Region 4: Bay Area

Serving Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 4!

Look to this page for local environmental education news, funding, and upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Statewide Event

Forestry Institute for Teachers

The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is a FREE*, multi-day residence workshop held at 4 northern California locations. The institute is open to all California teachers; 40 hours of Academic Credit available!

Dates of Event
June 10-16, Plumas County, June 17-23, Tuolumne County, July 1-7, Shasta County, July 8 - 14, Humboldt County
Multiple locations to choose from throughout CA.
For more information, visit the event website.
Statewide Event

The Forestry Challenge for High School Students

The Forestry Challenge is an academic event for high school students in technical forestry and current forestry topics. Student participants spend four days in the forest learning about the ecology and management of the forested landscapes that provide communities with water, recreational opportunities, wood products, and wildlife habitat. Youth benefit by better understanding the relationship of the forested environment to their community, by exposure to natural resource management as a potential career option, and by undertaking a rigorous critical thinking exercise which is timely and addresses current forestry topics such as wildfire, insects, and forest health.

Dates of Event and Location
Shasta - September 26 to 29 - Mountain Meadows Camp east of Redding
Santa Cruz - October 10 to 13 - Redwood Christian Park near Boulder Creek
El Dorado - October 24 to 27 - Leoni Meadows Camp south of Placerville
San Bernardino - November 7 to 10 - Green Valley Lake Christian Camp near Lake Arrowhead
For more information, visit the Forestry Challenge website.

Suggested Resources

Discover Ag Careers: Curriculum for 6-8th grades. A toolkit for teaching about agricultural careers designed for teachers and non-formal educators.

Bay Area Environmental STEM Institute (BAESI): an Environmental STEM Resource Hub for Teachers.

The NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project (PSEP) provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through college aged students the knowledge and resources to build scientifically-literate individuals and communities who are prepared to respond to environmental challenges monitored by NOAA.

PSEP also supports educators in the development and implementation of projects involving hands-on activities that conserve, restore, and protect human communities and natural resources. Read more below in the Stewardship Community.

NOAA Planet Stewards is organized into two groups, the Education Community and the Stewardship Community.

Featured Provider

The California Department or Water Resources

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California's water resources. The agency provides free water education materials for schools and the general public alike. It also organizes campaigns to conserve water in California, manages reservoirs and visitors centers, plans for flood control, and more. To learn more about the amazing array of resources and support for California residents to conserve our water resources, visit their website.

Dawn O'Connor

Dawn O'Connor


313 West Winton Avenue Hayward, CA 94544