Region 5: South Bay

Serving Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 5!

Look to this page for local environmental education news, funding, and upcoming events. A Directory of local resources and programs is available under the tab “Community Resources.” Check out Events for a calendar of upcoming workshops, training and more in our local area.

Local Funding Opportunities, Internships and Contests

Driscoll’s Community Grants (
Grants support solutions, often through education programs, that build vibrant communities with a new level of understanding, partnerships, economic growth, and innovation between agriculture and the communities that make the work possible – from farm workers out in the field to farmers and families.

Upcoming Events

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Amity Sandage
Region Coordinator

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Region 5 Highlights

Estuary Education Website: KaPow! Gets a Shot in the Arm!

Each year over 84,000 students and teachers gain a greater appreciation of the nation’s estuaries through National Reserves’ education programs, including our local Elkhorn Slough Reserve and Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The National Estuarine Research Reserve website is an important part of this effort, and thanks to a recent overhaul, the site is now as dynamic as the resources and educational products it represents. Give it a look!

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Teacher Workshop and Open House

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History welcomes educators to their first annual Teacher Workshop on Thursday, May 11, 4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy wine and refreshments while exploring Museum resources, classroom kits, and a deeper dive into Ohlone culture with a mini-seminar. Bring your calendar to book your field trip early! Win prizes, including transportation scholarships, kit rentals, and free programs! RSVP to

Environmental Volunteer Opportunities in Santa Cruz County

Environteers provides one portal for easy access to the many rewarding environmental volunteer opportunities in Santa Cruz County as well as events and local environmental news and interviews.

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