2019 Annual Meeting – Spokane, WA

February 4th, 2020


Spokane, Washington
September 17-20, 2019
with optional Pre-Conference Tour on September 17
and optional Post-Conference Workshop on September 20

Registration Fees:

Annual Meeting Program $335
After August 16: $375
Includes all sessions, welcome reception, two continental breakfasts, and two lunches.

Pre-Conference Tour $65
Includes lunch, snacks, and transportation.

Post-Conference Workshop $45
Includes lunch and professional development workshop materials.

Students, Spouses and Other Guests $175
Includes Welcome Reception and breakfasts and lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students, spouses, and other guests of EDEN participants may register separately for the pre-conference tour and post-conference workshop.

***Washington State Univ. Employees register by emailing Maria Anguiano***

Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Cancellation/Refund Policy

If cancellation becomes necessary, please send a notification to cmsanders@wsu.edu and m.anguiano@wsu.edu. Cancellations received no later than September 3, 2019, will receive a refund minus a $75 administrative fee.

Meeting Agenda


7:00 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast (For Tour Registrants Only)
8:00 – 5:00 Pre-Conference Tour
6:00 – 8:00 Welcome Reception



7:00 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 Annual Meeting Kick-Off
Cheryl Skjolaas, EDEN Chair, and Mike Gaffney, Interim Director of Washington State University Extension
8:30 – 9:00 USDA/NIFA Update
Beverly Samuel, CFCS, National Program Leader, Housing and Community Living Division of Family and Consumer Sciences, USDA National Institute
of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
9:00 – 9:45 Keynote Presentation
Fred Schlutt, Retired, Former Vice Provost for Extension and Outreach at University of Alaska Fairbanks
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:45 Plenary Discussion: Directors’ Panel – A View and Vision of Extension’s Role in Disaster Education
10:45 – 11:15 EDEN 101 and EDEN 201
11:15 – 12:00 Committee Meetings:
Professional Development
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 Committee Meetings:
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Community Development
Family Consumer Science and 4-H Youth Development
1:45 – 2:30 Poster Session
2:30 – 3:15 Business Meeting: EDEN FADI Project Update and New Business
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:00 Exercise
5:30 – 7:00 Movie and Game Night **OPTIONAL**



7:00 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:55 Business Meeting
Committee Updates and Annual Meeting Update
9:00 – 9:45 Concurrent Session I
A. Large Animal Welfare, Behavior and Handling Workshops: Extension Reaching New Audiences
B. Sustaining Emotional Well-Being
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:45 Concurrent Session II
A. Engraining Biosecurity Best Practices in the Next Generation of Livestock Producers
B. It’s Not All Child’s Play and a Day at the Beach!
10:50 – 11:35 Concurrent Session III
A. Alaska’s Extension Response to the 2018 Cook Inlet Earthquake
B. Extension Disaster Capacity Planning at Washington State University
11:40 – 12:25 Concurrent Session IV
A. Oso Mudslide – Presentation – Title TBD
B. Mental Health First Aid Workshops to Address Mental Health Needs Following FL Hurricanes
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and Presentation of Certificates and Awards
1:30 – 2:15 Concurrent Session V
A. Proving Interstate Mutual Aid in Times of Need
B. Disasters Happen – The Role of Cooperative Extension in Dealing with Disasters in California
2:20 – 3:05 Concurrent Session VI
A. Science During Crisis: the 2015 Idaho Wildfires
B. Weather Ready Landscapes Infographic Series: A Look at the Resources and Lessons Learned in Development
3:05 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:15 Plenary Discussion II:
4:15 – 5:00 Capstone Speaker:
5:00 – 5:15 Wrap-up and Adjournment



7:00 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast (For Workshop Registrants Only)
8:00 – 12:00 Post-Conference Workshop:
12:00 – 1:00 Boxed Lunch Served
Participants are encouraged to stay and eat your lunch while continuing the conversation, but feel free to take it to-go and head to the
airport. The boxed lunch is included in the post-conference registration

Pre-Conference Tour

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration Required.
Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included in Registration.
$65 Registration Fee

Come explore the Spokane Valley this September, where we will begin the day by visiting Avista Corporation, an American energy company. Avista provides electric service to more than 600,000 electric and natural gas customers across 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon.

Our second stop during our expedition will take us on a drive along the Spokane River to a cliff-top setting that will take your breath away — and your appetite too as we stop for some local fare for lunch at a local winery.

After touring a crown jewel of the Inland Northwest, we’ll make our way to Felts Field Airport for a behind the scenes tour. At the conclusion of the tour, participants will arrive back to the hotel in plenty of time for the opening reception.

Post-Conference Workshop

Friday, September 20, 2019
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – Boxed Lunch Served
Registration Required.
$45 Registration Fee

Building and Implementing Locally Based Table Top Exercises for Community Resources: A Hands on Workshop for Extension Professionals

Presenters: Mike Gaffney and Christina Sanders, Washington State University Extension

Disasters occur in all corners of the nation, and while there are numerous resources available for exercises, there are rarely tabletop exercises that match up with risks and resources available in local communities. As Extension Professions work with diverse audiences and communities, customized exercises that reflect the realistic hazards and resources help identify gaps and needs in preparation.

This workshop will focus on the development of exercises that activate non-first response agencies and functions that community members might be covering. These exercises will be valuable tools for COAD Groups, Social Service Networks and other coalitions that may want to understand the types of needs the community will have after a disaster.

This workshop will lead participants through the planning and implementation processes of a customized tabletop, specific to their area. Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify Audience/Participants in the “Tabletop”
  • Review Participant’s primary role in disaster scenario
  • Determine the type, magnitude and scope of the tabletop “disaster”
  • Write up the exercise materials including initial script, injects and hot wash questions that will engage participants and their resources
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the exercise and determine ways to make future community based exercises more beneficial.

Hotel & Transportation

The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection
10 South Post Street
Spokane, Washington 99201

In order to receive the group rate of $105.00 per night, you must make your reservation through The Historic Davenport and the EDEN Room Block. Reservations made with outside travel agencies, including online services, cannot be switched to the group rate. The group rate is set at the US General Services Administration (GSA) federal hotel rate for Spokane.

The Historic Davenport is a Marriott property.

All reservations must be made here.

Room block expires on August 16, 2019.

Transportation Information

Spokane International Airport (GEG) is located approximately 7 miles from The Historic Davenport Hotel. Transportation options between the airport and hotel include:

  • Hotel Provided Airport Shuttle Service – reservation required – fee $25 USD (one way) Shuttle Phone: +1 509 455-8888
  • Taxi – estimated fare $25 USD (one way)
  • Bus Service – estimated fare $10 USD (one way)
  • Ride Share (Uber and Lyft) – estimated fare $15-20 (one way)