Secretary Speaker Series


Secretary Crowfoot hosts monthly discussions with leaders and big thinkers from across California to discuss emerging natural resources issues. This open forum allows for new and different perspectives about how we best steward California’s resources.

These events are public, live-streamed on YouTube, and recorded for later viewing. Links to each of these discussions are presented below.

Upcoming Speaker Series Event


Flyer thumbnail Growing Green Schoolyards - June 2nd, 2022, 12:30 to 1:45 PM PST


Climate-driven extreme heat threatens Californians, especially kids and other vulnerable populations. Replacing asphalt in school yards with shade trees, plants, and gardens supports children’s physical and mental health. Green schoolyards also sequester and store carbon, create habitat for biodiversity, and provide outdoor learning opportunities, which helps to build California’s pipeline of future land stewards. How can we turn this promise into a reality for more of California’s schools?


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Flyer ThumbnailLooking Back & Moving Forward: Insights & Inspiration from Three Decades of Natural Resources Leadership – June 10, 2022, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

California has changed tremendously since the Resources Agency was established over 60 years ago. This Agency and its Departments have helped shape modern environmental management and now tackle daunting challenges, including accelerating climate change. What can the past teach us about finding solutions to these challenges?

Join us for a never-before conversation with every former Natural Resources Secretary over the last thirty years. Together we will reflect on the agency’s history and progress to date and discuss how it can shape our current work.


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Previous Speaker Series Events

Secretary Speaker Series: Hidden Heroes for the Environment - Tuesday, April 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST

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Secretary Speaker Series: A Special Conversation with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe - Wednesday, April 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. PST

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Crossings Amid Climate Change: Reconnecting California’s Landscapes – March 21, 2022, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

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Natural and Working Lands: An Underutilized Climate Solution - February 22, 2022, 12:30 - 1:45 PM



2022 Priorities with Secretary Crowfoot | January 18, 2022, 12:30-1:30 PM

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The Ocean is Moving In: Building Resilience to Sea Level Rise – November 30, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.

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Reporting Live from COP26 with Secretary Crowfoot – November 8, 2021 – 12:00-12:45 PM



Good Fire? Managing Ecological Fire in the Age of Climate Change October 19, 2021 at 12:30 PM

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Protecting California Amidst Extreme Heat – August 3, 2021 – 12:30-1:45 PM

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Drought: The Signals of Climate Change – July 13, 2021 – 12:30-1:45 PM

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Earth Day: Monday, April 19 I 12:30-1:30 PM: Pacific Crest Trail to Planet

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Earth Day: Tuesday, April 20 I 12:30-1:30 PM: State Conservancies 101

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Earth Day: Wednesday, April 21 I 12:30-1:30 PM: State Conservancies Fast Forward

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Earth Day: Thursday, April 22: Day of Action!

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Earth Day: Friday, April 23: 12:30-1:30 PM: The Science Exchange

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March 24, 2021, 12:30 PM: Between 2 States: The Tahoe Advisory Science Council


March 12, 2021, 12:30 PM: The Science Exchange: A Culture of Change

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February 23, 2021, 12:30 PM: Paradigm Shift: Strengthening Our Wildfire Resilience

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February 2, 2021 - Secretary Speaker Series: 2021 Priorities with Secretary Crowfoot

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December 16, 2020 - From California to Kunming: The Global Effort to Tackle the Nature Crisis

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November 13, 2020 – Building Trust Between State and Tribal Governments: What Does True Co-Management Mean?


September 25, 2020 – From Wildfire to Water: Investing in Nature Based Solutions to Build Climate Resilience


September 16, 2020 – 12:30 PM: Remembering Huey

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August 12, 12:30pm-1:45pm: Beyond Polarization: The Unlikely Story of California’s Marine Protected Areas

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July 15, 12:30-2 p.m.: What We Can Learn from Our Past to Move Toward an Equitable Future

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June 23, 12:30 p.m.: Preserving Conservation - Revitalizing Fishing and Hunting in California


May 20, 2020: In Conversation with Obi Kaufmann - Environmentalist, author, and illustrator

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April 22, 2020: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

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March 4, 2020: Stewarding the Sierra Nevada Amidst Climate Change



February 18, 2020: 2020 Priorities with Secretary Crowfoot

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January 14, 2020: Improving Access to California’s Natural and Cultural Treasurers

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November 18, 2019: Protecting California Communities in the Age of Mega-Fires

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September 5, 2019: California’s Biodiversity Challenge

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July 15, 2019: Reactivating Our Floodplains

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