About Us

Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center (CREEC) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public interest charity that was incorporated in 1995. The role of this nonprofit organization is to effect wildlife habitat enhancement and maintenance and restoration projects in the communities and open lands surrounding the Carquinez Strait—one of California’s most significant wildlife migratory corridors. CREEC aims to restore and conserve the area’s natural resources through cooperative, constructive, and mutually beneficial partnerships with the industries, families, and agencies that live and work along the Strait.

The CREEC Youth Program is dedicated to environmental improvement in the Carquinez Strait region. Students participate in habitat restoration, native and butterfly plant propagation, and plant care. Participants earn a stipend for their participation after completing ten volunteer hours. The program started in 1998 and initially included five students for a ten-week summer project. It has expanded to a year-round opportunity for youth to earn a stipend while they learn by improving the surrounding community and open space. Tasks are designed to create a hands-on learning experience in environmental restoration, basic horticulture, environmental science, nonprofit management, and basic work skills.

Email: CREECcarquinez@gmail.com

CREEC encourages and educates our youth and communities to restore and conserve native ecosystems.

CREEC's Board of Directors

CREEC is led by a dedicated volunteer Board. If you are interested in becoming a board member email us!

Susanna Van Greunen, President

Nancy Hawthorne, Secretary

Dean Kelch, Treasurer

Anamarie Farias

Judy Barone

Christopher Spinner


On average, 12 children are active participants in CREEC’s education program each school semester. CREEC typically averages 5 events per year, including trash cleanups and tree plantings, which draw 30–50 volunteers per event. CREEC also holds weekly plant sales on Saturdays from 10 am–2 pm.