2020 Northwest Region Spring Workshop


How can we make lasting connections? What are the best methods for ensuring quality experiences? How can we make our resources enticing for all? How do we deliver authentic programming that sticks?

March 25, 2020
9:00-5:00 (PST)
A more detailed schedule will be sent out as the workshop draws closer

Attend at one of six sites:

British Columbia
Parks Canada Office - Downtown Vancouver
300-300 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6B6B4
The Parks Canada office is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The room for our workshop is bright and airy with lots of natural light. 

Western Washington
Tacoma Nature Center
1919 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
A facility of Metro Parks Tacoma, National Gold Medal Winner, The Tacoma Nature Center is a 74 acre natural area and interpretive center in the heart of Tacoma working to increase understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The interpretive center offers informative displays, small animal exhibits, a library of field guides, and a small gift shop with nature-themed items for all ages. More than two miles of soft-surfaced walking trails wander through the wetlands and forest areas. There is also a half-mile outdoor access route for wheelchairs. Discovery Pond provides an outdoor play area for children as a bridge to exploring the natural world. A full slate of programs both on and off-site and a nature preschool provide many opportunities for our community to engage with nature.

Central Washington - SITE CANCELLED
Wind Horse Wind and Solar Facility
25901 Vantage Hwy
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Campbell Creek Science Center
5600 Science Center Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99507
The Campbell Creek Science Center engages all learners in outdoor experiences that increase appreciation, connection, and stewardship of Alaska’s public lands and natural resources. The Center is located on the BLM Campbell Tract, a 730-acre parcel of public land with diverse habitats, wildlife, native vegetation and 12 miles of recreational trails in the heart of Anchorage.  It is operated by the BLM Anchorage District Office with assistance from many volunteers and partners. 

Idaho Falls Zoo
2725 Carnival Way
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
With more than 300 individual animals representing 130 species from around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo is known as the "best little zoo in the west." The first zoo in Idaho to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Idaho Falls Zoo currently participates in over 40 Species Survival Plans.

Tillamook Forest Center
45500 Wilson River Hwy
Tillamook, OR 97141
Find Yourself in the Forest at the Tillamook Forest Center. Are you ready for fun and adventure in the forest? The Tillamook Forest Center – Oregon’s forest education and interpretive center – beckons from the lush green landscape from the northern Coast Range. The Tillamook Forest Center’s exhibits and programs showcase the legacy of the Tillamook Burn and the public spirit behind the monumental reforestation effort which led to the Tillamook State Forest of today. Discover the power of fire through our award-winning film Legacy of Fire, the miracle of the salmon lifecycle, and the resilient, dynamic and productive nature of forests. Explore a full-size replica of a fire lookout tower where you can learn about the life of a lookout. Then stroll out onto the suspension bridge and peer into the rushing waters of the Wilson River to spy spawning salmon. The Center is located on the Wilson River Highway (Hwy 6), near mile point 22. For information on hours and days of operation please check our website at tillamookforestcenter.org  or call 503-815-6800.

Workshop Registration: 

$30 rate for Members 
$45 rate for Non-Members 
$10 rate for Remote Keynote Access ONLY (a link to a live stream of the keynote will be e-mailed to you if you select this option. Please be advised that nothing else is included.)

Registration Includes:
- A full day of presentations, engaging open-discussions and inspiring keynotes 
- Off-site options and meet-ups based on the site you select

Workshop Description:

This workshop provides participants an opportunity to discuss new and innovative ways to engage your audience with like minded individuals in a welcoming setting. We will openly explore solutions and share ideas focused on this year's workshop theme “Engaging Your Audience in Memorable Ways”, uniting as interpreters to facilitate meaningful connections with our audiences. With time to learn from professionals in the field, network with fellow educators, explore each unique host site, and attend off-site field trips, this is sure to be a memorable experience. We look forward to meeting each of you, and providing you with new skills and suggestions for your future programs and interactions.      

Cancellation Policy: 

Refunds will be given until March 15th with a $10 cancellation fee. After this date, refunds will be given only by review of the Northwest Region Workshop Committee. All refunds will be processed after the event.

For cancellations, questions, and other needs please contact Region Deputy Director John Morris at nairegion10.depdirector@gmail.com or Workshop Chair Alysa Adams at nairegion10.electionschair@gmail.com 

Presenter Info:

Do you want to be a presenter at this year’s workshop? If you have experiences to share, expert training you can provide, our breakout sessions or activities you can lead related to our workshop theme, we encourage you to apply! Please complete and submit this application online by March 4th. Material will be reviewed and presenters will be notified by March 11th.

Apply to be a presenter!

Scholarship Info:

We have scholarships available to attend this workshop! Apply by March 7th for the opportunity to earn up to $200 toward workshop registration and lodging for either site. For more information, contact David Ranseen, Scholarship Chair at nairegion10.scholarships@gmail.com

Apply for a scholarship here!

Membership Awards: 

We also will be awarding 2 Memberships to NAI for attendees at the workshop. To apply for a membership apply using the form below by March 17. If you have questions, contact Sabrena Pitcher, Awards Chair at nairegion10.awards@gmail.com.  You MUST attend the workshop in order to be eligible for a free membership.

Apply for a membership here!

Sponsorship Info:

The Northwest Region Workshop is a great way to reach out to area interpreters and their organizations. We are looking for sponsors to help offset the cost of the workshop and support local interpreters! We couldn’t do it without you. A sponsorship of ANY amount is appreciated. Sponsorship benefits include: 

- Recognition and advertisement in workshop materials at either or both workshop sites. 
- Recognition on website and social media for NAI Northwest Region throughout the period leading up to the workshop and during the workshop.
- Free registration for one person to attend (Denali level sponsorship)

For more information, check out our sponsorship form here:

Sponsor the Northwest Region Workshop! 

Thank you so much for your interest in NAI Northwest Region! We hope to see you at the Spring Workshop on March 25, 2020. This is sure to be an educational and memorable experience.  
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