California Environmental Education Interagency Network Meeting
Meeting Leader: Anne Stephens
May 17, 2012, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
California Envioronmental Protection Agency
1001 I Street, Training Room 230, Sacramento CA 94814
Note Taker: Michelle Robinson Attendees:
Bobbie Winn – DFG
Delanie Farnham – ARB
Michelle Robinson – DWR
Carolyn Kolstad - Call in- US Fish and WildlifeService
Anne Stephens – CDE
Annie Kohut Frankel – Call in - California Coastal Commission
Ed Wong – ARB
Kay Antunez – Call in – CalFIRE
1. Check – in and Catch–Up
- Welcome and Introductions
Anne – Amy Lefbridge from Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy will be guest speaker for June. Donna will takeover lead for June Meeting.
- Review Agenda
- Approve Minutes from February and April
- Update Outstanding Action Items
Anne approached Dr. Heidi Ballard at UCDavis about speaking to CEEIN about her research on the Master Naturalist Programs. Dr. Ballard is interested, hopefully she will be able to present to CEEIN in the Fall.
2. What’s New In Your World
- Michelle – DWR PAO has new Assistant Director, Nancy Vogel. Next DWR ECM is scheduled for June 5-6.
- Anne – will be presenting at DWR ECM about CREEC and EEI. The CREEC grants for 2012-2013 are being reviewed. It looks like all current CREEC coordinators will be the same with a possible addition of one more. CDE is partnering much more with OEE. Discussion of CREEC taking over PD for EEI. DWR and Project WET are helping support CREEC’s EEI efforts. Anne will be meeting with Bryan Ehlers on Monday to synchronize efforts.
- Bobbie – Project WILD has received permission to do an online aquatic PWILD workshop with CSU San Marcos. Attendees may take it for college credit, countinuing education credits or at no charge. Attendees will aso receive a guide and supplementary materials. Cathy Havart just ran a facilitator training in Southern California and is looking to do another one in the Fall. Patty Brown and Mary Blackburn are running facilitator trainings for WILD. Working on 3 posters for trout habitat, diet and anatomy. Posters will be printed curteousy of WILD and will be available through WILD, hatcheries and classroom aquarium education program. WILD video is almost finished, it will replace powerpoint presentation.
- Carolyn – Working on grant proposal to national fish and wildlife program focusing on native plant conservation and pollinators. Working on loaner kits for educators to use, grant would cover cost of materials. Will find out grant awardees in November. Reviewing proposals for NAAEE. Her office is moving to Auburn location in the next year. New conference space should be available for use for teacher PD. Currently recruiting for a student position to do outreach and communication, someone skilled in InDesign, Photoshop. Will be doing outreach to ranchers throughout California. Master’s program candidates are preferred so they may hire at DS7 level. Job located in Auburn. Carolyn will send out more info to CEEIN distribution list.
- Ed – Delanie will be graduating this weekend. State Scientists Day – Wednesday, May 23, 10am-1pm, the last two years, ARB monitoring and lab work division has taken the lead on ARB activities. ARB play regarding air pollution is on DVD and Ed needs ideas for distribution. Anne suggesting using CDE media outlets and Annie suggested putting it streaming online.
- Annie – Will be attending State Scientists Day with activities for children. Currently, there are a number of children at Ocean Beach in SF doing a beach clean-up. Annie will send link once photos are available. Antother note – Tsunami debris is heading to West Coast much faster than initially anticipated by NOAH.
3. Committee Reports and Discussion
- Administration and Organization
- Meeting still scheduled through end of year with hosts. Need to start planning 2013 calendar soon.
- MOU – started by Natalie Lee and Jim Greco, but staff changes halted this effort. Anne’s new manager may be taking a more active roll to get CDE active on this. CalEPA may need a push to get involved. Bryan Ehlers e-mailed Anne to get together soon regarding MOU.
- Communications and Outreach
- Legislation and Diversity
4. New Business
- Debrief Green Technology Summit
Anne - Kay, Anne and Brian Brown, Ed Wong and several of the Green Technology Summit brought materials to exhibit. Teacher turn-out during exhibitor time was lackluster due to lunch overlap. Workshop turn-out was good. Another Summit is planned in Pasedena, date unknown.
- Status of Blueprint for Environmental Literacy
Anne – Some movement made, but blueprint will probably not be ready by Fall.
- Future Guest Speakers
- Difficult to invite speakers to meetings with just a handful of attendees.
- Ideas for presenters are welcome.
- Nature Bridge interested in coming back to provide updates.
- Annie has contact with a Tsunami debri researcher who may be a good presenter.
- NAAEE Conference
- Anne – submitted a proposal to highlight state networking and CREEC. Bill Andrews submitted a proposal to present regarding environmental literacy blueprint.
- Carolyn, Bobbie and Annie both submitted proposals, however cost to register for conference may prevent this from happening. One day registration fee may be available. Not many volunteer position opportunities this year to defray registration costs. Proposals due within the next couple of weeks.
- Website is weak.
- CSTA Conference
- Presentation announcement expected May 21. Ed will send out survey once it is available and compile summary sheet.
5. Pending Items/Parking Lot
6. Meeting Wrap-Up
- Clarify Action Items
- Anne will meet with Bryan to work on CEEIN MOU.
- Anne will check on one day registration for NAAEE.
- Carolyn will send out info about job opening.
- CSTA Presentation announcement expected May 21. Ed will send out survey once it is available and compile summary sheet.
- Develop Next Meeting Agenda
- Room will be different for June meeting. Ed will notify of where to meet.
- Evaluate Meeting
Meeting Protocol Reminders:
- Start and end meetings on time; stay on track on agenda.
- Listen and treat others' opinions with respect.
- Keep commitments to agreements and assignments (i.e., follow-up, time frames, due dates, etc.).
- Make participation in the meeting your priority; keep cell phones on vibrate and only accept emergency calls (outside the meeting room).
- A quorum of 8 CEEIN members is needed to hold a meeting.
- For major decisions, if consensus can’t be reached, the issue will be put to a vote of the CEEIN members present at the following meeting.
- Make a conscious effort to conduct the meeting in an environmentally friendly manner.