Four Corners Region Workshops

Four Corners Region Workshops

Navigating Turbulent Waters: Interpreting Challenging Topics in the West

August 22–29, 2023

Virtual & Multiple Locations in Arizona and Colorado



The states of the Four Corners Region are unique and vibrant in their own ways, and also united in needing to interpret challenging topics for our visitors and communities. This workshop will explore the many ways colleagues and leaders in the region are rising to demystify these hot button issues, with a different focus for each on-site location.

We invite you to join your Four Corners regional team and fellow interpreters to learn from professionals in our field, with special presentations from keynotes you will not want to miss! There will also be time to network with fellow educators, meet NAI Board Members, and hear updates from our Region Director. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces!


Virtual Option

August 22 and August 29 on Zoom

Southern Arizona (Basin and Range)

Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson, AZ
August 22–23

Colorado Front Range

Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs, CO
August 24 

Northern Arizona (Colorado Plateau)

Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon Village, AZ
August 25–26

Registration Information

In-Person Registration

In-person registration includes:

  • Access to all virtual presentations, including keynote speakers and social activities, and other resources
  • Session recordings
  • In-person field excursions, light snacks, and in-person concurrent sessions at chosen site.

NAI Members: $40 for one location, $20 for each additional location (you can attend more than one!)
Nonmembers: $60 for one location, $30 for each additional location.

Virtual Registration

NAI Members: $20
Nonmembers: $30

Schedule of Events and Additional Details

Virtual Keynotes

August 22 — Virtual Keynotes (more details coming soon)

  • Michael J. Falkowski, PhD: 9:00am MT — NASA’s Wildland Fire Earth Science to Action Strategy
  • Nikki Cooley: 2:30–4pm MT — Navigating Turbulent Waters

August 29 — Virtual Keynotes (times coming soon!)

  • Dr. Jonathan Overpeck: 10:00am MT — The Growing Southwest Water Crisis and Drought on the Colorado Plateau
  • Dr. Jared Orsi: 2:30pm–4:00pm MT — Legacies of Colonialism, Possibilities for Democracy

Southern Arizona (Basin and Range) Workshop

Kartchner Caverns State Park
Tuesday, August 22 — 1:00pm through Evening

  • Stream the Keynote speaker at Kartchner Caverns Conference Room
  • Networking and BBQ (provided by region) followed by evening stargazing
  • Lodging included but donations accepted. Shared rustic cabins available. No private rooms, bathrooms, or kitchens (bathrooms/showers a short walk away). Bring a sleeping bag or linens, no pets.

Wednesday, August 23 — 9:00am–4:00pm

  • Tour of Kartchner Caverns
  • Concurrent Sessions and Networking

Northern Arizona (Colorado Plateau) Workshop

Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim)
Friday, August 25 — 3:00pm–7:30pm

  • Meet at Albright Training Center
  • Networking and Introduction to Grand Canyon activities
  • Desert View Sunset Tour w/ Pink Jeep
  • Evening stargazing

Saturday, August 26 — 9:00am–4:00pm

  • Meet at Yavapai Geology Museum
  • Visit Yavapai Geology Museum
  • Guided hike on the Trail of Time with Dr. Steve Semken, ASU Geology (Trail co-creator)
  • Arrive at Grand Canyon Village-Lunch on your own (or get group reservation for El Tovar)
  • 2 Concurrent Sessions

Bonus Trip for those interested
Sunday, August 27 to Monday August 28, hike to Havasupai Gardens and camp overnight. Contact Sam Troi at if interested in camping ($12 per person per night).

Colorado Front Range Workshop

Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Thursday, August 24 — 9:00am–4:00pm

  • Focus: Ensuring Equitable Access
  • Site visit to Bear Creek Nature Center staff to explore accessibility improvements made with the Terrain Hopper Trailability program, sensory backpacks, and a trail for visitors with low vision.
  • Networking and Concurrent Sessions
  • Lodging and lunch options available in Colorado Springs

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given until August 8 with a $10 cancellation fee. After this date, refunds will be given only by review of the Four Corners Region Workshop Committee. All refunds will be processed after the event.

8/22/2023 - 8/29/2023
Multiple Locations
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