Concurrent Sessions

Please note: This preliminary schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, December 1


Block 1: 2:45–3:15pm

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

Bringing the Natural World into Classrooms
Steven Schaller
Track: Programs Online/Hybrid

Empathy as a Pathway to Sustainability
Julie Ernst
Track: Research

(Re)Interpreting the so-called "Negro Fort"
Dawn Lawrence, Jeffrey Shanks & Emily McLean
Track: Management Operations

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

Essence & Energy!
Skie Bender
Track: Programs In Person

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

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

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


Block 2: 3:30–5:00pm

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

Interpretation Goes Hollywood
Patrick Scott Haulter 
Track: Programs Online/Hybrid

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

Visual Story Telling Without Fancy Equipment
Nathan Taxel
Track: Media & Technology

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

Every Kid Outdoors, Unmuted
Molly Allen, Chamise Kramer, & Jamie Cleaver
Track: Programs Online/Hybrid

Explore "We The People", Build Civic Capacity
Theresa Coble
Track: Leadership

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

Thursday, December 2


Block 3: 8:30–9:45 am

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

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

Attracting New Audiences
Pam Welisevich & Teresa Root
Track: Programs In Person

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

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

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

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

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


Block 4: 10:00–11:00 am

Interpreting Impacts of Climate Change
Regine Kennedy & Julie Davis
Track: Sustainability

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

Title TBD
Tom Medema
Track: JEDAI/DEI

Understanding Human Impacts on Biodiversity
Lauren Bergh
Track: Programs In Person

Timelooper
Yigit Yigiter & Andrew Feinberg
Track: Media & Technology

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

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

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


Block 5: 11:15am–12:00pm

Taking Interpretation to the Next Level
Paige Castle, Thomas Dunne & Toby Bloom
Track: Media & Technology

From Great Interpreter to Great Supervisor
Jose Luis Chavez
Track: Leadership

Reenactment vs. Living History
John Luzader
Track: Programs In Person

The Heart Mountain Augmented Reality App
Jonathan Amakawa
Track: Media & Technology

Diversity, Access and Environmental Programs
Kelley Anderson 
Track: JEDAI/DEI

Working Independently in Community
Tania Marien
Track: Programs Online/Hybrid

Using Story Slams to Engage Audiences
Gary A. Bremen
Track: Programs In Person

Incorporating Empathy for Animals
Courtney Jackson Cordova 
Track: Programs Online/Hybrid


Block 6: 2:15–3:15 pm

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

Interpretation with Simple Bird Origami
Ken Forman
Track: Programs In Person

Animal Ambassador Welfare in Interpretation
Ian Robert Dorney & Madelyn Sislow
Track: Programs In Person

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

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

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

Diversifying Community Engagement
Caroline Lochner & Cam Juarez
Track: JEDAI/DEI


Block 7: 3:30–4:30 pm

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

Boosting Visitor Engagement with Mobile Tech
Patty Ruland & May Guzman
Track: Media & Technology

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

Reimagining the Niagara Falls Experience
Alan Reed, Orysia Goddard & Ryan Kovak
Track: Management Operations

Shifting to Self-Guided
Annie Hepp & Danielle Bradley
Track: Programs In Person

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

The Power of Partnerships
Claire Ratcliffe
Track: JEDAI/DEI

Friday, December 3


Block 8: 9:45–10:45 am

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

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

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

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

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

Fantastical Forest: Flora and Fauna
Angelina Stancampiano
Track: JEDAI/DEI

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

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


Block 9: 11:00am–12:00pm

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

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

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

Managing the Digital (R)evolution
Kevin Damstra
Track: Management Operations

Smokies Media Studio
Stephanie I. Sutton & Stephanie Kyriazis
Track: Media & Technology

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

Shrinking Treasure: Interp through Action
Derek Clayton, Alicia Thomas, Razia Shafique & Ivette Lopez
Track: Sustainability
NAI National Conference
Palm Springs, California
November 30–December 4, 2021

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