Scene on the Strait is the art festival that helps kids help the environment. The kids work for CREEC—Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center—learning work skills and work habits while doing planting and other jobs at the CREEC greenhouse in Crockett. The work they do includes growing milkweed, which is a native California plant that Monarch butterflies love. By cultivating and later planting the milkweed along the Carquinez Strait, one of CREEC’s goals is to encourage the return of butterflies to the area.

The proceeds of Scene on the Strait go to support these kids, who are mainly teenagers, and help them learn valuable pre-employment job skills. Everybody wins, including the butterflies, because of the work of these kids. Here are some recent pictures of scenes around the CREEC greenhouse:

Raking out the weeds along one side of the CREEC greenhouse.

Raking out the weeds along one side of the CREEC greenhouse.

One of the jobs the kids do is weeding the pots so the milkweed and other plants will grow better.

One of the jobs the kids do is weeding the pots so the milkweed and other plants will grow better.

Trees and plants inside the greenhouse.

Trees and plants inside the greenhouse.

A piece of milkweed that Monarch butterflies adore.

A piece of milkweed that Monarch butterflies adore.