Project Name: Bio-Regional Environmental Education Project
Managing NGO, country: Natural History Museum of San Diego, California, USA
Project directors: Doretta Winkelman and Laurie Silvan
Synopsis: The San Diego Natural History Museum’s “Bio-Regional Environmental Education” project is a bi-national, inter-institutional, multidisciplinary collaboration between partners who seek to inspire teachers and community workers to transform our communities through environmental education, as well as strengthen and build capacity in our bio-region, to create synergy in our trans-border relations. We train presenters to deliver our different workshops and trainings in the areas where we have established collaborations and partnerships, design and deliver capacity-building workshops, and establish new collaborations and partnerships.
Annual budget & donors: $225,000 from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Hewlett Foundation
Lessons learned: Constant and continuous communication is essential and a key to forward movement and harmony. We inform others about what we have and offer opportunities and choices to participate and/or collaborate. Follow-up and continuity are important, as are keeping promises, building trust, searching for commonalities with partners and collaborators, being professional and courteous.
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