Region 9a: Southern

Serving Imperial and San Diego Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 9a!

Please click here to access the regional STEM Ecosystem Environmental Education Shared Events Calendar.

Please click here to access the regional provider directory maintained by San Diego Children and Nature.

NGSS aligned Local Nature Lessons

Our Environmental Educators have teamed up to create pre and post lessons that support NGSS in the classroom and a strong field trip or in class experience for students. Click on the grade level you are interested in to access the lesson: 6th Grade “Climate Change in San Diego” 4th Grade “San Diego’s Watershed” 3rd Grade “San Diego Plant Adaptations”

Upcoming Events

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Crystal Howe
Region Coordinator

Region 9a Highlights

Exploring Ocean STEM Careers

April 26, 2017, 6-8:30pm Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography invites students in grades 6-12 to join us for a fun evening of Exploring Ocean STEM Careers! Students can explore scientist tables around the aquarium as they learn about tools of the trade, hear inspiring career path stories, and ask questions. Over 20 scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and UC San Diego will be available to talk with students and their parents. Representatives from Birch Aquarium and the UC San Diego and SIO Admissions offices will also be available. Students can learn about opportunities for high school students at Birch Aquarium and SIO, as well as attend a group question and answer session. For additional information and to register, please visit our website:

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)

May 18-19, 2017 – 8:30-4:30 each day  What is so special about this training? See and experience science being done at Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (Tijuana Estuary) and learn how you can use it to enhance your teaching. You will interact with Reserve researchers, visit wetland restoration sites, and see the long-term monitoring that is used to manage these projects (living experiments). Find out how to integrate your training experiences with the online nationwide Reserve data and our monitoring-based field trip lessons. Where: Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA 91932 Cost: FREE, but bring your own lunch Reserve your spot:

Saturday Science Club for Girls

June 10, 2017: Geocaching Learn new navigation skills by using hand-held GPS units and locate a geocache in Balboa Park! Girls 5-8 can join us on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. For more information and to register, visit