Environmental Programs

CREEC: California Regional Environmental Education Community

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The CREEC network is helping to enhance the environmental literacy of our students. One click to CREEC.org links you to a hub of environment-based education resources, including organizations offering field trips and curricula; workshops aligned with state standards; grants to support environment-based programs; and a searchable events calendar.

Quick Guide to Next Generation Science and Environmental Education Programs

Across Santa Cruz County, local Environmental Education organizations offer programs to support school curricula and connect students to their local environment. This online guide helps teachers access Environmental Education resources. View programs by grade level with connections to science standards, descriptions, links to program providers, and more!

Environmental themes — energy, natural systems, climate, sustainability — engage students in real-world, relevant studies that develop strong science, language and math skills.

SCC Guide to NGSS and EE produced by the CREEC Network and Santa Cruz County Office of Education with generous support from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

Related articles:

An Introduction to the CREEC Network: An Environmental Resource for Educators

Teachers Dive into New Science Standards at Annual Water Education Workshops

Santa Cruz Expo Connects Teachers with Science and Environmental Groups, published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on November 14, 2015.

Santa Cruz County Residential Outdoor Science School

At the Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School, fifth and sixth grade students experience a four- or five-day residential, hands-on science program. Students focus on investigating the rich coastal redwood forest ecosystem that surrounds our coastal community.

Find out more about Outdoor Science School.

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