Thanks to the generosity of Creek Week sponsors, SACC is able to offer grants of up to $500 to help teachers use a local creek as an outdoor classroom.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE ART/SCIENCE GRANT IS SEPTEMBER 26, 2014. PROJECTS MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 12, 2014.
- Online Application deactivated
- Art/Science Mentoring Project Grant Application – Deadline: September 26, 2014. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 916 454-4544
- Art/Science Mentoring Project Grant Flier – Application deadline September 26, 2014
- Art/Science Mentoring Project Teacher packet Please see “Dipping Into Creeks Curriculum” under our Education page for more resources (Dipping Into Creeks Table of Contents)
Why Teach Children About Creeks?
Creeks naturally attract children of all ages. They are just about the right size body of water for easy exploration. With flowing water, wooded banks, a variety of wildlife – combined with a ready-made fascination – local creeks are an ideal resource for teaching science concepts.
Using creeks as outdoor classrooms provides concrete associations between students and their natural world. Understanding how human activities alter our environment in positive and negative ways allows students to become informed participants in their own futures. According to the State of California Department of Education, “research shows that environment-based education improves students’ academic performance and test scores, reduces discipline and attendance problems, and increases their ability to transfer knowledge to new contexts.”
Purpose of Sacramento Area Creeks Council (SACC) Mini-grant Program
The purpose of the mini-grant program is to encourage teachers to educate students about their local creeks and the many benefits they provide, including abundant aesthetic, recreational and ecological values. It also provides incentive to give students an outdoors, hands-on experience that takes their learning to a more concrete and meaningful level. Student art that is submitted to SACC by the December 14 deadline will be considered for the Creek Week 2015 logo and other promotional materials.