Region 9b: Northern

Serving Orange County

Welcome to CREEC Region 9b!

Look to this page for local Orange County 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 in Orange County and surrounding areas.

Local Funding Opportunities

Inside the Outdoors 2017-2018 Grants ( Check out the various grants available to fund your students’ Field Trip or Traveling Scientist program with Inside the Outdoors.
Discovery Cube Orange County Free Programs ( A variety of Discovery Cube school programs are offered for free. Check to see if your school qualifies.

Pacific Life Foundation (
Applications for 2018 general and capital grants will be accepted online July 15 – August 15, 2017
The Pacific Life Foundation accepts grant proposals from agencies seeking funds for programs and projects in the areas of health and human services; education; arts and culture; and civic, community, and environment.
Contributions are made primarily in areas with large concentrations of Pacific Life employees: generally, the greater Orange County, California, area. Ideally, agencies should serve a large area, usually including more than one city or community.

Upcoming Events

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Region 9b Highlights

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Environmental & Science Education Summer Camps

We are lucky in Orange County to have numerous environmental and/or science education summer camps available for children. This is a reference list of some of the programs offered: Environmental/Science Education Summer Camps 2017. Please check the websites for details about registration fees, ages, themes, and activities.

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OC Dept. of Ed. Professional Learning Opportunities

The Orange County Department of Education offers a variety of professional learning opportunities in many different subject areas. The science and STEM summer programs are viewable here: Other PL opportunities are viewable here:

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Get Outside this Summer!

Get outside with your family, friends, and pets this summer! “Let’s Go Outside,” the activities page of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, lists hundreds of activities (most of them free) offered by different organizations. View the activities web page:

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