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 Events

 AAPI Leaders and the Future of Natural Resource Stewards – Thursday, May 25, 2023 12:00-1:00 pm

This AAPI month, join CNRA Secretary Wade Crowfoot for a special Secretary Speaker Series event featuring AAPI environmental leaders from across the state, who will share their perspectives and priorities on the natural resource and conservation movement.

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AAPI Leaders

Previous Speaker Series Events

What are Californians doing about … Weather Whiplash? - May 18, 2023

Weather Whiplash Panelist Bios and Links

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Secretary Speaker Series: Generation NOW - California’s Young Environmental Leader Drive Change - April 19, 2023 

Generation Now Panelist Links

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Secretary Speaker Series: Leading into the Future: Visionary Women Shaping the Future of California’s Coast - March 28, 2023

Leading into the Future -Visionary Women Shaping the Future of California’s Coast Panelist Links

Women's History Month

Secretary Speaker Series: Black Environmental Stewardship

Black Environmental Stewardship – Panelist Links 2.27.2023 

Secretary Speaker Series: After the Storm! A Timely Update on California’s Water Supply - February 21, 2023 | 12:00 – 1:00pm

After the Storms – Panelist Links 2.21.2023

Secretary Speaker Series: A Decade of Ocean Conservation! An Update on California's Marine Protected Areas - February 14, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

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A Decade of Ocean Conservation – Panelist Links 2.14.2023

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Secretary Speaker Series: Blowing in the Wind! The Future of Offshore Wind Power - January 23, 2023 | 12:30 - 1:45 PM

Blowing in the Wind – Panelist Links 1.23.2023

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Secretary Speaker Series: Live from Montreal! Breaking Updates from the UN Biodiversity Negotiation (COP 15) - December 12, 2022

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Strengthening Tribal Partnerships in Our Nature-Based Solutions Work - November 15, 2022 |12:30 – 1:30


Latinos in Environmental Stewardship - October 3, 2022 12:30-1:45 p.m.

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Expanding the Way We Think About Climate Change: The Surprisingly Important Role of soils and plants in our Carbon & Water Cycles - July 26, 2022 | 12:30 – 1:45

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

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The Power of Partnerships - June 15, 2022, 12:30 to 1:30 PM PST


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

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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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