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(2004 - 2007)

Three partners, consultants, and numerous collaborating agencies guided Phase 1 of the San Diego Wildfires Education Project, a community-wide initiative.


San Diego State University

The SDSU College of Education, through its Interwork Institute, is the lead agency.  The project is directed by Dr. Stephen F. Barnes, with support from two graduate research assistants, Heather Karnes-Schmalbach and Linnea Spears.  Project fiscal management is provided by the SDSU Research Foundation.


San Diego County Water Authority

Founded in 1944, this is an umbrella governmental agency that provides a safe and reliable supply of water to its 23 member agencies and over 4 million people in the San Diego region.  Ivan Golakoff, Education Programs Manager, is a project co-director.


The Dr. Wilderness Show, Inc.

This non-profit company, one of the most highly regarded traveling science programs in the U.S., specializes in creating in-school environmental education programs for young audiences (grades K-6).  The company founder and president, Khevin Barnes, is a project co-director.

West Mesa Area, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Spring, 2005)                                         Photo By Barbara Barnes


Technical and Science Consultants

The following individuals provided consulting services to the project.

Rick Halsey, Southern California Chaparral Field Institute

Carol Radford, San Diego Natural History Museum (retired)

Joyce Schlachter, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior


Collaborating Agencies

San Diego County Office of Education

This agency provides leadership to the County’s 42 school districts, and its 634 elementary, middle, high school, and alternative schools.

San Diego Science Alliance

The San Diego Science Alliance is non-profit consortium of leaders from business, K-12 education, higher education and scientific institutions in San Diego County, and is committed to enhancing science literacy in K-12 education.

San Diego County Department of Watershed Protection

As part of the San Diego County’s Office of Public Works, this department is involved with pollution and water quality, and education-related programs.

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

Part of the California EPA, the Board is charged with preserving, enhancing, and restoring the quality of California’s water resources, and ensure their proper allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations.

San Diego Natural History Museum

The mission of the Museum is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.

San Diego Audubon Society

The mission of the San Diego Audubon Society is fostering the protection of birds and other wildlife through education and study; and advocating for a cleaner, healthier environment.

California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter

The California Native Plant Society is a statewide nonprofit organization seeking to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, and conservation. The San Diego Chapter serves San Diego and Imperial Counties.

San Diego Fire Recovery Network

The San Diego Fire Recovery Network (SDFRN) is a network of community organizations, government agencies, and concerned citizens who have come together to address the widespread ecosystem changes in San Diego County caused by the historic fires of 2003.

Anza-Borrego Foundation

The mission of the Anza-Borrego Foundation is to promote conservation in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® and the surrounding ecological region through land acquisition, education, interpretation and scientific studies. The Anza-Borrego Institute is the arm of the Anza-Borrego Foundation dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to value, learn about and conserve this unique but fragile environment through education, interpretation, and research of the natural, historical and cultural resources of this region.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association (CRSPIA)

CRSPIA supports Cuyamaca Rancho  State Park and Palomar Mountain  State Park through education and interpretive activities.

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