16116CREEC stands for Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center, a nonprofit 501 (c) organization with its greenhouse located in Crockett, California.

Founded in 1995, the same year as Scene on the Strait, CREEC’s mission is twofold:

1) To help young people and teach them the value of work. We hire underserved young people in the area and provide them with paying work that teaches them pre-vocational and job skills. With these skills they will have a better future for themselves. For more about these children and what they do, please see HERE.

2) Help the environment. The other important part of CREEC’s mission is to help the environment. After hiring these youngsters, they go to work for us by cultivating native plants that are conducive to butterflies. There were once large butterfly populations in the Carquinez Strait area, populations that have gradually eroded over time. It is our goal to restore these butterfly populations by restoring their natural habitat using plants grown by these young people and then put in the ground by them. CREEC has restored more than six acres of butterfly habitat with plans to do more.

CREEC exists today because of Scene on the Strait, the organization’s primary fundraising event, a “plein air” art festival held every August at the Martinez Regional Shoreline.

CREEC’s greenhouse in Crockett is a short drive from where we hold Scene on the Strait.