Region 7: Central Valley

Serving Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Kings, and Tulare Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 7!

Look to this page for upcoming news. An online calendar is available to find current events in your area.  A searchable directory of providers is in development and will be coming soon. In the meantime, sign up for the latest newsletter with special events, contests and funding sources specific to your CREEC Region.

Local Funding Opportunities

Every Kid in a Park 
Transportation grants are available for field trips to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for education and recreation opportunities. For field trip applications click here. For transportation grant application: Contact Ranger John Arebalo at or 559-565-4211.

Meyers Waterbank and Wildlife Project’s FREE Wetland Field Trips and Transportation Assistance
The Meyers Waterbank and Wildlife Project located on the Mendota Slough provides an educational experience that teaches students about water, wildlife and agriculture. All field trips are free and biologist Jason Dean leads these trips. Depending upon need, Meyers assists with bus transportation. To find out more about how you can participate in this wetland field trip click here.

Local Environmental Education Provider Programs

For a downloadable list of Region 7 Environmental Education Providers affiliated with the CREEC Network and to find local Environmental Education Programs for your classroom or for field trips, follow the links for Part 1 and Part 2.

Upcoming Events

To view more events in this region and all regions click here.

Jody Bertolucci
Primary Contact for Region 7
559-265-3098 ext. 4354
Sonya Force
Secondary Contact for Region 7
559-265-3098 ext. 4353

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Region 7 Highlights

The Great North American Eclipse Workshop - April 22, 2107

On August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass directly in front of the Sun, a phenomenon viewable throughout the country!  While the path of the total solar eclipse passes through Oregon, observers in northern California will experience from a 75 to 90 percent partial solar eclipse at a time when many schools are in session!  In this workshop, learn how you can take advantage of this spectacular teachable moment, and engage your class and community in investigating and experiencing the eclipse.  Workshop sessions will actively engage participants in an NGSS storyline approach to understanding the how and why of both solar and lunar eclipses.  This workshop is designed for classroom teachers in Grades 5-12!

Registration is FREE – (includes one year of membership in the ASP, The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0, and a mini-kit of eclipse activity materials).

History, Social Science Framework Roll Out - Tulare County Office of Education

Join local teachers, administrators, and teacher educators for the first in a series of programs designed to introduce California’s History-Social Science Framework. These roll-out events are the result of collaboration between the California Department of Education (CDE), the State Board of Education (SBE), the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), and in partnership with the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP). These interactive and engaging one-day conferences across California offer time to collaborate with other educators, as well as state, regional, and local HSS leaders.

Water Resources and Ecosystems of the Central Valley Flood Plains Institute - June 12 to 1, 2017

Receive a $200 stipend for participating in this year’s Floodplain Ecology Institute from June 12 to 15, 2017. This will include science and environmental science content focused on Central Valley floodplains, Delta, riparian, and watershed ecology. Also included is a 6-hour Project WET Certification Course. This includes a Delta field curriculum for the classroom or after school program and NGSS aligned lessons. Location will be Scout Island Outdoor Education Center. Optional university credit is available.

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