Best of Denver Webinar Series
March 12, 2020
Virtual Field Trips: Your Site through Skype
8:30a Pacific/11:30a Eastern (1 hr)
Dinosaur National Monument has used the innovative distance education program through Skype in the Classroom since 2015 to connect thousands of students from around the world to dinosaur fossils. As a remote park on the Utah-Colorado border with limited resources, we utilized existing partnerships, free software, cell networks and low-cost equipment to create and conduct Virtual Field Trips. In this presentation, staff from the monument will demonstrate a live portion of the program and discuss our experiences.
Amanda Wilson has been a National Park Service Interpreter since 2008 and has worked on Distance Education for the last five years. She is currently the main contact for Education Programs at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah/Colorado.
Better Outcomes in Environmental Education
Marc Stern & Bob Powell
9:45a Pacific/12:45p Eastern (90 min)
What leads to better outcomes in EE? We will share the results from an unprecedented national study that addresses this question.
Rachel Roth and Lyndzee Rhine
11:30a Pacific/2:30p Eastern (1 hr)
We "destroyed" the housing market, diamonds and toast… is interpretation next? Heck no. Millennial interp will share tips and program successes for reaching young adults.
Rachel Roth is a naturalist at the Great Plains Nature Center with a special fondness for birds and digital interpretation.
A nature nerd through and through, Lyndzee Rhine especially loves fungus and creating digital content.
Beyond the Dominant Narratives of History
2:30p Pacific/5:30p Eastern (90 min)
What are the stories told at your site? Who created or curated these stories? What is "missing" from the public eye? All are invited to explore these challenging questions & more.
Montana Napier currently serves as an Interpretive Specialist with Washington State Parks. While earning her Master’s in Environmental Education, she led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives within place-based nonprofits. She believes that interpreting our histories with greater intention and perspective has the power to reduce racism in our schools, society, and in the natural world.