Interpretive Volunteers: Set the Stage for Success Act I
Presenter: Nancy Bowley, Guest Engagement Docent Manager at Longwood Gardens (retired)
Description: Successful interpretive volunteers start with professional and engaging onboarding.
DIY Unique Displays on a Budget!
Presenter: Kara Okonewski, CIG, Kent County Parks – Howell Mill Nature Center
Description: Learn, share and create with this DIY display session. At the end, each participant will learn a traditional Native American way to wrap the feather for display.
Increasing Minority Visitation to National Parks: What are Partners Saying?
Presenter: Susan Newton, Consultant and Doctoral Candidate at Uni. of Missouri-St. Louis, Heritage Leadership program
Description: Preliminary findings from research into the barriers to, and potential solutions for, increasing visitation to national parks from under-represented communities. Findings suggesting actions for creating real equity and inclusion in national parks and partner communities.
Creating Community Connections: Engaging Middle School Students to Deliver Urban Historical Programming
Presenters: Kaitlyn Dykes: Interpretive Programs Manager, Sarah Zimmerman: Park Superintendent, Amanda Cinque: Teacher, First State Heritage Park, DE
Description: The First State Club was created to get Dover students involved in their local state park. Learn how the program started and how it continues to expand each school year.
Creating Connection in Your Community
Presenter: Angela Yau, Nature Program & Facility Manager, Locust Grove Nature Center, Montgomery Parks
Description: Do you know who you serve? Do you know how they want to be served? We’ll explore how to know your community, create connections, and reap the rewards.
Acquiring and Managing Outreach Animal Collections
Presenters: Kate Fisk, Educator and Animal Curator, Briar Bush Nature Center
Description: Learn how to start or manage an existing education animal collection including permiting, where to get animals, housing, diets, and how to maximize budget with cost-saving tips.
The Art of Constant Improvement: Creating and Maintaining Excellent Programming through Constructive Feedback, Evaluation, and Support
Presenter: Carya (Mike) Cornell, Naturalist Educator – Interpretive
Specialist, Pitsburgh Parks Conservancy – Frick Environ. Center
Description: Develop the best programs and the finest interpreters by creating a culture of constant, supported improvement. Participants will gain tools and techniques to begin cultivating this type of supportive culture at their sites.
It's Pawpaw Y'all: A Native Gem in an Urban Forest
Presenters: Liz Androskaut, Interpretive Programs Manager Alapocas Run and Wilmington State Parks and Barbara Woodford, Interpretive Programs Manager White Clay Creek State Park.
Description: The Pawpaw, a native tree with rich folklore, inspires programs in urban Alapocas Run and Wilmington State Parks. Join us for an overview of interpretive programs and sample pawpaw products!
Early Bird Rates (Register by February 7)
Current NAI Members: $30.00
Current NAI Student Members: $15.00
Regular Rates (Register after February 7)
Current NAI Members: $35
Current NAI Student Members: $20.00
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The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
We're excited to host our Spring 2019 Workshop at this beautiful and ecologically significant site. With over 1000 acres, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is Pennsylvania's largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh. Ten miles of trails meander through a landscape of rare wetland plants, framed by the Philadelphia skyline. The marsh is visited by some 280 species of resident and migratory ducks, herons, and other birds, and is the home of the endangered coastal leopard frog and red-bellied turtle. Explore the park on foot or by canoe.