Webinars

Most months NAI conducts two webinars—one focused on improving the skills of a field interpreter and the other for individuals that may have positions involving interpretive management, media, planning, etc. Webinars are a low-cost way to learn, obtain continuing education hours for your certification, and/or train your staff for less than two hours on a topic that interests them/your site.

Group Discounts

For our Institutional and Commercial members wishing to purchase attendance for multiple staff members: the first registrant will pay normal pricing and each registrant after will pay $20 for one-hour webinars or $30 for two-hour webinars. To setup the discount, please register your first individual, then email webinars@interpnet.com for a promo code for your additional registrants.

Registration

Registration closes 4 hours prior to the start of each webinar. Login information is generally sent the day before the webinar occurs. If you do have trouble prior to the webinar, call Emily at 970-420-1032 and she will try to assist you.

Logging In

Need help logging in to the NAI website to register? Please email login@interpnet.com to have your login credentials reset.

Continuing Education Hours

If you are wishing to gain continuing education for certification from the webinar, you will need to log into the webinar on your own computer. This allows us to verify your attendance and show the hours on your account. 

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 webinars@interpnet.com.

System Test

We conduct our webinars using Adobe Connect and Zoom. Be sure to check your confirmation email for system test information. 

The Ecology of Roll20.net

Brandon Baker
September 28, 2021
10a Pacific/1p Eastern (1.5 hours)
$40 members/$55 non-members
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Roll20.net is an online tabletop platform designed for role playing games. Participate in examples of ecology being taught virtually through a role-playing perspective. Participants will get an introduction to Roll20; group participation in parts of three different ecology lessons; small and large group techniques; and discussion on how it can be implemented at your site.

Brandon Baker is an interpretive naturalist from Three Rivers Park District in Minnesota. Having a strong interest in using technology to connect people to parks, he has led TRPD in using drones, iPads, and other technology in interpretive programs. More recently he has developed a podcast that won an NAI media award and coordinated Three Rivers digital interpretation during the pandemic.


Ugly History: Interpreting Tough Topics 

Dr. Elista Istre
October 14, 2021
12p Pacific/3p Eastern (1 hour)
$35 Members / $50 Nonmembers
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Interpreting historical topics is not for the faint of heart! Interpreters and audiences often become uncomfortable, irritated, and even angry when certain topics are either addressed or ignored. Join us for an interactive discussion on effective methods for individuals and organizations to tackle tough topics.

Dr. Elista Istre, founder and director of Belle Heritage, offers consulting expertise and creates cultural experiences that inspire others to celebrate the beauty of heritage. A former NAI board member and director of the Cultural and Historical Interpretation section, she has worked with many museums, film projects, and books.


 

Virtual Internships: A New Frontier

Sabre Moore
October 28, 2021
12p Pacific/3p Eastern (1 hour)
$35 Members / $50 Nonmembers
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During this session, we will explore the frontier of virtual internships, addressing such questions as project design, mutual goals, communication, university collaboration and course credit, and funding. Participants will receive a copy of the Carter County Museum Virtual Internship manual to use as a blueprint.

Sabre Moore is the Executive Director for the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, Montana. Born and raised on a ranch in Wyoming, Sabre is intimately familiar with rural areas and her work with groups across Montana gives her a special insight into the ways museums can impact communities.


Rising to the Surface: New Visitor Engagement

Therese Huffman
November 3, 2021
12p Pacific/3p Eastern (1 hour)
$35 Members / $50 Nonmembers
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This webinar is a series of case studies showcasing interpretive techniques, styles, etc that resulted in effective visitor engagement. Though through COVID-19, we were cooped up for a period time, it provided the time and opportunity to revisit the way we’ve been approaching our exhibit presentations. 

Therese is principal of Signature Design—a niche, woman-owned business established in 1993. She has over 30 years of international experience in design/build for branding, wayfinding, signage, exhibit and environmental design projects. Therese believes in working across disciplines—alongside architects, engineers, landscape architects, graphic designers, urban planners, and her clients and their communities—together as a team. 


Take Your Show on the Road! Interpretation and Over-the-Road Tours

Kristin Robinson, Elaine Rodriguez, and Rebecca Jaech
November 17, 2021
12p Pacific/3p Eastern (1.5 hours)
$40 members/$55 non-members
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Tour Directors and Guides are interpreters who have taken their skills on the road! Like other forms of 'siteless' interpreters, they do interpretation, but often across larger areas and for longer durations. If you've ever wondered what it's like working in this corner of the industry, join this panel discussion for this webinar that will describe work in the tour operations sector, what impact comes from working for a 'for profit' employer, and what additional considerations there are for interpretive programming. 

Rebecca Jaech is a Certified Interpretive Guide and International Tour Director with over a decade of experience leading groups of students, adults, and families on multi-day over the road tours in locations both foreign and domestic. She specializes in the national parks of the southwest as well as the islands of Hawaii. On over the road tours Rebecca shares her knowledge of these special places through the use of interpretive themes, thereby helping the guest to connect with the multitude of resources all along the way.

Kristin Robinson is a CIG Trainer and Certified Interpretive Trainer with two decades in interpretation and tourism managing guides, developing programs and training tour directors. Her work spanned California State Parks, France, the rivers of Europe, and the Galapagos and focused on topics ranging from palaces and cathedrals to concentration camps and nature preserves. Her passion for helping other guides learn and refine their interpretive technique focuses on using themes, questioning strategies and relevance to make the guest experiences engaging and meaningful.

Elaine Rodriguez is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified International Tour Director with eleven years of experience leading groups of adults and students to destinations in nine countries and twenty-one states. Her commentary covered a wide range of topics and time periods, from royalty and wars, geology and wildlife, to the importance of cuisine in understanding culture. Elaine also has three years of experience in tourism management hiring and training tour directors and guides. Most recently, Elaine has taken her interpretive skills to the online world, creating a series of virtual cultural tours for students across the United States. 

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.

FREE WEBINAR RECORDINGS

 
Picture of the productFrom Fungus Fair to Hummingbird Week: Virtual Interp. Events
Panel Discussion
75 minutes
CE: 1.25
Date: April 12, 2021
Webinar Recording

Interested in moving beyond virtual programming to a full-fledged festival online? Come hear from innovative interpreters from two park agencies on how they did just that and reached thousands of visitors.

Panelists include staff from East Bay Regional Parks and Mecklenberg County Parks.


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Setting yourself up for Success in a Virtual World
Panel Discussion
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: April 5, 2021
Webinar Recording

Come hear from interpreters doing K-12 and public virtual interpretation from across the country. Learn about successful and innovative programs on virtual nature journaling, K-12 engagement in the Everglades, Facebook Live EDVentures from the North Carolina Zoo and much, much more! Discover what it takes to plan for virtual engagement and glean the hard-earned tips and tricks from interpreters who have been making it work, while reaching millions of visitors.

Panelists include staff from East Bay Regional Parks, Everglades National Park and the North Carolina Zoo.


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Picture of the productBest Practices for Digital Engagement
Erin Gates, Roger Gray
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: December 3, 2020
Webinar Recording

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.


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Picture of the productElevating Indigenous Voices
Panel Discussion
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: September 30, 2020
Webinar Recording

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.

Panelists include: Victor Bjelajac (California State Parks); Linda Cooley (Yurok Tribe/COO of Mad River Brewing Company); Skip Lowry (North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks); Marnin Robbins (North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks).

This recording is free to NAI members. The nonmember price will help support the ability for NAI to continue to offer these webinars.


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Picture of the productTime Management for Interpreters
Matt Villamaino
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: August 11, 2020
Webinar Recording

We all have the same amount of time each week to do what needs to be done. Learn how you can use that time more efficiently to become more productive. In addition to covering core time management fundamentals, we will also cover how to integrate the challenges of scheduling while working a public facing job with minimal administrative time.

Matt Villamaino works for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation as the Regional Interpretive Coordinator. His specific interests include planning, training, coaching, and developing non-personal interpretive media.


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Picture of the productRace, Social Justice, and Interpretation
Panel Discussion
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: June 25, 2020
Webinar Recording

Recent events have thrust issues of race and social justice to the forefront of the national conversation, but systemic inequities have been obstacles for generations. Interpreters are uniquely positioned to effect positive change, but what actions can we take, regardless of where we work or what we interpret, to overcome injustice, not only at our sites but throughout society? This panel discussion highlights accomplished interpreters who work to serve underserved populations, promote cultural understanding, and amplify voices for positive change.

Moderated by Parker McMullen Bushman, the Vice President for Programs on NAI’s Board of Directors, and is the chair of NAI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

Panelists include: Jose Chavez (manager of the Reedy Creek Nature Center for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation in Charlotte, North Carolina), Ramsey Harris (Community Program Director at the Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP) in Denver), Elon Cook Lee (Director of Interpretation and Education at the National Trust for Historic Preservation), and Francis Mendoza (Supervising Naturalist at the East Bay Regional Park District in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area), and Robin White (superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site).

This recording is free to NAI members. The nonmember price will help support the ability for NAI to continue to offer these webinars.


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Picture of the productInterpretive Innovation During a Global Pandemic Panel
Panel Discussion
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: May 28, 2020
Webinar Recording

Come join us for a free hour long panel discussion and hear from interpreters across the country about how they have altered and changed their interpretive activities during COVID-19. Learn about technologies such as virtual reality and 3D scanning while also hearing about innovative ways to offer summer camp and interpret to your neighbors using the NextDoor app. Find out what it has been like to work at the first zoo in the U.S. to open after shelter in place orders have been listed. After short presentations by each panelist, we will then host a Q&A period to get your questions answered and learn more from these innovative interpreters!

Panelists come from a variety of organizations across the country including Indiana State Parks, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Hogle Zoo, Legacy 3D, & the Virginia Zoo.


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Picture of the productStaying Virtually Connected with your Audiences
OnCell
60 minutes
Date: May 5, 2020
Webinar Recording

Join NAI partner, OnCell for this free webinar to take a deeper dive into digital experiences with a focus on apps and how to augment or create one fast, but efficiently. Included will be helpful tips on promoting your experiences and choosing the best methods for your organization.

With over thirteen years of experience in the mobile tour market, OnCell understands the power of merging storytelling and technology. OnCell provides solutions that stand alone in their ability to offer historic and cultural destinations a seamless digital experience for visitors both on and offsite. Currently, OnCell has served over 800 subscribers and has launched over 3000 projects worldwide.


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Picture of the productBest Practices for Virtual Learning
Panel Discussion
60 minutes
Date: April 6, 2020
Webinar Recording

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.


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WEB0327204/6/2020 12:00:00 AM
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Immersive At Home Visitors Inside Your Interpretive Site Within 48 Hours With Nothing More Than A Camera and Laptop

Timelooper
60 minutes
Date: April 3, 2020
Webinar Recording

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


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