Rafael Salgado

Executive Director, ext. 3, rafael@calwood.org

Rafael has served as Cal-Wood’s Executive Director since 1999. Prior to Cal-Wood, he worked as a range scientist and wildlife biologist in Mexico and as a professor at Antonio Narro University in Mexico. Working for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, he trained volunteer instructors for Project Wild, an internationally recognized environmental education program, and for Hunter and Angle Education programs. As the state of Coahuila environmental education director, he developed a large environmental education program in Mexico, training more than 6,000 teachers and creating 1,000 green schools. Rafael is a faculty member of the Bilingual ESL Network in Colorado, a member of the advisory committee of the national Project Learning Tree, and a board member of Thorne Nature Experience.

Rafael’s excellence and leadership has been recognized with national and local awards:

  • November 2014: North American Association for Environmental Education‘s Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs Award, recognizing excellence and leadership in the field. 
  • April 2015: 2014 Daily Camera Pacesetters Award in Environment, honoring the people who make Boulder County special. The 2014 Pacesetters recipients are incredible women and men in their fields.
  • September 2015: Boulder Community Action Programs Multicultural Award, honoring people of color who have have made major contributions to the arts, business, community service, education, government, health, partners (people from the White/Anglo community who work with people of color to promote social justice around race issues), science, and youth throughout Boulder County.
  • October 2015: Thorne Nature Experience‘s Environmental Education Champion award. About this award, Thorne Nature Experience said, “Rafael is one of our Country’s leading Latino environmental educators and he serves as a tremendous role model for locally Latino youth, helping them to know that they have a place in nature.”
  • March 2017:  The Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor presented by the Colorado Association of Environmental Education (CAEE) each year to an individual for long-term, outstanding achievements and contributions to EE. Enos Mills spent his life discovering and experiencing nature, and working tirelessly to preserve it, by sharing its benefits with others through guiding, writing and photographs. Like Enos Mills, the award recipient has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the field of EE through a body of work.