Region 9b: Northern

Serving Orange County

Thank you to Disneyland Resort for their generous donation to Orange County CREEC!

Welcome to Orange County Region 9b CREEC! Look to this page for local Orange County news, opportunities, funding, and upcoming events.

Check out the Fall 2017 OC-CREEC Newsletter for lots of news, local events, NSTA resources, and NGSS Niblets.

Check out the Winter 2017/2018 OC-CREEC Newsletter for NGSS information and environmental literacy resources.

Check out the Spring 2018 CREEC Orange County Newsletter for Earth Month events and training!


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.

New High School Program Available (fully funded)– Where’s My Water? (
Inside the Outdoors has a new high school water education program! This Traveling Scientist visit to your classroom will introduce your students to the current topic about where we get our water and the debate of the CA Water Fix. If your school is approved for the grant, this program will be provided Free of Charge.

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 Marine Mammal Center Pinniped Pollution Project (
The Pinniped Pollution Project (PPP) is a grant-funded program that focuses on ocean pollution and its effects on local marine mammals and the environment. This program is limited to 4th and 5th graders and is approximately 2 hours long. The program is free for accepted schools, but they will need to provide and pay transportation upfront for which PMMC will reimburse (up to $300) after the program.

Upcoming Events

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

Helen de la Maza

Region 9b Highlights

Environmental Literacy & NGSS flyer

Environmental Literacy & NGSS

Professional Learning Opportunity in the Inland Empire
Choose the session that is right for you! CREEC Region 10 is offering sessions in Riverside & San Bernardino counties for different grade level spans. There is also a session designed specifically for High School educators who teach Science OR History-Social Science.
All participants in the trainings will be able to order up to two free EEI Curriculum Units. If you have any questions, email CREEC Region 10 Coordinator Mary Walls at

Water Awareness Poster Contest Flyer

Water Awareness Poster Contest

Submission Deadline: April 14, 2018
Orange County students in grades K-12 are encouraged to create posters that reflect this year’s theme: Water is Life
– Open to all Orange County Students in grades K-12.
– Submissions must reflect the student’s own ability.
– Posters must be drawn horizontally on 8.5×11 or 12×18 inch paper.
– Original artwork only. Posters submitted with licensed characters or images will not be accepted (e.g. SpongeBob/Mickey Mouse). Students are allowed to use the Ricki Raindrop character in their design.

CA's Environmental Principles & Concepts

Explore CA's Environmental Principles & Concepts

California’s Environmental Principles & Concepts are woven into the 2016 History-Social Science Framework and the 2016 CA Science Framework. Check out Appendix 2 of the Science Framework which shows specific connections between NGSS and EP&Cs.