Region 9a: Southern

Serving Imperial and San Diego Counties

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Crystal Howe
San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111-7399

Welcome to CREEC Region 9a!

Please click here to access the regional Environmental Education Shared Events Calendar.

Please click here to access the regional provider directory maintained by San Diego Children and Nature.

NGSS aligned Local Nature Lessons

Our Environmental Educators have teamed up to create pre and post lessons that support NGSS in the classroom and a strong field trip or in class experience for students. Click on the grade level you are interested in to access the lesson:

6th Grade – Climate Change in San Diego

4th Grade – San Diego’s Watershed

3rd Grade – San Diego Plant Adaptations


Upcoming Events


April 8, 2017: Saturday Science Club for Girls: Pacific Gyre Clean-Up

Did you know that there is an island of trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Learn how this island formed and how it is affecting ocean life. As a team, you will engineer a device to pick up ocean garbage and test out your team’s rig at the end of class! Girls 5–8 can join us on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. For more information and to register, visit


April 26, 2017, 6-8:30pm – Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography invites students in grades 6-12 to join us for a fun evening of Exploring Ocean STEM Careers!

Students can explore scientist tables around the aquarium as they learn about tools of the trade, hear inspiring career path stories, and ask questions. Over 20 scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and UC San Diego will be available to talk with students and their parents. Representatives from Birch Aquarium and the UC San Diego and SIO Admissions offices will also be available.  Students can learn about opportunities for high school students at Birch Aquarium and SIO, as well as attend a group question and answer session.

For additional information and to register, please visit our website:




May 18-19, 2017  – 8:30-4:30 each day – Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)

What is so special about this training? See and experience science being done at Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (Tijuana Estuary) and learn how you can use it to enhance your teaching. You will interact with Reserve researchers, visit wetland restoration sites, and see the long-term monitoring that is used to manage these projects (living experiments). Find out how to integrate your training experiences with the online nationwide Reserve data and our monitoring-based field trip lessons.

Where: Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Cost: FREE, but bring your own lunch

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June 5, 2015: Sharp Minds Lecture Series: Tackling Ocean Conservation One Fish at a Time

Join local scientists to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Sharp Minds lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month (except Labor Day) and are held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For information on the lecture series, visit


June 10, 2017: Saturday Science Club for Girls: Geocaching

Learn new navigation skills by using hand-held GPS units and locate a geocache in Balboa Park! Girls 5–8 can join us on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. For more information and to register, visit