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Free environmental leadership seminar, lunch

December 11, 2013

The Warner College of Natural Resources' Riordan Leadership Program is hosting a presentation on the importance of strong leadership in guiding an organization's recovery from significant natural disasters.

Cal-Wood Education Center Executive Director Rafael Salgado.Thursday, December 12
Noon-1 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Rooms 220-222

Center evacuated

For the past 30 years, Cal-Wood Education Center in Johnstown, Colo. has connected Front Range youth to the Colorado mountains through environmental school and camp programs.

In Sept. 2013, the Center was devastated by flooding, and National Guard helicopters airlifted 100 students, teachers, and parents out of what had become an emergency area.

Disaster inspires revisioning

Salgado is leading the effort to address the imminent short-term needs of the environmental education center’s recovery from the flood disaster.

But, he is also finding opportunity to rethink and redesign the organization’s long-term plans, and how it can improve and better engage historically non-traditional groups.

The presentation will focus on the importance of strong leadership in guiding an organization's recovery from significant natural disasters, and how to emerge stronger than ever.

Free seminar, lunch

On Dec. 12, The Riordan Family Leadership in Environment and Natural Resources Program welcomes Cal-Wood Executive Director Rafael Salgado to present: After the Flood: The Role of Leadership in the Restoration of the Cal-Wood Education Center.

Free and open to the public. Lunch provided for all attendees.

Cal-Wood’s mission is to offer a unique outdoor educational experience to youth and adults. They aim to foster a greater appreciation for the natural world, offer environmental education to those who would otherwise not experience it, and provide unique educational opportunities in a special mountain setting.

The event is sponsored by The Riordan Family Leadership in Environmental and Natural Resources Program, which is dedicated to fostering greater environmental leadership at Colorado State University and around the world.

An initiative of the Warner College of Natural Resources, the Riordan Leadership Program was founded in 2012 and was created to establish a lasting legacy of environmental leadership that enables future and current natural resource professionals to make an impact on environmental challenges facing their communities.

For more information about this free event, email:

Contact: Bryony Wardell
Phone: (970) 491-2542