Region 7: Central Valley

Serving 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 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.



CA H20 Challenge

This is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, 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.

PG&E is challenging your K-12 school to compete in their three-week competition, to see how much electricity your school can save!  Every participating school will receive support from a dedicated Energy Advisor who will help student teams identify what uses energy in their schools, develop a plan for saving energy, and implement conservation campaigns. Prizes of up to $1200 will be awarded to schools who reduce their usage and develop creative, effective campaigns. Learn more about the Competition here, and register here.

Green Apple Zero Waste Video Competition –  Oct. 19, 2017  

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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Jody Bertolucci
Primary Contact for Region 7
559-265-3098 ext. 4354
Sonya Force
Secondary Contact for Region 7
559-265-3098 ext. 4353

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Region 7 Highlights

Project WET - September 22, 2017 in Merced

Join the Directors of the UC Merced Education Program and the Merced Environmental Literacy Collective, as they present Project WET. Project WET is an international, award winning Water Education Curriculum produced by the Water Education Foundation. Merced County Office of Education will host this event. Upon completion, educators will receive a WET Certificate and the full WET Curriculum Guide. For registration and information click here. For more details contact Rosanna Ayers.


Delta Studies Institute 2017- 2018 (704/6800) September 16, 2017, November 15, 2017 and May 8, 2018

Delta Studies Institute begins on Saturday, September 16, 2017 with a full day bus tour of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta including the Tracy Pumping Plant, the Skinner Fish Screens, Big Break Regional Park and Nature Center and the Cross Channel Facility.   Lunch will be provided.

On November 15, 2017, we meet again to learn about the Delta Studies curriculum focused on the Delta region as well as the EEI (Education and the Environment) curriculum, Project Learning Tree and Population Connection activities.
May 8, 2018 will be our final meeting when we will share classroom projects.  Dinner will be provided both evenings.

Earn a $200 stipend upon completion.
One unit of college credit is available for an additional fee.

For more information click here.

For questions, contact Conni Bock,

Salmonids in the Classroom - October 12, 2017 in Visalia, Ocotber 16, 2017 in Fresno and October 24, 2017 in Los Banos

Join the California Fish and Wildlife staff for a FREE evening training in Fresno, Visalia or Los Banos, your choice.  The Salmonids in the Classroom Teacher Workshops give teachers the tools they need to hatch Salmon or Trout in their classrooms and then release the young fish into the WILD.  For more information on the Fresno and Visalia Workshops view this PDF of the flyer.  For information on the Northern Workshops of Los Banos, Modesto and Turlock view the PDF of the flyer.

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