Region 8: Central Coast & Central Valley
Serving San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern County

Photo of Teresa LeesTeresa Lees
San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
3350 Education Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Welcome to CREEC Region 8!

Look to this page for upcoming news. A searchable directory of resources and an online calendar are in development and will be coming soon.

Click the links or scroll down to view:
April – July Events
Grants and Scholarships
Earth Day Festivals in Region 8

SPECIAL NOTE: CSTA  Presentation Proposals Due on March 20
The moment has arrived! CSTA is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2017 California Science Education Conference.
For those of you familiar with the California Science Education Conference, there is a change to our workshop program that you need to know. Just as California NGSS is changing science instruction and learning in the classroom, CSTA recognizes that 60-minute workshops are no longer sufficient to provide professional learning about lesson sequences and how they fit into larger lesson segments. As a result, CSTA has modified our conference format to feature 90-minute workshops. Environmental Literacy has been added as a strand.

April 2017

Middle School Integrated NGSS Program Training  at VCOE April 6
What does it mean to be integrated in middle school? Come spend a day with two of the writers of the California Science Framework and learn how to develop a coherent, integrated middle school Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) program. This workshop will be focused on the preferred integrated chapters of the CA Science Framework and will begin with what it means to be integrated and how this approach will deepen and strengthen science learning for all middle school students. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each grade level to further discuss the specific grade-level content, practices, and developmental progression. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided discussion about how to put everything together and time for district teams to consider their next steps. This workshop is designated for schools and districts who are still considering or who have already decided on the integrated middle school pathway.

RESCHEDULED Phenology Workshops for Teachers and Educators on April 29
The California Phenology Project (CPP) is a major partner in a nationwide effort to track the changes in timing of seasonal life cycles.
This workshop will provide you with all the training you need to contribute valuable and high-quality data to this unique scientific effort.

May 2017

June & July 2017

2017 Forestry Institute for Teachers  sessions
· June 11-17, Plumas County
· June 18-24, Tuolumne County
· July 2-8, Shasta County
· July 9-15, Humboldt County
2017 California Institute for Biodiversity – Impacts of a Changing Water Cycle 
July 6 – 9, 2017 in the Sierra Nevada’s Camp Green Meadows
* Session #1 – June 12 -16
* Session #2 – June 19 – 23
* Session #3 – June 26 – 30
July 11 – 14, 2017


Green School Conference in Atlanta, GA   March 21 – 22
“Advancing sustainable schools for all within this generation.”
Every year, the Green Schools Conference & Expo connects green school champions nationwide for two days of learning and collaboration to support our shared mission of equitable, healthy and high-performing schools, where students can learn how to sustain and improve the world around them.

AEOE Conference in La Honda, CA    March 24-26
Theme: “The Next Generation”  – Join us for 60+ environmental education workshops, keynote address, music, entertainment, exhibitors, job fair, and networking! Registration includes the conference, 5 meals and lodging or camping. Day use rates also available. Camp Jones Gulch, is located in La Honda, 50 miles south of San Francisco in the coastal range near Pescadero on many acres of woodland and open meadows.  Registration is now open at:

Farm to School Conference in Modesto   March 27-29
Theme: Connecting the Garden, Cafeteria and Classroom
The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators.

NSTA Conference in Los Angeles        March 30 – April 2
NSTA conferences offer the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand your professional growth. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to collaborate with science education leaders and your peers. Each year, NSTA hosts a national conference on science education (in the spring), three area conferences (in the fall), and a STEM Forum & Expo.

Green California Summit in Sacramento Convention Center April 26 – 27
The Summit will highlight strategies, technologies and best practices that are fueling progress toward the state’s green goals and the growth of its
economy. A Green Solutions Expo on April 26 will feature more than 100 companies offering green products and services, from zero emission vehicles
to building materials. Concurrent sessions led by expert practitioners will cover topics including zero net energy buildings, water conservation, clean transportation, funding sources and Prop 39 implementation. Pre-Summit training on April 25 will include in-depth sessions on Prop 39 implementation and
accountability, ZEV Fleets and the sustainability requirements in California building codes.  A keynote session featuring path-breaking
legislator Fran Pavley, the Green Solutions Expo and a Leadership Awards reception on April 25 are free. To register, visit
or call 626-577-5700.

Grants and Scholarships – for more go to the Grants & Contests link

Better Together STEM Scholarships
PG&E is offering Better Together STEM Scholarships of $5,000 per year – renewable for up to four years – to students pursuing science, technology or engineering studies in California schools. At PG&E we believe in the power that education has in strengthening a community. To give our next generation of Californians more opportunities to learn and succeed in higher education, PG&E is awarding scholarships to help further the studies of local students interested in being a part of California’s clean energy future. PG&E is proud to have helped make college more affordable for more than 500 students since the start of this scholarship program. PG&E is investing in promising students today because they are the leaders, dreamers and innovators of tomorrow and is committed to advancing student careers with hands-on opportunities in the energy industry through our University Programs

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):

Earth Day Festivals in Region 8

4/8/2017 – Conservation Celebration at Charles Paddock Zoo

4/15/2017 – Earth Day at Branch Mill Organic Farm in Arroyo Grande

4/15/2017 – Earth Day Festival in Oxnard

4/22/2017 – Earth Day Fair & Musical Festival at El Chorro Regional Park in SLO

4/22/2017 – Earth Day EcoFest at Ventura Plaza Park 

4/22/2017 – Greater Bakersfield Green Expo in Yukots Park 

4/22 & 23 – Earth Day Festival in Santa Barbara