Your proposed project may benefit from the public understanding what your project entails. We assist you to identify public concerns through surveys, focus groups and community leader forums, then address those concerns in workshops and other public informational campaigns.
We assist you to identify learning and behavioral objectives and the appropriate methods to attain them. We can, design and develop curriculum, align activities to state learning objectives, conduct staff training, and review and evaluate existing programs of schools, nature centers, and residential environmental education schools (aka Science Camps). We can also design effective conservation campaigns for government agencies and educate a business’s employees about green sustainability practices good for the planet, and for the bottom line. Key benefits to having assistance with your environmental education needs are:
- The planning process helps determine priorities, frame decisions, and focus efforts.
- The planning process helps to de-personalize decisions and seeks input and “buy-in” from stakeholders such as employees and managers, the school community, and other interested parties such as governmental agencies and community organizations.
- Access to experts who have experience outside your site, but within your sphere of activity. We’ll bring experience and outside perspective to your situation.
- Access to up-to-date knowledge, curricular information and techniques for your programs. There’s likely published curriculum and programs, and probably even an app that applies to your educational needs.
- Review and evaluation of environmental education curriculum and programs for children based on California’s Science Content Standards and the Environmental Principles and Concepts.
McReynolds’ Relevant Experience
Director of Environmental Science Biola University 2010 – 2017. La Mirada, CA.
Taught the following classes: Intro. to Env. Science (14x), Geographic Information Systems (3x), Field Biology (3x), Ornithology (3x), Ecology (1x), Botany (7x).
Director, Pacific Forest Institute 2007 – 2009. Rocklin, CA.
PFI was a USFS grant funded program operated through William Jessup University offering professional development for teachers concerning forest issues.
- As Project Coordinator (2005-2007), promoted, developed and led week-long summer workshops.
- Promoted to Director in 2007, adding budget management responsibilities and continuing successful workshops in 2008 and 2009.
- Administered two 250K grants and one 175k grant from the USFS.
- Became a trained Facilitator for Project WET, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree and Flying WILD environmental education programs and led teacher workshops for each of these programs.
- Wrote successful grant for $3.5K from Project WILD to correlate program activities with CA state standards. Applied for and granted City Partner status for PFI with Flying WILD.
Co-Director, Jaguar Creek 2000 – 2004. Lowland rainforest near Belmopan, Belize.
Responsible, with wife, for all areas of staffing (8-10), operations, and finances for the 40 acre solar-run facility and its $100K annual budget.
- 2000-2004. – Managed Environmental Field Station facilities for university classes and researchers.
- 2004. Co-directed and taught the Summer Institute in Sustainable Development for US and Belizean college-age students who were introduced to community-based development via work placement and academic lectures.
- 2004. Co-directed and taught the Global Studies Stewardship Program for Belizean college-age students who were introduced to the concepts of conservation biology, sustainability and community-based development.
Director, Mission Springs Outdoor Education 1993 – 2000. Scotts Valley, CA.
- Managed an annual budget that grew to approximately 150K.
- Annual camper days went from 4,070 to a high of 11,214; 60 student week max to 250 student week max.
- Designed curriculum and programs.
- Hired, supervised and evaluated a school year seasonal staff of 15.
- Created, directed and successfully operated an Elderhostel program from 1998 – 2000 on subjects such as Monterey Bay: Salty Critters and Canners; Pacific Flyways; Fresh Salmon, Old Loggers and Redwoods.
- Volunteer docent at Natural Bridges State Park leading tours of tide pools and wintering Monarch butterflies.
Naturalist, Hayward Shoreline Regional Interpretive Center 1992-1993. Hayward, CA.
- Conducted interpretive activities about the San Francisco Bay for school groups and the general public.
Seasonal Interpreter/Scientific Aide, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 1991-1993, Los Banos, CA.
- Promoted and conducted public tours at the Los Banos Wildlife Area.
- Ran classroom salmon incubation program for Merced and Fresno areas.
- Assisted in catch, tag and release salmon population monitoring on the Merced River.