People First: Interpreting for People with Disabilities
February 23, 2017
10:00a Pacific/1:00p Eastern (90 minutes)
Visitors attending programs should feel inspired, including visitors with disabilities. Certain techniques apply: treat people respectfully, use “people-first language”, use descriptive language, and tactile objects. Technology such as tablets and assisted- listening devices can also provide an inclusive interpretive experience.
Lori Brosnan has worked for the NPS at Alcatraz Island for 29 years & teaching and interpretation. In June 2012, Lori was certified as an accessibility trainer so that Alcatraz would be an inclusive experience for all visitors.
Jim Nelson has worked as an Interpreter for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy for 19 years. He loves bringing the stories of Alcatraz alive for park visitors. Jim has underdeveloped optic nerves, which resulted in "low vision." He has used this knowledge to teach interpretation for several years and accessibility for nearly four years.
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Reprising NAI 2016's most popular concurrent sessions
March 9, 2017
Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: Increasing Cultural Competency for Better Interpretation
8:00am Pacific / 11:00am Eastern (90 min)
C. Parker McMullen Bushman
How can we be more effective interpreters with participants from cultures other than our own? In this webinar participants will hear tips and techniques for examining their personal cultural competence, increasing their ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with all people.
Charnell Parker McMullen Bushman is the Education Director for the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. Her background in in the environmental education and interpretive fields spans over 16 years. Parker’s interest in inclusion and equity issues developed from her personal experiences facing the drastic lack of diversity in the environmental organization and green spaces.
GeoTours and GeoTrails: Bridging People, Places, and Ideas
10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern (60 min)
Larry Perez, Jill Snyder and Jenn Seva
Parks are increasingly embracing geocaching to reach visitors. This session will explore how parks are working through partnerships in the development of GeoTours and GeoTrails as a way of scaling visitor experiences to include larger landscapes and explore bigger ideas.
Each of us is a naturalist, an educator and also a geocacher: Larry Perez is a Climate Coordinator for the Climate Change Response Program with the National Park Service in Colorado. Jill Snyder is the Senior Naturalist at Highbanks Metro Parks for Columbus and Franklin Country Metro Parks, Ohio. Jenn Seva is Senior Manager of Travel & Tourism for Geocaching Headquarters in Washington DC.
Messaging and Merchandising: An Interpretive Store Case Study
11:30am / 2:30pm Eastern (60 min)
Sarah Lisle, Tony Lucio, & Scott Whitener
Parks constantly balance priorities that don’t always align with interpretive goals. Learn how one Texas park blended two—concessions and interpretation—into a store experience that gives visitors both interpretive opportunities and theme-driven mementos and supplies for purchase.
Sarah Lisle is the Director of Interpretation at the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area Alliance in Atlanta, GA.
Scott Whitener is Park Superintendent at South Llano River State Park in Junction, TX with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Antonio (Tony) Lucio is Revenue Resources Manager with Texas Parks and Wildlife in Austin, TX.
Lessons Learned from the Performing Arts that Make Your Presentations Shine
1:00pm Pacific / 4:00pm Eastern (60 min)
Lisa Borok and Elise McFarland
Performing artists hone physical, mental and verbal skills and are trained to protect their “instruments” from work related injuries. Interpreters can borrow from these practices to take presentations to a new level and extend their longevity in the field.
Elise McFarland works as an interpreter for California State Parks at Carnegie SVRA. With a degree in theater and ten years performing as a member of an improvisational troupe, she wants to share the way her theater background has been useful in her sixteen years as an interpreter.
Lisa Borok wears professional hats as an independent interpretive consultant and a Park Interpretive Specialist at the California Railroad Museum. Dancing and singing since the age of four, she’s employed these techniques throughout her twenty five year interpretation career.
Paradigm Shift: Tour Evolution at a Young Museum
2:30pm Pacific / 5:30pm Eastern (90 min)
After an interpreter was hired to oversee school and public tours at the National World War II Museum, volunteers who had shared their expansive knowledge of WWII through walking lectures were re0tasked to engage visitors through interpretive techniques and tours were refashioned thematically
Walt Burgoyne (Michigan State B.Sc Biology and Park Administration; University of Florida M.Ed Science Education) worked for 25 years in 7 zoos as a volunteer, intern and staffer, followed by NPS and USFWS service. He then shifted to historical interpretation at The National World War II Museum. After 11 years service, he is now the Asst. Director of Education for Interpretation, developing tours and training docents.
Reflecting on Practice: How people learn research discussion
March 14, 2017
10:00a Pacific/1p Eastern (1 hr)
Lindzy Bivings & Daniel Zeiger
Registration coming soon
How do you think people learn? How do you promote better learning in informal science learning environments? Join this interactive webinar to talk with other informal educators about current research on how learning happens and how to support learning. The learning sciences offer insights and evidence on how learning occurs across multiple timeframes and settings. Participants will talk about foundational ideas on learning, explore practical implications of current research, and share strategies for transforming practice. This webinar is an adaption of a Research Discussion from Reflecting on Practice, professional learning program specifically designed for adoption by informal science learning environments so that all educators in the organization can participate and learn together.
Lindzy Bivings is the Senior Manager of School & Community Programs at the California Academy of Sciences. She oversees multilingual field trips, distance learning, educator professional development, and family events. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and an M.S. in Science Education from Oregon State University.
Daniel Zeiger is the Assistant Director for Children and Family Learning at the American Museum of Natural History. He spends the bulk of his time encouraging young children to engage with the natural world while working to build institutional capacity to reach children from all walks of life. He holds a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Haverford College and a Masters in Museum Education Leadership from Bank Street College of Education.