Pre-Conference Workshops


Interpreter's Road Show

November 29–30

Monday, November 29
Morning: Living Desert Museum
Afternoon: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
 
Tuesday, November 30
Morning: Mt San Jacinto State Park via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Afternoon: Coachella Valley Preserve

The NCDA Section Roadshow is a long-standing national workshop tradition which delivers interpreters, managers and administrators to several interpretive sites while giving them opportunities to go behind the scenes to meet with staff. The group will speak with administrative and front-line staff from public and private sites, institutions and organizations. Site tours will be conversational and highlight the resources that each site has while also learning about the successes and challenges that each experiences during operation. 

Likely conversation topics may include: volunteer management, program development, marketing, facilities management, master planning, funding development, creating partnerships, exhibit design, habitat management, and human resources.

Target Skill Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Leadership/interpretation management
Objective: Learn from administrative and interpretive peers about how they operate, manage volunteers, deliver environmental education and develop and execute master plans and interpretive plans.

Presenter: Jamie Krupka
Meals Provided: Day 1 (lunch and dinner), Day 2 (lunch)
Transportation: All transportation is included
Minimum Participants: 12
Maximum Participants: 25
Price: $175.00

Interpreter's Road Show

  • 5 of 25 max participants.

The Heat is On

November 29–30

It’s not just the sands of interpretation that are shifting. Shifts in the climate are bringing more severe droughts to the American West, altering the meaning of conservation itself as natural resource managers across the world are facing a future in which some resources cannot be saved. Interpreters play a vital role in engaging audiences on these complex and critical topics. But where do we begin? 

In this highly interactive two-day workshop, we will explore the science and interpretation of global climate change through the lens of ecosystems at Joshua Tree National Park. At the park, you will observe climate impacts and engage in a discussion with interpreters and educators about effective techniques and strategies for interpreting climate change in a hopeful way, for a variety of audiences. Our foundation of connecting local impacts to global earth systems goes beyond drought and can be applied to sites experiencing different impacts of climate change. The workshop will emphasize experiential learning in a collegial environment with peers and scientists. During dedicated project time, you will develop the seed of your own climate interpretation program or product. Abundant interpretive and scientific resources, including NASA media and outreach resources, will be provided. 

Participants will access a private course website with preliminary assignments, as well as a follow-up check-in webinar, that will help you get the most out of your experience. As soon as you register for this workshop, also sign up for a free website account at https://earthtosky.org/why-to-join.html. Your account will grant you access to the course website and preliminary assignments.
 
Target Skill Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Midcareer Interpretation Professional
Objectives: Participants will be able to: Describe a connection between global and local climate changes. Choose communication strategies for target audience. Select relevant NASA/NPS science and education resources. Develop a plan for a climate communication project.

Presenter: Geneviève De Messières
Meals Provided: Day 1 (lunch and dinner), Day 2 (lunch)
Minimum Participants: 10
Maximum Participants: 24
Price: $175

The Heat is On

  • 5 of 24 max participants.

The Cutting Edge

November 30

The Cutting Edge pre-conference workshop is an established tradition that provides interpretive trainers a venue for new ideas, best practices, methods, and techniques used in the Certified Interpretive Guide course. We will spend part of the day sharing our experiences and learning from one another with a facilitated idea-sharing/problem-solving session, so bring anything you want to share. Whether you are a new trainer looking to help illuminate interpretation for students or an experienced trainer seeking fresh ways to enhance and brighten up your course design, we’ve got the sparks for you.  

Target Audience: NAI Certified Interpretive Trainers

Presenter: Jess Niven-Kohring, Marissa Llanes, Ramsey Harris
Meals Provided: lunch on your own
Minimum Participants: 8
Maximum Participants: 24
Price: $25

The Cutting Edge

  • 6 of 24 max participants.

Designing for Accessibility

November 30

Design can become an afterthought when creating interpretive materials, yet is incredibly important to a visitor's experience. Good design builds trust; for example, we rely on cues from design to determine if an email is legitimate. Special consideration must be given to ensure that interpretive materials are available to the broadest audience, including visitors with sensory, motor, or intellectual disabilities. This is more important than ever due to increased demand for virtual engagement opportunities and the fact that virtual environments lack the flexibility of an interpreter to make on-the-spot accommodations. However, these techniques don't just benefit people with disabilities. 

The less time your visitors spend deciphering your materials, the more time they can spend engaging with your content. We will cover types of disabilities, disability ethics, laws and standards related to accessibility, accessibility and universal design principles, and easy-to-use tools for creating quality graphics. This presentation will be appropriate for interpreters from a variety of institutions and backgrounds, but is aimed at smaller institutions without access to a dedicated design team. 

Most tools covered will be free; however, Adobe Acrobat Pro is highly recommended, but not required. By the end of this workshop, participants will have created accessible templates that are consistent with their institution's graphic style.

Target Skill Level: Novice
Target Audience: Midcareer interpretive professional
Objective: Participants will understand how to apply knowledge of accessibility principles and standards to non-personal interpretive materials, including both static (documents and websites) and time-based (video and audio) media.

Presenter: Heather Mortimer
Meals Provided: lunch on your own
Minimum Participants: 10
Maximum Participants: 30
Price: $75

Designing for Accessibility

  • 3 of 30 max participants.

Leading Questions: Supervisory Boot Camp 

November 30

Are you thinking of becoming a supervisor but don’t know where to start your basic training? Do you supervise people and wish you’d had more training before being thrown into the trenches? Has COVID left you second guessing your decisions? Well, then this is the workshop for you. 

Join us for a one-day down and dirty “boot camp” focusing on core skills necessary to lead and manage successful teams and yourself. Priority setting, goal management, crisis management and communication, people management, self-care myth-busting, personal and professional leadership and more are necessary skills for positive, prosperous, and professional leaders. Deep in the trenches we will first explore self, team, and the interrelationships that make for successful collaborative teams. 

Beyond theory, we’ll share our experiences and advice in an atmosphere designed to help you emerge with a personal plan of action as you share your skills and insights with other camp cadets. Think you’ve got what it takes?

Target Skill Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Leadership/interpretation management

Presenter: Lynn Cartmell & Tom Moffatt
Meals Provided: lunch on your own
Minimum Participants: 10
Maximum Participants: 30
Price: $50

Leading Questions: Supervisory Boot Camp

  • 4 of 30 max participants.

Non-Rocket Science Survey and Research Design 

November 30

The basics, on the ground, no budget, how to's of non-rocket science research strategies. This workshop is an interactive exploration of designing appropriate and GOOD research to ask the right questions in the right way to the right people to answer the questions you need answered. Participants will have the opportunity to learn methods and techniques for both quantitative and qualitative research; obtain practice in developing surveys for their own sites; and engage in some basic how tos and practice in interpreting the information you collect and applying it on the ground.

Dr. Stephens is a professor at Stephen F. Austin State University and the Program Director of the online MSRC (Master of Science in Resource Communications). She has been teaching, doing and researching interpretation for the last 25 years.

Dr. Ray Darville is professor of sociology and department chair of the Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Sociology at Stephen F. Austin State University. He teaches courses in social statistics and social science research methods and conducts research in natural resources interpretation and communication and human dimensions.

Target Skill Level: novice/intermediate 
Target Audience: Emerging/new interpreter
Objective: Need some solid data to help your site with management/planning/programming but don't know how to begin? Need a refresher? Join us for a non-rocket science research experience!

Presenter: Dr. Pat Stephens-Williams, Dr. Ray Darville
Meals Provided: lunch on your own
Minimum Participants: 5
Maximum Participants: 20
Price: $50

Non-Rocket Science Survey and Research Design

  • 1 of 20 max participants.
NAI National Conference
Palm Springs, California
November 30–December 4, 2021

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