look to this page for upcoming news. An online calendar is available to find current events in your area. A searchable directory of providers is in development and will be coming soon. In the meantime, sign up for the latest newsletter with special events, contests and funding sources specific to your CREEC Region.
Local Funding Opportunities
Every Kid in a Park Transportation grants are available for field trips to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for education and recreation opportunities. For field trip applications click here. For transportation grant application: Contact Ranger John Arebalo at SEKI_RITC@nps.gov or 559-565-4211.
Meyers Waterbank and Wildlife Project’s FREE Wetland Field Trips and Transportation Assistance The Meyers Waterbank and Wildlife Project located on the Mendota Slough provides an educational experience that teaches students about water, wildlife and agriculture. All field trips are free and biologist Jason Dean leads these trips. Depending upon need, Meyers assists with bus transportation. To find out more about how you can participate in this wetland field trip click here.
Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District is offering Clean Stormwater Grants and FREE Field Water Education School Field Trips to Scout Island on the San Joaquin River. Applications for 2018 will be November 17, 2017, for details click here.
The Foundation at FCOE is calling for applications of Exemplary Innovative Programs up to $1000. This Grant award promotes innvoation in education by recognizing outstanding innovative prgrams in schools throughout Fresno County. Programs can reflect a variety of education progjrams that provide students with new educational experiences and differentiated instruction. Deadline is September 22, 2107. For information contact Dr. Michele Cantwell-Copher here.
Cornell’s BirdSleuth Minigrants for School Gardens and Binoculars. Cornell BirdSleuth is giving away Binoculars and minigrants for School Gardens. Bionoulars will be first come first served for requests duriing the 2017-2018 school year, while minigrants for $500 to $2,000 will be accepted, from August 21, 2017 to October 8, 2017. For more information on either program click here and pull down the Grants and Giveaways menu.
This is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms and home schools, grades 4-6. 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. Prizes range from $3,500 to $1,000, with randomly awarded $500 for just applying early. For details click here. For a FREE classroom presentation contact your CREEC Coordinator by emailing her at email@example.com.
Calling all Grade 1-12 students to show off what you do to get Zero Waste. Green Apple Zero Waste invites Valley students and teachers to educate about zero waste and share successful approaches to reduce, reuse and recycle at local schools. This project allows students to develop and apply technological skills while amplifying their voice to share solutions and ideas to reduce the amount of trash created at local schools. Make an awesome video, following the contest guidelines. Submit your video at to PBS by clicking here and register by clicking here.
Local Environmental Education – Summary of Provider Programs
For a downloadable list of Region 7 Environmental Education Providers affiliated with the CREEC Network and to find local Environmental Education Programs for your classroom or for field trips, follow the links for:
Part 1 (the North Valley Environmental Education Providers)
Part 2 (Central and South Valley Environmental Education Providers ).
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Region 7 Highlights
Brand NEW Flying Wild Workshop! - November 4, 2017
California Water Challenge - Registration Early Registration November 30, 2017 and Projects Duie February 16, 2017
Apply for this great contest to win $3,500 and a camping trip with Nature Brige. You are likely to win, since very few schools apply. The 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.
The Classroom Challenge is designed for Grades 4 to 6. The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and implement a 4-8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion), focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water problem in an individual and community-based endeavor.
The individual challenge is for any individual student, grades 4-12, to produce a visual art, photograph or video for the challenge.
Prizes range from $3,500 to $1,000 and the class received a camping trip with Nature Bridge!
FOR A FREE CLASSROOM PRESENTATION and help with your project, CONTACT YOUR CREEC COORDINATOR at firstname.lastname@example.org
18th Annual Expanding Your Horizons STEM Conference for Girls (4-10 grades) - November 4, 2017, Visalia