Concurrent Sessions

Please note: This preliminary schedule is subject to change.

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Wednesday, December 1

(All Wednesday sessions are in person) 

2:45–4:15pm

Confluence: Social Justice & High Risk Interp
Catherine Brenner Orland
JEDAI/DEI

Hiding in Plain Sight: Camouflage Activities
Teresa Root & Pam Welisevich
In-Person Programs

Boosting Visitor Engagement with Mobile Tech
Alexandra Harper & May Guzman
Media & Technology

2:45–3:15pm

Creating Community: Strength in Collaboration
Julie Ann Ostrem & Glen Hvengaard & Elizabeth Halpenny
Research

Essence & Energy!
Skie Bender
In-Person Programs

3:30–4:15pm

Working Independently in Community
Tania Marien
Online/Hybrid Programs

Reenactment vs. Living History
John Luzader
In-Person Programs

Empathy as a Pathway to Sustainability
Julie Ernst
Research


Thursday, December 2


8:30–9:30am

IN-PERSON SESSIONS

Timelooper
TBA
Media & Technology

Nature Center Issues and Solutions Round Table
Jill Snyder, Pat Silovsky, Jamie Krupka & Sarah Sandoval
Management Operations

Interpretation with Simple Bird Origami
Ken Forman
In-Person Programs

Shifting the Spectrum for Adaptive Events
Kelley A. Brugmann
JEDAI/DEI

Incorporating Empathy for Animals
Courtney Jackson Cordova 
Online/Hybrid Programs

VIRTUAL SESSIONS

Intertpretive Planning in the Galapagos
Audrey Ramsey
Tourism

Large Events as Educational Opportunities
Sarah Baillie
Sustainability

From SPORE to MORE
Melissa Blank, Alison Dubbert & Jamie Hubert
Online/Hybrid Programs

Put it in Print Without Breaking the Bank 2.0
Ray Radigan
Management Operations

Diversifying Community Engagement
Caroline Lochner & Cam Juarez
JEDAI/DEI

John Muir & Racism: Exploring the Controversy
Kelli English, Shelton Johnson & Kara Stella
JEDAI/DEI

9:45–10:45am

IN-PERSON SESSIONS

From Great Interpreter to Great Supervisor
Jose Luis Chavez
Leadership

The Perfect Interpretive Love Child
Kyrie Kellett, Abigail Gwinn & Alia Carter
Management Operations

Exploring on Their Own: Thematic Backpacks
Katie Raney & Tara Humphreys
In-Person Programs

Using AR to Create Interpretive Experiences
Mary Clark, Tracey Albreicht & Deanne Dedmon
Media & Technology

Understanding Human Impacts on Biodiversity
Lauren Bergh
In-Person Programs

VIRTUAL SESSIONS

Adapting Techniques for the Virtual CIG
Megan Trumper & Brian Mast
Online/Hybrid Programs

Métis Crossing: Listening, Coaching, Planning
Mike Mayer, Bill Reynolds & Krista Leddy
Management Operations

Podcasts: The Best Thing You're Not Doing
Michael Faist & Andrew Smith
Media & Technology

The Illinois Nature Notebook Project
Samantha Lindgren, Amanda Nieves, Meghan McLeary, Susan Gasper, Abigail Garofalo & Nina Baki
In-Person Programs

Accessibility for All!
Kevin Sweeney & Peetz Brouillette 
JEDAI/DEI

11:00am–12:00pm

IN-PERSON SESSIONS

Interpretation in Higher Education
Elizabeth LaRochelle, Patti Reilly, Susan Scott & Kristin Szylvian
Tourism

Fantastical Forest: Flora and Fauna
Angelina Stancampiano
JEDAI/DEI

The Curious Interpreter: Finding Inspiration
Mary McCormac, Bevin Carithers & Jennifer Anderson
In-Person Programs

Nature On Wheels- Connections on the Go!
Angela Yau
Media & Technology

Reimagining the Niagara Falls Experience
Kaitlin M. Pravetz, Alan Reed, Orysia Goddard & Ryan Kovac
Management Operations

VIRTUAL SESSIONS

Creating Connection Between Park & Classroom
James Fester
Online/Hybrid Programs

Paradigm shift: Expanding Visitor Experience Design
Mike Mayer & Jon Kohl
Leadership

Interpreting Impacts of Climate Change
Regine Kennedy & Julie Davis
Sustainability

Making Research Relevant to the Field
Chuck Lennox, Robert B. Powell & Dr. Marc Stern
Management Operations

Testing Assumptions, Engaging Communities
Siobhan Starrs & Jennifer Collins
JEDAI/DEI

What's new in Federal Interpretation
Interpretive leads: FS, FWL, NOAA, Army Corp, NPS, BLM 
SPECIAL

2:45–3:45pm

IN-PERSON SESSIONS

Effective Tribal Collaboration
Kimberly Mae Loureiro & Willie Pink
JEDAI/DEI

Managing the Digital (R)evolution
Kevin Damstra
Management Operations

There's Science in These Stories!
Kayla Marie Bordelon
In-Person Programs

Mindfulness in Nature... Online
Brian Janson
Online/Hybrid Programs

The Heart Mountain Augmented Reality App
Jonathan Amakawa
Media & Technology

Advisory Council Meeting

4:00–5:00pm

IN-PERSON SESSIONS

Build Regional Hubs of Climate Communication
Geneviève De Messières, Rick Fritsch, Kayla Bordelon & Brad Davey
Management Operations

NAI and the World
Chuck Lennox & Dr. Amy Lethbridge
Leadership

Blindspots to Inclusion in the Outdoors
Karlisa Callwood
JEDAI/DEI

Virtual Collaboration: Interns & Volunteers
Ellen Duncan EdD & Pamela Blair-Bruce
Online/Hybrid Programs

Shifting to Self-Guided
Annie Ellison & Danielle Bradley
In-Person Programs

Impromptu Hike, Let's Go Outside!
Jay T. Schneider
In-Person Programs


Friday, December 3


8:30–9:00am
VIRTUAL SESSIONS

LGBTQ Tours at the British Museum
Stuart Michael Frost
In-Person Programs

Virtual Nature Journal Workshop: Behind-the-Scenes
Erica Stephens
Online/Hybrid Programs

Shifting My Story: Redefinining Climate Change
Daniel John Lombardi
Sustainability

COVID Safety Concerns by Visitors & Staff
Glen Hvenegaard, Kate Corrigan
Research

8:30–10:00am
IN-PERSON SESSIONS

The Force is Strong: Exploring JEDAI & Interp
Sarena Randall Gill & Kevin Wright

Visual Story Telling Without Fancy Equipment
Nathan Taxel

Parks in Focus: A Snapshot of the Future
Bret Allen Muter, Caroline Lochner & Cam Juarez

Explore "We The People", Build Civic Capacity
Theresa Coble

Attracting New Audiences
Pam Welisevich & Teresa Root

9:15–10:15am
VIRTUAL SESSIONS

The Power of Partnerships
Claire Ratcliffe
JEDAI/DEI

Partner for Online Interactive Learning
Jamielyn Daugherty, Kaydie McCormick, Eva Pabon & John Roberts
Management Operations

Conversation & Conflict Control
Adam Senior
Leadership

National Park Service Forum
SPECIAL

Taking Interpretation to the Next Level
Thomas Dunne & Toby Bloom
Media & Technology

10:15–10:45am
IN-PERSON SESSIONS

Collaborations Are "For the Birds"
Rhana Smout Paris
In-Person Programs

Analog Interpretation in a Digital Age
Jim Covel & Cary Goulard
Online/Hybrid Programs

Interpretation and Youth in Political Crisis
Valeria Kiltsounova, PhD.
Leadership

Write for Legacy Magazine
Paul Caputo
Media & Technology

10:30–11:30am
VIRTUAL SESSIONS

Interpretation Goes Hollywood
Patrick Scott Haulter
Online/Hybrid Programs

The Shifting Sands of Assateague Island
Hugh J. Hawthorne
Management Operations

Interpretation when Your World is on Fire
Jenny Kirk & Christy Brigham
In-Person Programs

Diversity, Access and Environmental Programs
Kelley Anderson
JEDAI/DEI

Forest Service Forum
SPECIAL

11:00am–12:15pm
IN-PERSON SESSIONS

Strengthening Tourism with Interpretation
Dr. Amy Lethbridge, Tracey Gage, Viola Lewis, Venicio Wilson & Maricar Donato
Tourism

Crisis Leadership: Tips from the Field
Dr. Tom Moffatt & Dr. Lynn Cartmell
Leadership

Collaborative Narration: A JEDAI Framework
Shelbie Lorraine Porter & Brian Forist
JEDAI/DEI

Immersive Role-Playing Story Interpretation
Kirk Carter Mona & Brett Sieberer
In-Person Programs

The "YOU" in YouTube- A Cult of Personality
Andrew Michael Rossi
Media & Technology

11:45am–12:45pm
VIRTUAL SESSIONS

Interpretive Tree Talk with NASA & GLOBE
Kristen Weaver, Brian Campbell & Heather Mortimer
In-Person Programs

Interpreting the Past Together in Minecraft
James B. Schwaderer & Lynette Webber
Media & Technology

Shrinking Treasure: Interp through Action
Derek Carr, Alicia Thomas, Razia Shafique & Ivette Lopez
Sustainability

Try Pie for Engagement
Dr. Jacquie Gilson
Online/Hybrid Programs

Socially Distant, Culturally Responsive
Keliann LaConte & Ratcliffe Adams
JEDAI/DEI


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