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.
CA H20 Challenge – Registration Deadline November 30, 2017
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.
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
Each year, we invite organizations to apply for our mini-grants to help finance creative events that integrate the arts, gardening, community participation, and of course Celebrate Urban Birds’s citizen science project. We hope that these events, or series of activities, will inspire others to organize similar events in their communities. The activities don’t need to be complicated. It’s easy! All applicants will receive free training, materials, and resources to bring their ideas to life; including proposals that we are unable to fund. Organizations that work with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience with birds required. The mini-grants range from $100 to $750. For details or information click here.
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
|The California STEAM Symposiumprovides educators with rigorous, high-quality, collaborative, and inspiring professional learning and
resources.The conference showcases innovative approaches to teaching and learning happening throughout the state. The inclusion of Art recognizes the role creativity and design thinking plays in students’ learning. By braiding together Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, students learn to think critically and flexibly, preparing them for fulfilling, 21st-century careers. The STEAM Symposium will happen at the San Francisco Moscone Center West. For information click here.