Webinars

Please note: Registration closes 4 hours prior to the start of each webinar. Login information will be sent after registration closes. If you do have trouble prior to the webinar, call Emily at 970-420-1032 and she will try to assist you.

Each hour of webinar is worth one continuing education credit.

Webinar Group Discounts: For our Institutional and Commercial members wishing to purchase attendance for multiple staff members in one of our webinars: the first registrant will pay normal member pricing and each registrant after will run $20 for one hour webinars or $30 for two hour webinars. Anyone wishing to gain Certification hours from the webinar will have to login to the webinar on their own computer. This allows us to verify that they were in attendance and show the hours on their account. To setup the discount, please register your first individual, then email JKing@interpnet.com for a promo code for additional registrants.

Webinar Cancellation Policy: NAI will accept registration cancellations or changes, in writing, up to 5 business days prior to a webinar. Participants can choose to change their registration to a different webinar of equal or lesser value (no fee), or receive a refund ($5 processing fee). Registrants who are unable to participate after the cancellation deadline will be sent a link to the recording of the webinar, when available. Changes and cancellations should be emailed to registration@interpnet.com.

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Best Practices of Digital Engagement

December 3, 2020
3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern (1 hour)
FREE for NAI members, $10 for nonmembers
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Now that the world is digital, let’s be sure that we are looking our best during our video conference presentations, programs, and meetings! Discover some tips and tricks for delivering online interpretive programming, both from your computer, and live, in the field.  

Erin Gates, California State Parks Interpreter, has been providing digital interpretive programs via videoconferencing and livestreaming since 2015.  As Hearst Castle PORTS Program Presenter, Erin provided live interactive programs from the site to over 8,000 students/year.  She now acts as a PORTS Program Coordinator, and supports over 30 parks in the development, design and delivery of digital interpretive programming.
Roger Gray has been a living history interpreter for more than 30 years: A broomsquire, blacksmith, naturalist, Master Gardener, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide, and an interpretive volunteer at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Currently a retired middle-school teacher, he is a long time speaker and teacher of first-person historical interpretation and has been teaching and interpreting extensively and exclusively remotely since March 2020.


Climbing the Summit: How to get a Federal Job - WEBINAR FULL

Marie Malo
December 8, 2020 
10a Pacific/1p Eastern (90 min)
FREE

Interpreters will learn about USAJobs website and become more proficient in their resume and interview skills to get their first or higher level federal positions, particularly in the National Park Service.

Marie Malo is a interpretation supervisor/park ranger at the Grand Canyon. She has been an interpreter for fifteen years, five with the US Forest Service and ten, working for the National Park Service. Her greatest goal as a leader is to promote learning, growth, and inclusion with her team members, visitors, partners, stakeholders and now, you!

Left Out: Furthering Conservation by Women 

December 15, 2020
10a Pacific/1p Eastern (90 MIN)
Rebecca Christoffel and Jean Eells
Registration to come.

Neurological differences in women and men lead to mismatched communication styles, and a plethora of miscommunications and missed opportunities. Learn of these brain differences and techniques you can use to ensure you effectively reach all audience members with the message you intend to send.

Dr. Rebecca Christoffel founded Christoffel Conservation in 2015 to further her work on the human dimensions of natural resource management and conservation. She has worked with E Resources Group, LLC on a variety of projects pertaining to better serving female landowners with conservation issues and opportunities.
 
Dr. Jean Eells started E Resources Group, LLC in 1997 when there were few opportunities for women in conservation in rural Iowa. She has created space for her own work and supported others through interpretation and evaluation.
 


Create Multilevels within your Volunteer Core 

January 19, 2020 
10a Pacific/1p Eastern (90 MIN)
Jane Silberstein, Pamela Byrnes and Simone Mortan 
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Volunteer trainers with over 70 years of combined experience will show you how to create ladders of opportunities, increase your capacity and vitalize your volunteer programs within the lens of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs within your programs.

Simone Mortan, CIT worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for over 24 years.  For the last 14 years she was the manager of the volunteer guide program. She has a long history in the field of interpretation and storytelling.

Jane Silberstein, CIT, (M.S.) was senior interpreter at Monterey Bay Aquarium for over 30 years until Covid19. Teaching CIT course embedded in Environmental Interpretation and Outreach at CSUMB. Love teaching marine science, interpretation and social justice to anyone who will participate.

Pamela E. Byrnes – Currently the Volunteer Training Supervisor, Monterey Bay Aquarium (15 years at MBA providing interpretive training to volunteer guides and trainers.).  Twenty years as Marine Biologist/Interpreter for Oceanic Society, O.S Expeditions, Earth Watch, Reef Promotions. Led natural history and research trips to Mexico, Australia, California and Bahamas.
 
 
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Elevating Indigenous Voices in Interpretation
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FREE for members / $15 nonmembers

Using interpretation to amplify Indigenous voices provides spaces for healing and education within the local Indigenous and wider communities. This panel discussion will highlight a unique partnership between California’s largest Native American tribe, the Yurok Tribe, and California State Parks. These two entities have been working together for over three decades to make parks relevant through elevating the voices of the people who have cared for these landscapes since time immemorial. 

Panel Moderator Erin Gates serves as an NAI Board Member and Director of the Wild West Region. In her capacity as a California State Parks Interpreter II Program Coordinator for the Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) Program, she assists the North Coast Redwoods District with amplifying Indigenous voices through digital interpretive programming to reach K12 students throughout California and the United States. 

Victor Bjelajac has been with California State Parks since 2007. His collaborative resource work and partnership focus for land management across jurisdictions began in earnest in 2008 and includes work with local tribes; federal, state, and local agencies; as well as non-profit organizations. 

Linda Cooley is a proud Yurok Tribal member, and is COO of Mad River Brewing Company, owned by the Yurok Agricultural Corporation. She also serves as Deputy Director of the Yurok Economic Development Corporation focused on tourism, marketing, and branding. 

Skip Lowry is an interpreter within the North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks. He is one of the first Yurok Tribal descendants to be hired as an interpreter in California State Parks history. His life experience within the culture brings unique and transformational experiences to every aspect of his work. He has an AA degree and is pursuing a BA in Native American Studies at Humboldt State University.
 
Marnin Robbins is the interpretive program manager for the North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks. His team conveys the story of the tallest trees on Earth and the people who have lived among them. He has worked in the interpretive profession for 26 years, and holds an MS in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation (Humboldt State University, 2005).

Closed for Business. Open for Impact.

Immersive At Home Visitors Inside Your Interpretive Site Within 48 Hours With Nothing More Than A Camera and Laptop
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With your doors closed for the foreseeable future, how can you maintain (or even expand) relationships with your community? As part of our effort to bring more free, timely programs to our members, NAI presents a webinar hosted by one of our corporate partners, TimeLooper, where we will explore the power of virtual reality and use cases in the current environment and practical ways to get your site online within 48 hours.

Learn how to share your experiences, educational plans, living history, and natural beauty with key stakeholders who are stuck at home, including:

  • Families with kids dealing with cabin fever
  • Educators forced into distance-based learning
  • Topic enthusiasts and institution members searching for engagement

In this Zoom-based webinar, TimeLooper will discuss (and answer questions on) the following topics: 

  • Best practices on how (and why) to build VR-based immersion experiences
  • Types of experiences you can easily develop
  • Easy off the shelf tools to consider
    - Hardware (how to capture footage)
    - Distribution platforms (how to share the content)
  • Creative tips on how to make content more meaningful

Best Practices for Going Virtual: Staying Engaged with our Visitors During Difficult Times

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Do you find yourself wondering how to best engage with your visitor while your facility is closed or with limited staff? If so, join us for this free webinar and learn from a series of panelists on how they’ve been using Skype, Facebook Live and Twitter both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their thoughts, see some of their ideas (have you seen the penguins wandering around the Shedd Aquarium yet?) and get your questions answered during this discussion with Q&A.

Panelists will come from across the profession of interpretation including the Shedd Aquarium, National Park Service, California State Parks and Big Horn Radio Network.
 
 

Previous Webinar Recordings

Not seeing what you were hoping for as an upcoming webinar? It might be because we have actually already covered that topic before but now have it available as a recording in our webinar archive. Click here to access the recordings of previous sessions and purchase them at a discount rate.

 





Webinars in Spanish

The PUP Global Heritage Consortium and NAI offer Spanish webinars on topics related to heritage interpretation. NAI membership discounts apply. To view upcoming offerings, visit PUP online.

NAI Members, click here to get your discount code.


See an introductory video narrated by Sam Ham.