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:
February Events
March Events
April Events
Grants and Scholarships
Earth Day Festivals in Region 8

February 2017

2/18/2017 – CA Phenology Project Training at SB Botanic Garden
Join us for this workshop and learn the answers to the following questions: What species are we monitoring in California? How does climate affect their leafing, flowering, and fruiting? Which species are most sensitive to climatic conditions?

2/18/2017 to 5/17/2017 – Shark After Dark talks at Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach
6pm – 8pm. $20 – Spend the evening exploring the aquarium after hours, while enjoying wine and appetizers and an exclusive presentation by aquarium coordinator, Kim Jeffrey! You will get the chance to experience the Central Coast Aquarium in the same manner that children do. Find out about the many programs that are offered by the CCA and participate in some of the actual lessons and labs that our students enjoy. RSVP with

2/23/2017 – Webinar on the Feeding Habits of Male and Female Elephant Seals
at 3pm Pacific time

Join ​Sarah Kienle, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Long Marine Lab to learn more about the dramatic differences in size, shape and behavior of male and female northern elephant seals. Her research compares the feeding behavior of male and female seals to understand how the sexes use marine resources throughout the North Pacific Ocean.

2/24/2017 – NGSS for Informal/Non Formal EE Providers Training
To be held at Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo. All EE Providers in Region 8 are invited! This professional development will help prepare informal/non-formal environmental and science institutions to work effectively with county offices of education, districts, schools, and teachers to implement California’s new science standards and curriculum frameworks.
8:30am – 4:30pm
5100 Camarillo, CA
$50.00 per participant or $150/team up to 5 participants
(Note: Does NOT include lunch. There are several eateries in the vicinity of VCOE.)  
Registration link: 

2/25/2017 – National Wildlife Federation EcoSchools Spring Bloom Tour at Monte Vista School in Simi Valley
National Wildlife Federation is hosting a Professional Development event for Ventura County Educators to explore Outdoor Education.   The day will focus on STEM, Citizen Science, and Hands-on Learning featuring chickens, gardens, schoolyard habitats and the GLOBE Program. Learn how to become an EcoSchool.
RSVP with Antonio Bautista at 

March 2017

3/4/2017  – Get Outdoors Workshop for Teachers at Channel Islands
Gold Coast Science Network (GCSN) is pleased to invite you to attend, “Pathways to Parks: Get Outdoors with NGSS” presented by educator extraordinaire Kurt Holland and co-sponsored by GCSN, the National Park Service, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and the California Coastal Commission. These environmental education workshops for K-12 teachers provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about NGSS-aligned curriculum for teaching about the Channel Islands. The flyer with more information is attached. Cost is only $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. Space is limited to 25 participants per workshop, so be sure to register as soon as possible:
The February 4th workshop is for K-8 educators. The March 4th workshop is for 6 – 12 educators. Middle School educators can attend either date.

3/8/2017 – Environmental Educators of Kern County – NGSS & Environmental Literacy Training 4pm – 6pm at KCSOS
Calling all EE Providers & Teachers of Kern County to get together to receive training on how the NGSS fits with Environmental Literacy here in California. It is amazing that we have EP&Cs (Environmental Principles & Concepts) written into the CA Science Framework as well as the CA History/Social Science Framework! Come find out how to incorporate these into your classroom and out of the classroom learning opportunities. RSVP with

3/9/2017 – PreK – 12 STEM Conference at Ventura County Office of Education
Do you want to learn how you can bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education into your classroom, school, and/or district? Are you looking for new and innovative ideas to promote critical thinking, collaboration, and 21st Century skills with your students? Please join us at our 2nd annual PK-12 STEM Symposium at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center to learn how to start or enhance your STEM classroom and program.
8:30am – 3:30pm – $50 per person or $25 for AM only. Register here: 

3/11/2017 –  STEMposium at University Preparation Charter School in Camarillo
Our second STEMposium Follow-Up is upon us. We have a really great morning planned with a focus on writing CERs (Claim-Evidence-Reasoning) for elementary and middle/high schools. We hope you can join us from 8:30-12:00on Saturday March 11 in the MPR at the Elementary Site.
CERs in the Elementary Classroom – Participants will see sample grade specific CERs and discuss the progression of students’ CER understanding through the K-5 grades. (Lead by Jen Mutch)
CERs in the Middle/ High School Classroom – Participants will read student samples of CERs and evaluate them using a feedback rubric. Teachers will get a chance to compare their rubric scores and discuss grade specific expectations and strategies. (Lead by Annie Ransom)
RSVP at the following link:

3/11 & 12/2017 – Wind Wolves Preserve’s 4th Annual Spring Nature Festival
Join Wind Wolves Preserve staff, guest experts and nature-enthusiasts in a variety of activities including guided hikes, wildlife and wildflower viewing, exhibit booths, preserve tours, and more during this fun-filled weekend! Entrance to the preserve and all activities are free of charge. Go the website for more info:

3/16/2017 – NGSS Practices – Digging Deeper at SLOCOE
Experience phenomena that highlight the NGSS practices of modeling, argumentation, and explanation.Reflect on these experiences to understand the integration of the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.Explore instructional strategies that support the development of the NGSS Science and and Engineering Practices.

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.


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

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

4/15/2017 – 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