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, opportunities, funding, and upcoming events. A directory of local resources is available under the tab “Community Resources.” Check out the Events for a calendar of upcoming workshops, training, and more.

Funding Opportunities

Growing Future Organic Producers and Professionals
Grants for K-12 Teachers, High School and College students from the CA Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). The United States is facing an epidemic shortage of farmers. Among the challenges to meet the rising demand for organic products that are healthy for both people and the planet is the need for new organic farmers and entrepreneurs. The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund supports the next generation of organic producers through small grants that support organic education from kindergarten through the end of college.

California Sea Grant
The California Sea Grant College Program is now soliciting preliminary proposals for projects to begin on/after February 1, 2018. Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply. California Sea Grant continues to focus on the following integrated themes (or Strategic Focus Areas):

Coastal Art & Poetry Contest Winners Announced
We’re excited to announce the results of the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for K-12 students!

Upcoming Events

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Teresa Lees
Region Coordinator

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Region 8 Highlights

Living Schoolyard Month 2017

List of local events to celebration Living Schoolyards Month: LivingSchoolyardMonth2017CalendarofSchoolGardenEvents

Thanks to the California State Legislature’s Living Schoolyard Month Resolution (ACR-128), it is also Living Schoolyard Month in California!

Green Schoolyards America believes school grounds are very important to children and youth, and shape their experience of the world around them. If you agree with us, we hope you will take some time in May to go outside on school grounds with students of any age, to engage in outdoor learning, play and other activities.


Green Schoolyards America’s Living Schoolyard Activity Guide – United States Edition now includes 111 ideas for year-round school ground activities, written by 100 organizations from across the United States.

Summer Camp at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School

S.O.A.K. Camp provides your child with fun-filled days and adventure in the outdoors. SOAK Camp runs from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • Session #1 – June 12 -16
  • Session #2 – June 19 – 23
  • Session #3 – June 26 – 30

Earth Camp  is a 6 day – 5 night residential summer camp for children entering 5th to 8th grades or 10-14 years of age.  Campers will make new friends, will learn skills that promote independence and social growth, and will create lasting memories in a week filled with fun adventures in the outdoors.

  • Session #1 – July 9-14, 2017
  • Session #2 – July 16-21, 2017
  • Session #3 – July 23-28, 2017

STEMposium '17

Calling all K-8 STEM Teachers for a free California State University Sponsored 4 1/2-day Summer STEM Institute
June 26 – June 30; 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: University Preparation Charter School; 550 Temple Ave, Camarillo, CA 93010
CSU’s STEMposium is a FREE week-long summer institute for K-8 teachers followed by two Saturday workshops during the subsequent school year. The goal of the program is to support teachers in successfully implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and in integrating science and engineering instruction with math, language arts, and technology. Participants work collaboratively with grade-level peers to practice NGSS pedagogy and to develop engaging, hands-on STEM lessons that they can then take back to their schools and use in their classrooms.
Download the STEMposium ’17 Flyer

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