Region 3: Capital Region

Serving Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 3!

Look to this page for upcoming workshops, events, field trip opportunities and resources.

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Sacramento Valley Floodplain Ecology Institute for K-12 Educators
June 27-29, 8:00-3:00, Galt/West Sacramento/Woodland. Learn about our region’s floodplain habitat and flood protection from scientists and water professionals. Enjoy field trips, curriculum training and a career panel. Scroll down to highlights for more info. FREE. 2 units available for fee. Register:

Forestry Institute for Teachers (
 Choose from: June 11-17,Plumas County; June 18-24, Sonora; July 2-8, Shasta County; July 9-15, Arcata. This cross-curricular training emphasizes CC and NGSS while examining current forestry issues. K-12 teachers gain knowledge, skills and tools to teach about forest ecology and resource management. $25 registration fee.

Project Learning Tree Restoration Institute
June 27-29, 9:00-4:00, Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael. Creating and Using Wildlife Habitat at Your School. Learn about and become eligible for GreenWorks grants and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Schoolyard Habitat Program. $30 Register by June 9:

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
July 14-15, Visalia. Growing Our Future: Teachers and volunteers — come and learn about the importance of educating our youth about food and fiber through all subject areas. Agriculture is everywhere and in everything we do!

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Deb Bruns
Primary Contact for Region 3
Karen Swan
Co-Coordinator for Region 3

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Region 3 Highlights

G.O. Network: Cultural Relevancy in the Outdoors

Join the Get Outdoors! Network in Sacramento to gain a deeper understanding of how to build outdoor programming that is relevant to diverse groups. Expert Charles Thomas, Executive Director of Outward Bound Adventures joins us from Los Angeles to share his expertise from 20+ years of experience in the field. Also meet Twin Rivers Outdoor Leadership Camp Youth Facilitators and learn about the impact of the outdoors on their lives.
G.O. Network Gatherings are opportunities for educators and outdoor program providers to network and stay updated on best practices from expert guest presenters. Don’t miss this special gathering with Charles Thomas and our own youth experts!

Science in the River City: NGSS Saturday

May 13, 9:00-4:40. Sacramento State. Attend your choice of two NGSS workshops and two grade-span specific hands-on science workshops. $100 includes materials, 6 professional development hours, raffle tickets, breakfast and lunch. Appropriate for all science educators, including those new to NGSS and those already familiar with it.

Sacramento Floodplain Ecology Institute Registration Open!

“Learned so much. Saw so much. Science in action.”  –Teacher participant, 2015
“This is the best professional development workshop I have done!” -Teacher participant, 2016

Visit our region’s floodplains to learn about their multiple uses: flood protection, wildlife habitat, agriculture, and conservation research. Scientists, engineers and other water resource professionals will lead field trips to the Cosumnes River Preserve, Yolo Bypass, and West Sac flood control features. Also includes Project WET and EEI curriculum training and a water resources career panel.

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