2023 NAI Chesapeake Region 2 Workshop

2023 NAI Chesapeake Region 2 Workshop

Water Connects Us All

Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Virginia

March 8-10, 2023

Welcome NAI Chesapeake Region 2 invites all interpreters to the beautiful Chincoteague Bay Field Station on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 

Come connect, learn and network on Wallops Island. Our theme, “Water Connects Us All” is designed to help us share our natural and cultural resources through a universal of water that is needed for all life past and present. 

A great venue and generous workshop sponsor, the Chincoteague Bay Field Station provides a wonderful setting, professional meeting spaces, and comfortable residential facilities. 

Workshop Registration Fees

  NAI Member
Nonmember
Student Member
Early Bird Registration, Register by February 3, 2023
Full Registration $240 $315 $175
Single Day Registration  $145 $180 $145
Regular Registration, Register by February 17, 2023
Full Registration  $270 $345 $205
Single Day Registration  $175 $210 $175
Walk-in Registration (if space available ONLY)
Full Registration  $300 $375 $205

Full registration with confirmed attendance will receive 24 hours of continuing education credit for NAI recertification.

CANCELLATIONS must be made in writing by email to sammy.zambon@dcr.virginia.gov no later than February 17, 2023. There will be a non-refundable processing fee of $50. After that date, refunds will be given only by review of the regional leadership.

Venue and Lodging

Located on Wallops Island, VA on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Chincoteague Bay Field Station has a rich preservation history and strong educational mission. The campus includes several dormitories, laboratory buildings, cafeteria and classroom buildings. 

Located very close to the shore between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean expect cooler temps and breezy conditions. Most activities will be indoors but in different buildings. Pack and dress for the weather. 

Lodging

Please reserve lodging when registering. On-site lodging is suite-style dorm rooms in the Red Knott Residence Hall.  Four bedrooms to a suite.  Must bring OWN BEDDING, towels and toiletries. All suites have large shared bathroom. 

Lodging will be $35 per person, per night, double occupancy or $45 per person, per night, single occupancy in a suite with a shared bathroom. Lodging is available Tuesday evening, March 7 through Thursday night, March 9.

Questions? Contact Workshop Chairs

Sammy Zambon  sammy.zambon@dcr.virginia.gov
Yvonne Johnson  nairegion2website@gmail.com - 703-887-8983

Workshop Preview

Meals included in Registration with noted exceptions.

Wednesday, March 8
Welcome and opening remarks and AM concurrent sessions and PM trip to NASA Wallops Island Facility and Visitor Center. See question below in registration for NASA Security Question.

On Wednesday afternoon we will be taking a guided driving tour of the Wallops Island facilities with an awesome photo stop. After the tour we will have time to explore the NASA Wallops Island Visitor Center before returning to the Field Station.

Dinner at Bill's Prime Seafood included in full registration fee, single day registrants can purchase guest ticket. Below you will be asked to select from:

  • Fried Seafood Feast
    • A bowl of clam chowder, fish, crab cake, shrimp, scallops, clam strips and oysters
  • Broiled Seafood Feast
    • A bowl of clam chowder, fish, crab imperial, shrimp, scallops, roasted clams and oysters
  • Herb Roasted Prime Rib
    • A hearty cut, dry rubbed with our house seasoning & slow roasted by our chef’s, served with au jus
  • Herb Roasted Chicken Breast
    • Topped with Boursin crème
  • Pasta with Primavera
    • Angel hair pasta topped with a zesty tomato sauce, sautéed vegetables & Parmesan

All entrees include fresh baked bread, garden salad, chefs potato & vegetable (served family style), and choice of coffee, tea or soda.

Thursday, March 9
AM and PM concurrent sessions, awards lunch, and after dinner live auction and social.

Friday, March 10
Offsite Field Trips

Call for Volunteers

If you are planning on attending the workshop, please also consider volunteering a little of your time to help make this a big splash experience. You can sing up to be a volunteer for any area that interests you when you register. 
Workshop Volunteers needed as:

  • Room Monitor
  • Auction Helper (silent and live auctions)
  • Special events set-up/clean up
  • Registration
  • AV / Tech Support

Questions about Volunteering? Please contact sammy.zambon@dcr.virginia.gov.

What to bring

  • Bedding!! Sheets and Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Towels (Showers located in each suite) soap & shampoo
  • Reusable water bottle and coffee mug
  • Auction Items (see below)
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Warm clothes for evening outdoors (night hikes & campfires) – including hat and gloves and a warm jacket. Toss in a blanket too.
  • All food will be provided. (we’ll carpool in to town. Location TBD)
  • Notebook, camera, binoculars, telescope, id books
  • Required ID for NASA trip (see question during registration)

Call for Auction Items

Spread the word about your great park or museum offerings while supporting the work of Chesapeake, Region 2 and our fundraising work for scholarships and regional support. We will be holding both a silent and live auction. 

Great auction items are as unlimited as your creativity. Here are some ideas to get you started. 

  • Artwork
  • Notecards
  • Jewelry
  • Programs or trips to your parks
  • Wine or spirits
  • Non-perishable food
  • Gift Certificates to your park store
  • Behind the scenes tours & programs
  • Puzzles and games
  • Books – Fiction, non-fiction, ID, How to etc
  • Concert Tickets
  • Restaurant Gift Certificates
  • Friends Group memberships
  • Plants or seeds
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Hand made items – what’s your craft?
  • Interpretive supplies, games and tools

Questions about Auctions? Please contact Chris Kemmerer at: chkemmerer@pa.gov

When
3/8/2023 - 3/10/2023
Where
Chincoteague Bay Field Station 34001 Mill Dam Rd Wallops Island, VA 23337 UNITED STATES
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Program

   

1. Lodging

Description
Please give us your check-in/out dates below.

Lodging must be reserved at time of registration!

On-site lodging is suite-style dorm rooms in the Red Knott Residence Hall. Four bedrooms to a suite.

Must bring OWN BEDDING, towels, and toiletries.

All suites have large shared bathroom.

Lodging will be $35 per person, per night, double occupancy in a suite with a shared bathroom. Lodging is available Tuesday evening, March 7- Thursday night March 9.

Please indicate your roommates name, and check in/out dates below.
Category
1. Lodging
Time
3/7/2023 - 3/10/2023
3/7/2023

Please give us your check-in/out dates below.

Lodging must be reserved at time of registration!

On-site lodging is suite-style dorm rooms in the Red Knott Residence Hall. Four bedrooms to a suite.

Must bring OWN BEDDING, towels, and toiletries.

All suites have large shared bathroom.

Lodging will be $35 per person, per night, double occupancy in a suite with a shared bathroom. Lodging is available Tuesday evening, March 7- Thursday night March 9.

Please indicate your roommates name, and check in/out dates below.
Category
1. Lodging
Time
3/7/2023 - 3/10/2023
3/7/2023

2. Friday Off-Site Trips

Description
Category
2. Friday Off-Site Trips
3/10/2023

Northbound Excursion

"Barrier Island Movement and the Effects of Climate Change on Assateague Island." Park Superintendent, NAI member, and longtime NPS Climate Change Interpreter Hugh Hawthorne will present a program on how climate change is affecting the National Seashore. If horses are in the area there will be a bonus horse program- if not you will get tips on where to find the horses.
Category
2. Friday Off-Site Trips
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3/10/2023 10:30 AM

Southbound Excursion

Brownsville is the headquarters of TNC’s 1,250-acre Virginia Coast Reserve and home base for our outreach & education, land protection, marine habitat restoration, migratory bird conservation, and coastal resilience programs.
Category
2. Friday Off-Site Trips
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3/10/2023 10:30 AM

Northbound Excursion 

After meeting a life-size bust of Harriet herself, rangers will lead our group on a tour of one of the sites most closely associated with her passionate advocacy on behalf of enslaved people.

10:30-11 arrival, 15 min presentation and self-guided tour of the park.
 
March 10th is Harriet Tubman Day
Category
2. Friday Off-Site Trips
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3/10/2023 10:30 AM

Southbound Excursion

The Barrier Islands were once home to vibrant fishing and farming communities, with rich wildlife that attracted people from up and down the East Coast to exclusive hotels and clubs. Look at the Islands' heritage and legacy through the eyes of three individuals who were born here.
Category
2. Friday Off-Site Trips
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3/10/2023 10:30 AM

3. Guest Meal Tickets

Description
Category
3. Guest Meal Tickets
3/8/2023

Category
3. Guest Meal Tickets
3/8/2023

Please select meal option. All entrees include fresh baked bread, garden salad, chefs potato & vegetable (served family style), and choice of coffee, tea or soda.
Category
3. Guest Meal Tickets
3/8/2023

Category
3. Guest Meal Tickets
3/9/2023

Category
3. Guest Meal Tickets
3/9/2023

Category
3. Guest Meal Tickets
3/9/2023

Category
3. Guest Meal Tickets
3/10/2023