Region 8: Central Coast

Serving Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 8!

Look to this page for local Region 8 news updates, opportunities, funding, and upcoming events.

A directory of local resources is available here: CREEC Community Resources list Region 8 2017

Check out the Events for a calendar of upcoming workshops, training, and more here:  November 2017 Newsletter for Region 8

Regional Resources

Cal Water H2O Challenge – Everybody wins!

The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6 teaching kids about caring for water. This competition is open to schools only in the Cal Water district – mainly schools in Bakersfield.  Prizes range from $3500 to $1000 and everyone wins something. Deadline for project portfolios is February 28, 2018.

Contact Teresa Lees, for a free classroom presentation to get your class inspired.  More information can be found at

Water Resources for Teachers from DWR

California Department of Water Resources

The California Department of Water Resources offers a multitude of free high-quality water education products. At a glance on the first page you will find over 20 different materials. Fill out your name and address and the quantity you want sent to you. Highlights include: Discovering Drought (16 colorful pages of activities, grades 4-8), Water Conservation Pledge (and stickers) for grades K-4, All About Water (teachers guide, AIMS-style), even flannel-board stories for the retro-lover!


Upcoming Events

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

Teresa Lees
Region Coordinator

Region 8 Highlights

Growing Edible Education Symposium rescheduled to March 2018

Region 8 Growing Edible Education Symposium is rescheduled for March 2018 – Look for updated information in the near future!

San Luis Obispo – The Third Annual Growing Edible Education, (GEE), Symposium is rescheduled for March 2018 and renamed the South Central Coast Farm to School Summit. Visit the website This important event brings together schools and organizations that support the farm to school, and school garden efforts in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. The GEE Symposium unites diverse stakeholders such as schools, outside agencies, and farm businesses to promote and support Farm to School activities. There will be a discount for teams of three from any school or organization.

NGSS Rollout #4 in Ventura November 29 & 30

NGSS Rollout #4 at Ventura County Office of Education 

Brought to you by the California Department of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association/County Office of Education, K12 Alliance @ WestEd, California Science Project, and the California Science Teachers Association.
As you prepare to register, please view or download the Framework Rollout flyer HERE for further detail of session offerings and statewide locations.


PG&E Better Together STEM High Schools

“PG&E Better Together STEM High Schools”
PG&E invites teachers and school administrators with an interest in STEM to access free resources designed to enhance the classroom learning experience, keep teachers at the cutting-edge of the energy industry and prepare students for a brighter future.
These monthly webinars will 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 effortlessly with NGSS and Common Core standards.

Register once to receive monthly topic descriptions and log-in details at