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Attendees must be 18 years of age or older to attend the pre-conference training and concurrent sessions. Family members may attend off-site sessions with a conference participant if they register and pay the session fee.

Pricing

Your registration fees will be determined by the membership on your account. If you have purchased your membership today, you will need to wait at least one business day for the membership rate to kick in.

Membership is not automatically included for nonmembers, but you will have the ability to apply the nonmember fee difference towards a membership during the registration process.

Life members will automatically receive Professional rates. If you have recently retired, please contact jking@interpnet.com and we can adjust your account for the discounted pricing.

Institutional members will need to register their first two attendees before contacting jking@interpnet.com to receive a discount code for your additional staff members.

Member Nonmember Retired, Seasonal, Volunteer Member
 Student Member
Early (payment received by August 15, 2018) 
Full registration  $450 $530 $395 $360
Full registration (discounted for guests at the host hotel)
$395 $475 $340 $305
Institutional Member Volume Discount* $375 --- --- ---
Institutional Member Volume Discount* (discounted for guests at the host hotel) $320 --- --- ---
Single day  $225 $305 $175 $150
Regular (pre-registration closes October 26, 2018) 
Full registration  $525 $605 $470 $360
Full registration(discounted for guests at the host hotel) $470 $550 $415 $305
Institutional Member Volume Discount* $370 --- --- ---
Institutional Member Volume Discount* (discounted for guests at the host hotel) $420 --- --- ---
Single day  $300 $380 $250 $225
* Institutional members who register two participants for the conference at full rate will receive this rate for all subsequent registrations. 
**Volunteer rate is $285. To get the volunteer rate you must be a member, sign up to volunteer for 8 hours, and be staying at the Marriott (555 Canal Street New Orleans). To register for volunteer slots please visit the volunteer page. Please also see Registration Terms and Conditions tab for more information. 

Included in Registration

Full Conference Registration Fees Include:
  • Over 100 concurrent sessions to choose from.
  • New this year! Unique remote concurrent sessions at historical sites in the French Quarter.
  • Admission to the Resource Expo, with over 60 vendors, the Marketplace of Ideas, Conversation Pit, and more.
  • Entry into two keynote addresses, including culinary historian Michael W. Twitty and a special Friday panel!
  • Live and silent scholarship auctions.
  • Two open-bar receptions in the Resource Expo.
  • Two coffee breaks.
  • Thursday lunch in the Resource Expo (for attendees staying at the Marriott).
  • Deeply discounted entry tickets to Tuesday’s welcome reception at the World War II Museum including a traditional NOLA Second Line Parade!  
  • Deeply discounted ticket to the awards banquet with entertainment (Miss Sophie Lee!). 
  • Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to download the Interpretive Sourcebook: Proceedings from the 2018 NAI National Conference, made available to participants before the conference.
One-day registration includes attendance at conference sessions and any meals or events that are included in the registration package on the day for which you are registered.

Not included with registration are lodging, meals not listed above, pre-conference sessions, off-site sessions, and some Wednesday evening special events.

Special incentives will be offered to conference participants who stay at our host hotel, the New Orleans Marriott.

Pre-conference workshop sessions

These one- or two-day, topic-based workshops are designed for those who would like in-depth training in subjects related to interpretation. There is a fee above regular workshop registration to cover the cost of these optional preworkshop sessions. 
Note: Pre-conference workshops that do not make minimum numbers 30 days prior to the workshop will be cancelled.

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2018 NAI National Conference Registration

Signed up to volunteer for the conference?
Volunteer information will be added to our database on Mondays. Once you have signed up for your volunteer slots, your NAI account should reflect any registration discounts by Tuesday morning of the following week. Please do not register until your account reflects the discounted price.

Require special accommodations?
Please note that service providers (translation, sign language, etc.) often require a lead time of two months prior to an event. If you have require any special accommodations, we do ask that you contact Michele Farmer as soon as possible.

Need a roommate?
Visit the NAI Conference Facebook page and post your arrival/departure dates and tell potential roommates a little about yourself.

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When
11/27/2018 - 12/1/2018
Where
555 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130 UNITED STATES

Program

   

1. Additional Options

 
Travel-related activity, such as air travel, driving, and hotel, can account for up to 90 percent of the carbon footprint of many conferences. NAI has decided to address event emissions by evaluating and mitigating the equivalent CO2e by funding clean energy and GHG emission reduction projects through TerraPass. Learn more about TerraPass at www.terrapass.com/our-projects. $5 will go to TerraPass, NAI has also included a $2 processing fee.
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1. Additional Options
11/27/2018

Scholarship monies will help working interpreters to attend future conferences.

Simply enter the amount you would like to donate in the quantity box.
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1. Additional Options
11/27/2018

Are you a new attendee who would like a veteran to help you find your way around the conference? Or are you a veteran attendee who would like to lend your knowledge to a newbie? Either way, we'd love to have you participate in our Conference Mentorship Program. Mentor/mentees will be paired at the First-Timer's Meeting on Tuesday afternoon (4:30pm).
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1. Additional Options
Time
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
11/27/2018 4:30 PM

2. Additional Events (Opening - 5k - Banquet)

 
Join us as we kick-off the evening New Orleans style with a second-line parade! Meet us at the Marriott and join in the fun as we march through the French Quarter behind the “Sound of Crescent City,” a New Orleans brass band!

Schedule
4:30pm: Second-line parade line up outside of the Marriott
(Please note: the parade is included with the welcome reception however to participate you must sign up for separately. To meet regulations the second line is maxed at 300 participates).
4:45pm: Parade begins
5:15–8:30pm: A bus will be provided at the Marriott for those with mobility issues. For those not participating in the second-line parade, the WWII is an easy 20 min walk from the Marriott.

What to Wear: Your favorite New Orleans–style hat! Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.
Category
2. Additional Events (Opening - 5k - Banquet)
Time
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
11/27/2018 4:30 PM

NAI invites you for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, a second-line brass-band parade, and a private museum tour as we open our 2018 conference with a welcome reception at The National WWII Museum.

Join us as we kick-off the evening New Orleans style with a second-line parade! Meet us at the Marriott and join in the fun as we march through the French Quarter behind the “Sound of Crescent City,” a New Orleans brass band, and end at the WWII Museum for a reception and special private tour of the Campaigns of Courage and the Louisiana Memorial Pavilions!?

The WWII Museum will be closed to the public so that you may mingle with colleagues as you experience the immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories taking you inside the story of the war that changed the world. The reception will start with hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion—a re-created 1940s train station that is the perfect introduction to the museum experience, inviting you to follow in the footsteps of new recruits on their way to war. Continue to The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front exhibit on the second floor. After you’ve experienced the war from the home front step into the Campaigns of Courage Pavilion which features exhibits that tell the story of the war from the bitter setbacks in the first desert battles in North Africa, to the struggle at Germany’s doorstep. Walk through the galleries in the Road to Berlin exhibit with recreated environments and battlefields where Allied forces fought—taking you inside the story of how the war was won.

Schedule
4:30pm: Second-line parade line up outside of the Marriott
(Please note: the parade is included with the welcome reception however to participate you must sign up for separately. To meet regulations the second line is maxed at 300 participates).
4:45pm: Parade begins
5:15 - 8:30pm: A bus will be provided at the Marriott for those with mobility issues. For those not participating in the second-line parade, the WWII is an easy 20-minute walk from the Marriott.

What to Wear: Your favorite New Orleans style hat! Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.
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2. Additional Events (Opening - 5k - Banquet)
Time
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11/27/2018 5:30 PM

Get some exercise, meet new runner/walker friends, and most importantly, add a race T-shirt to your collection! Walk, run, jog, or sign up just for the shirt and skip the run altogether. This is your chance to be part of NAI’s second 5K Fun Run! Proceeds support NAI scholarships through the Journey Home campaign.

Shirt included, be sure to answer the sizing question once you add this event to your itinerary.
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2. Additional Events (Opening - 5k - Banquet)
Time
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
11/29/2018 7:00 AM

Join us for a night of drinks, food, fun, and live entertainment featuring popular NOLA singer Miss Sophie Lee as we celebrate the best in interpretation. Help us celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues as we honor the 2018 NAI Fellow, Master Interpretive Manager, Master Front-Line Interpreter, Outstanding New Interpreter, Outstanding Senior/ Retired Interpreter, and Outstanding Interpretive Volunteer awards.

Unfortunately, due to no-shows and wasted dinners in past years, we require a small charge to attend. Included in this small fee is a $80-dollar plated dinner and entertainment.

Guest Price: $60 (available in the guest ticket section)

Menu Choices (please select after adding this event to your itinerary)
       
  • Herb roasted chicken breast stuffed with spinach, prosciutto, oven-dried tomato and mozzarella on pappardelle pasta with lemon thyme cream and broccolini
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  • Blackened Gulf catch, squash creole with Gulf shrimp, tomato, okra and Cajun rice pilaf
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  • Roasted Mediterranean vegetable tart with marinara sauce and fresh Parmesan (vegetarian)
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  • Indian vegetable chili with lemon-Basmati rice (vegan/gluten free)

Meals are served with a salad and dessert—your choice of New Orleans' traditional bananas foster or bread pudding with bourbon sauce.

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2. Additional Events (Opening - 5k - Banquet)
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11/30/2018 6:00 PM

3. Pre-Conference Workshops

 
If you’ve ever wanted to immerse yourself in Cajun and Creole Country where fais-do-do and Zydeco, crawfish and gumbo, festivals, and joie de vivre are a genuine way of life, now’s your chance! Voted the “Happiest City in America,” Lafayette is home to French-speaking, hard-working, fun-loving multicultural Cajuns and Creoles. Forced here through exile and slavery, these people have carved out a life for themselves on South Louisiana’s prairies and bayous. For three centuries, they have kept alive many of the rich traditions their ancestors brought with them.

During our overnight trip to Acadiana, “the heart of French Louisiana,” we’ll visit several sites including Vermilionville, a Cajun/Creole heritage and folklife park, Jean Lafitte’s Acadian Cultural Center (NPS), and St. Martinville’s African-American Museum and Museum of the Acadian Memorial. Tickle your taste buds with fabulous food, then dance your cares away to live music after locals teach you traditional dances and help you understand the complexities of interpreting living cultures. We’ll spend the night in restored historic Cajun cabins (all at least 125 years old!) that overlook the Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge, “the Crawfish Capital of the World.”

Following a day and a half of cultural immersion in a world completely different from New Orleans, we’ll analyze what we’ve experienced and discuss ways we can use what we’ve learned to work with other living cultures to improve our own interpretive skills and programs. We’ll return to New Orleans on Monday evening where you’ll have a full day to explore the many historic sites and attractions of the “Big Easy” on your own before NAI’s opening reception. Get ready to “two-step back in time” with the CHI team led by Dr. Elista Istre, a Cajun/Creole author and historical consultant.

Please note that this two-day preworkshop is SUNDAY & MONDAY.

Presenters: Dr. Elista Istre, Founder, Belle Heritage, Director, NAI Cultural and Historical Interpretation Section; Jake Koch, Kendra Moor, and John C.F. Luzader 
Maximum Number of Participants: 27
Meals: Some meals included, see description above
Transportation: Provided
Lodging: Shared cabins at Bayou Cabins
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3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
11/25/2018 7:00 AM - 11/26/2018 4:30 PM
11/25/2018 7:00 AM

Join us on the Interpreter’s Road Show in New Orleans!

NAI's Nature Center Directors and Administrators Section will be visiting the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Northlake Nature Center, newly opened Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, and Barataria Preserve. This professional development opportunity will explore how these organizations manage volunteers, programs, building and facility development, habitat restoration, funding, unique partnerships, creative new exhibits, and much more. Participants will have the time to network with their peers during meals and travel time between locations. This opportunity is open to all interpreters and provides a unique look at a variety of interpretive properties.

This year there will be no separate overnight lodging during the trip. Participants should make sure they reserve lodging for Monday night as well at the Marriott.

Trip Leader: Brian Thill, Director of Education, South Carolina Aquarium
Maximum Number of Participants: 24
Meals: Monday/Tuesday boxed lunch, Monday dinner
Transportation: Provided
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3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
11/26/2018 8:00 AM - 11/27/2018 5:30 PM
11/26/2018 8:00 AM

Interpretive Writing Workshop

Interpretive writing is one of the toughest types of writing to do well. At its best, it paints memorable images and ideas that connect on profound and emotional levels with the reader, precipitating changes in beliefs and behavior. At its worst, it alienates the very people we are trying to engage.

You can create writing that moves readers, changes hearts and minds, and communicates effectively. In this highly interactive workshop, discover how to weave what you know into writing that inspires, intrigues, delights, and educates.

Participants will better understand the importance of story and how to use elements of story to create powerful, effective interpretive programs. Their writing skills (from concept through proofreading) will improve, and they will be more confidence in their ability to write effectively to accomplish interpretive goals and objectives.

Presenter: Judy Fort Brenneman, Owner, Greenfire Creative, LLC
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Meals: Coffee break and lunch included
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3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
11/26/2018 8:30 AM - 11/27/2018 4:00 PM
11/26/2018 8:30 AM

Creating Unforgettable Programs Through Informed Neuroscience

Want to get attention and improve retention? This highly interactive workshop will give you an opportunity to explore recent breakthroughs in neuroscience and apply them to create unforgettable programs. This workshop will provide basic background formal-learning theory and neuroscience that can form a basis for further explorations and study by field interpreters. The instructors will provide additional context to areas outside traditional interpretation (design thinking, instructional design, and marketing) that will help interpretive professionals to recognize the transferability and potential profitability of the skills they have developed in the profession.

By the end of this workshop, participants will:
       
  • Understand at least seven different components of brain-based learning theory.
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  • Identify at least five ways they can improve their interpretation through of brain-based learning.
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  • Name at least three strategies they will use to determine if these strategies have effectively improved their programs.
Presenter: Ian Singer, Founder, Intelligent Play
Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Meals: Coffee break and lunch included
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3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
11/26/2018 8:30 AM - 11/27/2018 4:00 PM
11/26/2018 8:30 AM

NAI has NEW Interpretive Standards & Our Universities Have OLD Interpretive Courses & Curriculum—We Can Fix That!

We’re calling all academics, and those who partner with academics, to come to New Orleans ahead of time for a day of mapping assets, assessing needs, visioning the future, outlining plans and strategies, and building collaborations. Amid enrollment declines and budget crises in higher education, and shifting hiring priorities in agencies and organizations, we must ensure our continued relevance. If we build upon NAI’s new interpretive standards, outlining strategies to ensure that university courses and curriculum equip students to meet these standards at the entry, intermediate, and advanced levels, we’ll produce NextGen interpreters who will lead the profession into the future.

Through a process of facilitated dialogue, brainstorming, asset mapping, goal and action step identification, prioritization, and timeline development—we’ll emerge with the beginnings of a “do-list.” That is, we’ll specify who’s going to do what, by what time, using what resources. We’ll discuss what’s “great and good” in interpretation in higher education. We’ll examine where we fall short, and what it would take for us to fully address 21st-century needs and opportunities. We’ll map out a long-term vision and identify some of the steps required to get there. We’ll continue the conversation during the workshop, e.g., in a concurrent session or during our College & University Academics (CUA) Section meeting. And CUA will keep these efforts moving forward during the intervening months.

Please note that this single day preworkshop is MONDAY only.

Presenters: Dr. Chay Runnels, Associate Professor, Hospitality Administration; Philip Smartt, Brian Forist, Tom Mullin, Brenda Lackey, Jay Miller, Theresa Coble, Timothy Makubuya, Phyllis Balcerzak
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Meals: Coffee break and lunch included
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3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
11/26/2018 8:30 AM

Are you interested in learning more about how to coach your volunteers and staff? Have you attended NAI’s Coaching Interpreters Workshop? Do you want advice and inspiration of how a coaching program might be developed site-wide? Now that you’ve returned to your workplace and tried it, do you find yourself wishing you could spend more time practicing and learning from others? If so, this workshop is for you!

Come join us for a session that will reengage and further refine your skills in coaching interpreters. Learn from other sites how they are implementing this program. Share successes and hurdles. Brainstorm with your peers. Observe a coaching demonstration. Practice your coaching skills in a supportive environment in a coach-the-coach activity.

Individuals who have not attended the NAI workshop are welcome to attend by participating in a Coaching 101 Basics during the first part of day.

Presenters: Margaret Styles, Repath Coaching; Emily Jacobs, NAI Certification and Training Program Manager
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Meals: Coffee break and lunch included
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3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
11/27/2018 8:30 AM

We gather data and evaluate programs and exhibits, but frequently we are frustrated by what we do not learn. What happened with our good intentions? This session will help you clearly identify what you really want to know and then develop questions to gather that information. Compare different types of instrument to collect data and different types of questions for different purposes. Experiment with your ability to measure soft skills in hard data. This is not designed to be a statistical course in evaluation, but rather a way of doing beyond “yes,” “no,” and “liked” to getting meaningful information that can inform program practices.

At the end of the course participants will walk away feeling confident in verbalizing what they really want to evaluate, learn how to write evaluation questions that gather the information they really want to know, and create evaluating data for meaningful results.

Presenter: Karin Hostetter, Writer/Trainer, Interpret This 
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Meals: Coffee break and lunch included
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
11/27/2018 8:30 AM

The Cutting Edge pre-conference workshop is designed to provide interpretive trainers a venue for new ideas, best practices, methods, and techniques used in the Certified Interpretive Guide course. 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! Join this workshop and together we will highlight activities and lesson plans/course agendas. Open to all CIG instructors.

Facilitators: TBD
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Meals: Coffee break and lunch included
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
11/27/2018 8:30 AM

Improve Understanding, Build Hope and Empower Visitors to Act on Climate!

The public trusts informal science centers and so the desire to use our positions to help the country move forward with productive climate solutions is high. But it can be nerve-wracking to engage the public and many institutions aren’t sure where to start. With a team of social scientists, communications strategists, climate scientists, and nonformal educators, we’ve designed an evidence-based approach to climate change communication that empowers educators and visitors as active citizens. Our workshop will teach the basics of our methods, give you examples from peer institutions, and help you practice your new skills.

At the end of the one-day workshop, participants will understand why we need to change the ways we talk about climate change and how to “frame” a climate change story with values, explanatory metaphors and solutions, while maintaining a neutral tone. They will also understand the shared mission of the National Network of Ocean and Climate Change interpretation or NNOCCI. Participants will also learn or review basic climate science principles as outlined in the latest US climate assessment.

Presenters: Julian Chavez, Director of Science Labs, Discovery Place; Steve Gerkin, Programs Coordinator, North Carolina Zoo
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Meals: Coffee breaks and lunch included
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3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
11/27/2018 8:30 AM

Taking a modern technique from user experience design (technology), this workshop will introduce participants to visitor experience mapping—what it is, why engaging in it is valuable to garden settings, its applications, and how results can be used to drive visitor outcomes and accomplish a site mission.

In the experience business, there are many different ways to evaluate a program or product, typically involving a survey instrument, specialized knowledge, and often a lot of time before analysis, results, and recommendations. Evaluation has value, especially in demonstrating growth from a benchmark or in providing feedback around a specific issue.

Visitor experience mapping takes a different approach to evaluation in part because it’s introspective and provides the opportunity to engage all staff and visitors resulting in multiple points of view and a unique perspective to build from. Visitor experience mapping can be used at an entire site or for a single exhibit and has the potential to bring increased value to ensuring a well-thought-out and reviewed experience from entry to exit and beyond.

Have you ever wondered how you might better define and refine the visitor experience at your site? Or wanted a tool that engages your entire team and visitors to allow them to work together effectively to identify opportunities for improvement? Come and join us for an interactive presentation of visitor experience mapping—a tool adapted from the consumer business industry to provide benefit and insights for visitor-driven sites.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, participate in a hands-on activity, and discuss using visitor experience mapping tools, and will be given access to an e-toolkit to take back to their sites.

Presenter: Chuck Lennox, Owner, Lennox Insites, LLC
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Meals: Coffee break and lunch included
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3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
11/27/2018 8:30 AM

4. Remote Concurrent Sessions

 
Lycee Francais and Audubon Nature Institute
Audubon Aquarium, 1 Canal St. (.4 miles / 7-minute walk)

We will share the story of the long-term partnership between Audubon and a local public French immersion school. Challenges, opportunities, and successes from the partnership will be shared with participants who may want to develop a similar program at their facility.

Presenter: Tricia LeBlanc, Director of Education Programs, Audubon
Maximum Number of Participants: 30 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
11/28/2018 1:30 PM

Hermann-Grima House, 820 Saint Louis Street (.5 miles / 9-minute walk)

New Orleans’s economy is fully rooted in tourism. Furthermore, this vibrant metropolis is a rich historical city whose visual fabric is based on its unique geographical topography and, more importantly, in some cases, on its architectural envelope. As stewards of our architectural and cultural heritage we find ourselves in a precarious push and pull between preserving and teaching our architectural legacy while keeping pace with the times and welcoming new members to the community. This panel looks at the special issues that the stewards of our architectural history and preservation face while also welcoming visitors and new residents.

Presenters: Megan Koza Mitchell, Executive Director, Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses; Meg Lousteau, Executive Director, Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents, and Associates; and TBC
Maximum Number of Participants: 30 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
11/28/2018 1:30 PM

An Education for Educators about Entertaining with Insects
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St (one block from hotel)

Insects and their close kin have bad press agents. Learn how staff and volunteers at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium communicate with guests about these fascinating yet maligned creatures. We will discuss the use of live animals in presentations, accuracy of information, presentation styles, broader philosophies, guest engagement, and more. An additional portion of the session will introduce the audience to entomophagy, which is the practice of eating insects. A quick cooking demonstration and of course tastings (yay!) will be included along with an overview of ways to go about adding this activity to a zoo or museum space. Question-and-answer time will be left at the end of the session.

Presenters: Zack Lemann, Curator of Animal Collections, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Maximum Number of Participants: 30 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
11/28/2018 1:30 PM

The Historic New Orleans Collections (THNOC), 520/533 Royal Street, New Orleans (.5 miles / 9-minute walk)

The challenges and solutions of expanding interpretation to include a more accurate representation of a community's history when faced with a longstanding misinformed narrative.

Presenters: Mathew Brady McKellar
Maximum Number of Participants: 25 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
11/29/2018 10:45 AM

as Interpretive Tools
Hermann-Grima House, 820 Saint Louis Street (.5 miles / 9-minute walk)

Kitchens and cooking have long been the places and events for conversation, discussion, family, and community. The Hermann-Grima Historic House’s restored 1830s open hearth kitchen provides a unique setting for biweekly cooking demonstrations in New Orleans’ French Quarter that allows for a more inclusive and open experience of our history, giving visitors an entrée into harder discussions concerning race, class, gender. At the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic House, volunteer cooks shop for ingredients, use 19th-century methods of food preparation, and invite guests in for an authentic sensory experience. All of the dishes they prepare utilize period specific recipes for dishes such as pain perdu, gateau sirop, chicken on the spit, jambalaya, beets piquant, and more. Join us as we take you through one of our cooking demonstrations and share how we use cooking to interpret the past.

Presenters: Katie Burlison, Curator, Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses and the volunteer cooking team at Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses
Maximum Number of Participants: 30 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
11/29/2018 10:45 AM

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Visitor Center, French Quarter, 419 Decatur St. (.3 miles / 6-minute walk)

Legends in suburbia? Yes! A 350-year-old Long Island legend serves to illustrate the historic truth, the ancient lore and why both have a place in modern interpretation.

Presenter: Janet Emily Demarest
Maximum Number of Participants: 30 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
11/29/2018 10:45 AM

How We Changed the Model of Our Visitor Services Department
The Historic New Orleans Collections (THNOC), 520/533 Royal Street, New Orleans (.5 miles / 9-minute walk)

The Visitor Services Department at The Historic New Orleans Collection was once known as the Docent Department. Paid staff and volunteers served all job duties including touring, greeting, ticketing, and providing security. Over the years, the staff had increased in size, but the department was not adapting to the new challenges of our changing institutional needs. With the opening of a new building and expansion, THNOC took the opportunity to update our department and change the model of staffing, without sacrificing our excellent service standards. Take an overview tour of the new building, then listen to the challenges they have faced with change, creating new programs, and learning from visitors and each other. There will be round table discussions following the presentation.

Presenters: Daniel Hammer, Deputy Director; Lori Boyer, Head of Visitor Services; Joanna Robinson, Interpretation Assistant
Maximum Number of Participants: 20 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
11/29/2018 2:30 PM

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Visitor Center, French Quarter, 419 Decatur St. (.3 miles / 6-minute walk)

This session includes a demonstration program and facilitated dialogue on building trust. How do you share a contemporary culture or tradition that you’re not directly a part of but one that you care for, give space to, and make available to those outside the tradition? How do you approach the practicing community? How do you build trust? How do you sensitively honor the tradition? How do you connect it to civil discourse? New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park interpreters frequently navigate these circumstances. The first hour of this session will begin with a demonstration program with panelists from the Black Masking Indian Suiting community of New Orleans, a unique tradition rooted in resistance, remembrance, ritual, and resilience. Beginning with a participatory experience of call and response in “Indian Red,” panelists will then generously engage in an open conversation about their culture. The presenters include Chief Daryl Montana, artist and recently retired Chief of Yellow Pocahontas; Sabrina Mays, community organizer exemplifying the large contributions of women in masking Indian culture; and Kalamu Ya Salam, poet whose words give the listener an opportunity to delve into deep imaginative experience of this complex practice.

Presenters: Karen Armagost and Park Ranger Bud Holmes
Maximum Number of Participants: 30 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
11/29/2018 2:30 PM

The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Ever-Adapting Preservation Mission
The Historic New Orleans Collections (THNOC), 520/533 Royal Street (.5 miles / 9-minute walk)

French Quarter preservation is central to the mission of The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC). As a core concern of founders Kemper and Leila Williams, this commitment predates the 1966 founding of the institution. As THNOC has grown, the French Quarter has changed, as have preservation needs and practices. We have worked with archaeologists, architects, preservationists, and other specialists to ensure that renovations as well as new construction faithfully reflect their historical surroundings—and that we take advantage of every opportunity presented by the historic fabric of our place to inform our interpretive program. Attendees of this workshop will hear from THNOC staff and preservation practitioners about specific ways that we accomplish preservation action and teaching, with a focus on our most recent building project, a 36,000-square-foot exhibition facility composed half of new construction and half of renovated and adapted historic structures. The program will include plenty of opportunity for discussion and a guided tour of THNOC sites that illustrate our preservation efforts.

Presenters: Daniel Hammer, deputy director of The Historic New Orleans Collection; Howard Margot, land-records archivist and database curator, The Historic New Orleans Collection; Courtney Williams and Michael Shoriak, Cypress Building Conservation
Maximum Number of Participants: 20 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
11/30/2018 10:15 AM

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Visitor Center, French Quarter, 419 Decatur St. (.3 miles / 6-minute walk)

What happens when the museum comes to the people? Experiment with design thinking, creating spontaneous interventions, & encouraging touch and interaction with collection items.

Presenter: Victoria Baird
Maximum Number of Participants: 30 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
11/30/2018 10:15 AM

Preservation Hall, 726 St. Peter St. (.6 miles / 11-minute walk)

New Orleans’ Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America’s truest art forms, traditional New Orleans jazz. From its early years as an art gallery space to housing the Congress of Racial Equality, Preservation Hall has served many roles to the New Orleans community. During this session, participants will tour the facility, learning more about the space as well as the work Preservation Hall does in the community, which includes music education, outreach, and an archive, as well as support for aging culture bearers in the community. After learning more about the space, the Preservation All-Stars will perform and provide participants to a deeper insight into New Orleans music and challenges facing the cultural community.

Presenter: Ashley Shabankareh, Director of Programs, and the Preservation Hall All-Stars
Maximum Number of Participants: 30 (Pre-registration required)

Unique opportunity! This session runs concurrent with sessions offered at the hotel. We'll post the full schedule soon and we do ask that, as a courtesy to the presenters and other participants, if you sign up please be sure to attend. Space is limited-once full the session will be closed.
Category
4. Remote Concurrent Sessions
Time
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
11/30/2018 10:15 AM

5. Special Evening Events

 
Venture into the realm of the unknown by touring “America’s most haunted city.” Experience the French Quarter after dark through the enthralling storytelling of the city’s most informed raconteurs. Based in fact, all tales are accurately conveyed, providing superb history lessons that transition into some of the most chilling narratives ever told. As frightening as it is enticing, this tour visits the sites of some of the city’s most legendary hauntings, such as the Ghost in Pirates Alley, the Lalaurie Mansion, the Witch of the French Opera, the Ghost of the Quadroon Mistress, Pere Dagobert of St. Louis Cathedral, Tujague’s Restaurant, the site of several legendary hauntings, including Julian Eltinge, the cross-dressing ghost and the spectre of General P.G.T Beauregard.

Maximum Number of Participants: 90
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Yes, this is a guided walking tour of the city; some city streets may be hard to maneuver
Transportation: Guided walking tour
Category
5. Special Evening Events
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11/28/2018 7:00 PM

Enjoy hot dogs, s’mores, a planetarium show, and a night hike

Join us for an evening at the newly reopened Audubon Louisiana Nature Center for a night that starts off with a weenie roast, then takes you on a journey into space with the popular The Universe in our Backyard planetarium show and ends with a guided night “hike” on the nature trails as you learn about native plants and Louisiana’s unique ecosystems. And perhaps see what inhabitants live in the park and come out at night time!

Maximum Number of Participants: 29
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and walking shoes
Accessible: Yes, though some areas of the nature center may be hard to maneuver
Meals: Campfire treats
Transportation: Provided
Category
5. Special Evening Events
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11/28/2018 7:00 PM

First Cousins Screening & Dance Lessons

Join us for a special screening of the film First Cousins followed by a unique opportunity for Q&A with the director, Dr. Moriah Istre, as well as dance lessons featuring Creole zydeco, Louisiana waltz, Cajun two-step, and more! First Cousins explores the musical heritage of Cajuns and Creoles, south Louisiana’s French-speaking people who have shared tunes, swapped instruments, and danced in each other’s arms for generations. In private moments and in packed dance halls, some of the region’s most beloved musicians reveal the passion they share for making music and carrying on family traditions.

With roots reaching all the way back to Africa, Europe, and French Canada over the past three centuries, the solid trunk of Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun music has flourished into a family tree with inextricably intertwined branches. A little too distant for siblings, these communities and their music are surely related enough to be considered first cousins.

All proceeds contribute to the preservation and promotion of the multicultural heritage of south Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole communities.)

Maximum Number of Participants: 100
Suggested Gear: Dancing shoes
Accessible: Yes
Transportation: Event is located in the Marriott Hotel
Category
5. Special Evening Events
Time
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11/28/2018 7:00 PM

Rich in folklore and traditions, New Orleans is known for its food, and with every dish comes a story. Sit back and enjoy an evening learning about the origins of Creole and Cajun food traditions as a skilled chef prepares a classic meal for you. This is a private group for our attendees only where you will learn how to make chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, chicken and smoked sausage jambalaya, bananas foster, and original pralines while you hear about the vibrant history of interpreting New Orleans cuisine—over a nice cold amber beer!

Maximum Number of Participants: 68
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable walking shoes
Accessible: Yes, a short walk to the site is required; some city streets may be hard to maneuver
Meals: Dinner included
Transportation: Participants will walk from hotel (approx. 10 minutes)
Category
5. Special Evening Events
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11/28/2018 7:00 PM

Let the good times roll with beer!

The Crescent City has a long connection with beer and a 175-year brewing history. Where better to explore what has been called the greatest invention in the history of mankind than the historic French Quarter? We’ll delve into the fascinating and thirst-quenching history of brewing in the Big Easy. New Orleans is firmly established as the Brewing Capital of the South. Tastemaster, brewer, and NAI member Ira Bletz will be the guide by our side as we look at the history, lore, and mythology of beer and brew craft. Learn (and taste) the difference between lagers, pilsners, ales, and stouts. Ira will describe the brewing process, share colorful folk tales, and point out how beer is responsible for modern civilization. He will also explain how beer, like interpretation, will shape and improve our future and could possibly save the world.

If you have not had the opportunity to attend one of Ira’s interpretive beer events before, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be part of NAI history. This popular program fills up fast, so register soon! Food and 10 beer tasters are included.

Maximum Number of Participants: 50
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Yes, a short walk to the site is required; some city streets may be hard to maneuver
Meals: Appetizers and 10 beer tasters included
Transportation: Participants will walk from hotel
Category
5. Special Evening Events
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11/28/2018 7:00 PM

Creating music together using the global language of percussion

From the church bells of Europe to the singing drums of West Africa, percussion instruments have been used as a way to communicate, to celebrate, and to bring communities together. In this fun evening event, we’ll create music with each other using the global language of percussion.

Bring your own drums, shakers, or other instruments, or come ready to tap your feet and clap your hands. As we play together, we’ll introduce ways to foster inclusion, understand your audience, and tell stories through this powerful, primal non-verbal communication tool.

Maximum Number of Participants: 100
Suggested Gear: Drums, shakers, or other instruments (if you have them)
Accessible: Yes
Transportation: Event is located in the Marriott Hotel
Category
5. Special Evening Events
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11/28/2018 7:00 PM

New Orleans is birthplace of the cocktail and home to the nation’s most shocking and riveting history. Join us for an exploration of the city’s storied watering holes such as Pat O’Brien’s, the Carousel Bar, Jean Lafitte Blacksmith Shop, and others to discover where, why, and how legendary libations from the Sazerac to the Roffignac and the Grasshopper were first concocted. One drink is included; others are available for purchase along the route.

Maximum Number of Participants: 48
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable walking shoes
Accessible: Yes, this is a guided walking tour of the city; some city streets may be hard to maneuver
Meals: No food, one drink is included
Transportation: Participants will walk from hotel
Category
5. Special Evening Events
Time
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11/28/2018 7:00 PM

The Voodoo Tour will begin in Jackson Square with a guided walking tour of historical French Quarter buildings, including the home of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, the Old Ursuline Convent, the home of Madame LaLaurie, and some of the hidden burial grounds that were the first cemeteries in New Orleans. Along the tour your guide will discuss voodoo history and practices in New Orleans, the legacy of Marie Laveau, family stories, carnival street traditions, Creole history and culture; with key references to New Orleans history, music, celebrations, cuisine, and architecture.

The tour will end at the Laveau Family Shrine with a view of real voodoo altars where you will experience some components of voodoo rituals. Each guest will receive a Gris Gris Bag (voodoo charm for good luck) blessed by Voodoo Queen Kalindah Laveaux.

Maximum Number of Participants: 35
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: No
Transportation: Participants will walk from hotel
Category
5. Special Evening Events
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11/28/2018 7:00 PM

6. Educational Offsite Sessions

 
Explore City Park, home to 280 species of birds

Join a guided morning bird walk in one of the oldest and largest urban parks in the country! New Orleans City Park was established in 1854 and has over 1,300 acres of green space filled with lagoons, flora, and groves of trees that support more than 280 species of birds, from brown pelicans to red-bellied woodpeckers. Within the park, the thick undergrowth of the 60-acre Couturie Forest makes it one of the state’s top birding spots. Take a look at the Inside Guide to City Park Birds for more information about the many birds who either call City Park home or who are just passing through the neighborhood.

After the bird walk, spend an hour exploring some of the rest of what City Park has to offer. We’ll drop you off at the Morning Call (inside the park) where you can purchase beignets and café au lait. For those who want more, for a modest admission fee, you can visit the New Orleans Museum of Art, The New Orleans Botanical Garden, and much more. At no charge, you can wander through the beautiful five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Or you can take a leisurely stroll around Big Lake and through the world’s largest stand of mature live oaks, which includes a grand oak that dates back nearly 800 years. You can learn all about City Park at http://neworleanscitypark.com/about.

Maximum Number of Participants: 15
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: No
Lunch: Not included
Transportation: Provided
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
12/1/2018 7:30 AM

Oak Alley and the Whitney Plantations

An hour outside of New Orleans, along the banks of the Mississippi River, is a community with powerful testimonies to the rich history of the antebellum south and the sugar plantations. Step back in time with this guided tour of two plantations, Oak Alley and the Whitney, as you explore and discuss the difficult history of the past as seen through the eyes of the enslaved labor and plantation owners.

Built in the early 1800s, Oak Alley offers an experience as compelling as the plantation’s 25 historic acres and 300-year-old alley of oaks. This tour will take you from the plantation’s mansion, the “Big House,” which was built with prestige and power in mind, to the slavery exhibit, where you will hear touching stories of the lives and living conditions of individuals who were owned and kept on the plantation. It also includes a look into life after emancipation, as laborers continued to live in the increasingly squalid housing until the 20th century. Your guide will discuss how they address visitors’ needs as they confront difficult history. The tour ends with a unique opportunity for Q&A with Laura Kilcer, curator, and Gaul Dubois, interpretive coordinator, as they discuss some of the questions that have guided their revamp, including site identity, humanizing the enslaved, difficult history, and rebranding. After lunch at Oak Alley, you will depart for a tour of the Whitney Plantation.

Spend the afternoon at the Whitney Plantation, which opened its doors in 2014 to the public for the first time in its 262-year history as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery. Your afternoon will start with time to explore the grounds on your own, and then take a 90-minute guided tour of the museum exhibits, memorial artwork, and restored buildings that offer hundreds of first-person slave narratives that offer a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people. The tour will end with a Q&A.

Maximum Number of Participants: 45
Suggest Gear: Comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing. You will be walking on gravel pathways
Accessible: Pathways and upper floors may not be wheelchair accessible
Lunch: Included at Oak Alley
Transportation: Provided—travel is approximately 100-mile round trip
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
7:45 AM - 5:15 PM
12/1/2018 7:45 AM

Beautification project followed by a discussion with civil rights leader Leona Tate

Before the Lower Ninth Ward became the most devastated neighborhood in New Orleans it was a vibrant home to musicians, civil rights activists, culture-bearers, and generations of extended families. In 2011 the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum was founded in response to the painfully slow rebuilding of the Lower Ninth Ward. Today the museum stands as a means to celebrate and preserve the stories of the rich history of the neighborhood where only one in five residents has been able to return to their homes since Hurricane Katrina.

Join us as for a day where your morning starts off by contributing to the community planting trees at the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum and ends with the unique opportunity to meet Leona Tate, a historical figure, community organizer, and legend. Hear Leona’s incredible story of her journey into the civil rights movement where in 1960, at the age of six, she entered into the civil rights movement when she and two other African-American girls integrated McDonogh No. 19 Elementary School. Today Leona continues the journey through the Leona Tate Foundation for Change, where she strives to educate the public regarding lessons of the civil rights movement and its impact on human rights efforts throughout the world.

Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothes for outdoor planting. Be sure to bring your sunscreen and water bottle.
Handicap Accessibility: This offsite is not accessible.
Lunch: Included
Transportation: Provided.
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
12/1/2018 8:00 AM

From the Big House to the Quarters: Slavery on Laura Plantation

Built in 1803 the Laura Plantation is a restored historic Louisiana Creole plantation on the west bank of the Mississippi river. This offsite will take you on a guided tour through the 200-year-old sugar plantation homestead. We’ll see the Big House, where exhibits explore the lives of a single Creole family (over four generations) based on Laura Locoul Gore’s handwritten Memories of the Old Plantation Home. We will also tour authentic 1840s slave cabins and see the newly opened museum exhibit that is dedicated to telling the authentic story of the slave community of this Creole farm. Designed around different themes the exhibit reflects the complex layers of life on the plantation. The displays illustrate how the lives of the enslaved people were intertwined with those of their owners – one room holds a large collection of purchase documents and rare photographs that bring to light the names and faces of these long-forgotten people.

Maximum number of Participants: 29
Suggested Gear: Comfortable clothing and walking shoes
Accessible: Limited access to all areas of the plantation
Lunch: Not included
Transportation: Provided—round trip is approximately 110 miles
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:15 AM - 12:30 PM
12/1/2018 8:15 AM

Explore the protected wetlands, bayous, swamps, and marshes

Explore the protected wetlands of New Orleans’ Barataria Preserve and see how humans have lived off the land over time, from Native Americans to Cajun pioneers to the pirate Jean Lafitte, who smuggled goods through its dark waters and serpentine channels. Join Jean Lafitte National Historical Park rangers as they take you through the Preserve’s bayous, swamps, and marshes to spot animals, including alligators and over 200 species of birds. Your morning will start with a pontoon boat ride where you will get the chance to hear from local guides who have lived the Cajun way, as they tell stories of life on the bayou. Across from the boat dock is a 200-year-old cemetery that is located around the most significant Indian burial mound in south Louisiana that carbon dates back 2,000 years. The day ends with a guided hike down a favorite trail (Bayou Coquille Trailhead) that starts in the hardwood forest along the bayou and changes to a cypress-tupelo swamp before becoming a freshwater marsh.

Maximum number of Participants: 54
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothes for a pontoon boat ride and trail hike. Be sure to bring your sunscreen and water bottle
Accessible: No
Lunch: Included
Transportation: Provided
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
12/1/2018 8:45 AM

Swamp, Marsh, Bayou, and the Louisiana Estuary

Experience the full story of the wetlands in an eco-friendly, low-impact way as you kayak through a swamp, marsh, bayou, and into the Louisiana estuary system. Follow your guide in your own canoe or kayak (provided) as you venture down a natural undeveloped cane bayou. This offsite is guided by a Louisiana Master Naturalist who will stop along the way to give you detailed information about the bayous, swamps, and Louisiana’s wetland eco systems in surrounding New Orleans. Cane Bayou is the only undeveloped bayou left leading into Lake Pontchartrain, once at the lake, you will enjoy a po’boy lunch and for those who want, you may take a wade in the lake. Depending on the season, wildlife consists of ibises, egrets, herons, eagles, alligators, turtles, and more. Woodpeckers and assorted song birds are seasonal visitors to the living and dead cypress trees visible from the bayou.

Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Suggested Gear: Be sure to check the forecast and dress appropriately, check the weather the morning of the paddle
Accessible: No
Lunch: Included, please select option
Transportation: Provided—90-minute round trip
Other Notes: Drinking water, lunch, and waterproof cases for phones are provided. The tour lasts 3.5 to 4 hours, including a mid-paddle break. No experience required for kayaks, some experience recommended for canoes. Per paddler weight limit of 275 pounds (124.7 kg).
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:50 AM - 3:00 PM
12/1/2018 8:50 AM

Tour of the National WWII Museum

Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, The National WWII Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories, taking you inside the American involvement in World War II to honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom.

This educational offsite will start with a self-guided 1.5-hour walk through the museum’s original Normandy gallery (opened 2000) and, for contrast, the Arsenal of Democracy exhibit (opened 2018), where you can see how the museum uses multimedia, interactive displays, and artifacts to create countless opportunities for visitors to make personal connections with the men and women who helped win the war. After touring the galleries, you will get the unique opportunity for a one-hour Q&A session with experienced museum docents who can answer your questions about the museum and also offer advice on any docent issues you may have at your sites. If you’d like to learn docent perspectives but don’t have a mechanism to get those answers, here’s your chance!
 
Maximum Number of Participants: 40
Suggested Gear: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes
Accessible: Yes, a short walk to the site is required; some city streets may be hard to maneuver
Lunch: Lunch on your own afterward, you'll be close to many good neighborhood eateries!
Transportation: Participants will walk the .9 miles from the hotel (roughly 17 minutes)
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
12/1/2018 9:00 AM

Archaeology in the French Quarter and Beyond

Explore the history of New Orleans through what has been left behind beneath the ground! Archaeologist Dr. Ryan Gray and Richard Wallin Boebel, professor of anthropology at the University of New Orleans, will take participants on a tour of archaeological sites, past and present, to give a glimpse of the city from its underside, with a focus on the histories of groups marginalized in the past by race, ethnicity, class, and profession. Stops will include the locations of the city’s Colonial-era cemetery, St. Anthony’s Garden, Madame John’s Legacy, the Rising Sun Hotel, Congo Square, and Storyville, along with one or more active dig sites in the French Quarter and vicinity.

Participants should download the free New Orleans Historical phone app, available through the Apple app store or Google Play, in order to view archival photographs and excavation images pertinent to the sites (www.neworleanshistorical.org/tours/show/95).

Maximum Number of Participants: 27
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Yes, this is a guided walking tour of the city; some city streets may be hard to maneuver
Lunch: Not included
Transportation: Guided walking tour
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12/1/2018 9:00 AM

Crawly insects to diverse marine residents

This dual offsite offers the unique opportunity to tour two of Audubon’s top-rated facilities, the Audubon Aquarium and the Audubon Insectarium, as you learn from their guides.

Your offsite starts with a tour of North America’s largest museum, the Audubon Insectarium, devoted to insects and their relatives as you learn about the unique challenges the Insectarium faces interpreting creepy crawlies and see what they do to make it the top-rated Audubon facility. At the aquarium, you will learn about education programming and how they harness the power of the regional environment in their exhibitory and messaging. You may also get a behind the scenes peak at how we care for our diverse marine residents.

Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Suggest Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Yes, public areas; behind the scenes may not be
Lunch: Included
Transportation: Provided
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
12/1/2018 9:30 AM

Learn how a premier zoological institution interprets their animals and works to save species

Tour the Audubon Zoo with guide Jack Gaines, adult naturalist volunteer coordinator, as he shows you how the Audubon interprets its animals and the places from which they hail for visitors.

For many urban children, their first brush with the natural world outside of their own backyard happens in a zoo or aquarium. For many animals threatened in the wild, these same institutions offer a sort of ark, a plan B population to back up in situ conservation and preservation efforts. From Asian Domain to the Louisiana Swamp exhibit, each space is designed to be an immersive experience for their audience, creating connection between guests and the animals. During the tour you will visit the interpretive placements throughout the zoo and explore the role of education staff and volunteers in each placement. You will be sure to meet some animals along the way and see what goes into caring for the animals. Your guide will discuss how Species Survival Plans work in AZA-accredited facilities and how zoos like the Audubon are working together to save species.

Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Suggest Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Yes, public areas; behind the scenes may not be
Lunch: Included
Transportation: Provided
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
12/1/2018 9:30 AM

Survey three centuries of New Orleans history with a tour of THNOC’s galleries and a discussion with their visitor services team. As part of their mission to preserve New Orleans’s history and culture, THNOC has restored significant structures on Royal Street and Chartres Street that exemplify a variety of architectural styles. Tour with staff through the spaces and learn about architectural styles, urban history, and the ways they use spaces for interpretation. Your guides will be Joanna Robinson and Kurt Owens, interpretation assistants with The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Suggested Gear: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes 
Accessible: Yes, a short walk to the site is required; some city streets may be hard to maneuver
Lunch: Not included
Transportation: Participants will walk the .5 miles from the hotel (roughly 11 minutes)
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
12/1/2018 9:30 AM

Explore how history and culture are reflected in the use of architectural style and burial practices

This offsite takes you to one of the world’s most dazzling residential neighborhoods with its oak-tree lined streets as you examine the antebellum-era “Creole vs. American” conflict. Witness how history and culture are reflected in the use of architectural styles including Greek Revival, Italianante, Gothic, Georgian, and more. In addition, you will explore the famed above-ground tombs of the Lafayette Cemetery #1 and learn about New Orleans’ peculiar burial practices and funerary customs.

Maximum Number of Participants: 40
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Yes, this is a guided walking tour of the city; some city streets and the street car may be hard to maneuver
Lunch: Not included
Transportation: Combination walking and street car (ticket included)
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12/1/2018 10:00 AM

Experience jazz music where it all started

Spend a full day at the unique New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and learn about the diverse history and culture of New Orleans jazz. Start your Saturday morning the ‘New Orleans way’ with a yoga class to live jazz music performed by park rangers. After a morning of yoga, join the rangers for an introduction and overview of their interpretive programming. Later, experience an interactive African drumming circle and dancing demonstration followed by a brass band workshop (if you play, bring your own instrument and join in with these New Orleans musicians). Continue the day with a guided walking tour of the French Quarter focused on the development of New Orleans jazz. End the day with friends listening to live music on Frenchmen Street.

Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Suggested Gear: Comfortable clothing. Be sure to come prepared for yoga, drumming and dancing!
Accessible: Yes, a short walk to the site is required; some city streets may be hard to maneuver
Lunch: Lunch and drinks on your own in French Quarter
Transportation: Participants will walk one-mile from the hotel to the park  (approx. 20-minute)
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
12/1/2018 10:00 AM

Engaging Young Adults in Cultural Institutions

Join Ellen Balkin, Ogden Museum education manager, and Mikhayla Anderson, teen docent coordinator, along with Ogden Museum teen docents as they take you on a guided tour of the Ogden Museum followed by a discussion (with teen docents!) exploring the history of their award-winning teen docent program and how institutions can successfully engage youth to create mutually beneficial programs.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Teen Docent Program serves New Orleans area public school students with the goal of increasing their exposure to the arts, developing leadership and critical thinking skills, and empowering youth to be role models and share their talents with their community. The program was one of 12 selected for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities.

Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Yes, a short walk to the site is required; some city streets may be hard to maneuver
Lunch: Not included
Transportation: Participants will walk the .7 miles from the hotel (roughly 20 minutes)
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12/1/2018 10:00 AM

Swamp, Marsh, Bayou, and the Louisiana Estuary

Experience the full story of the wetlands in an eco-friendly, low-impact way as you kayak through a swamp, marsh, bayou, and into the Louisiana estuary system. Follow your guide in your own canoe or kayak (provided) as you venture down a natural undeveloped cane bayou. This offsite is guided by a Louisiana Master Naturalist who will stop along the way to give you detailed information about the bayous, swamps, and Louisiana’s wetland eco systems in surrounding New Orleans. Cane Bayou is the only undeveloped bayou left leading into Lake Pontchartrain, once at the lake, you will enjoy a po’boy lunch and for those who want, you may take a wade in the lake. Depending on the season, wildlife consists of ibises, egrets, herons, eagles, alligators, turtles, and more. Woodpeckers and assorted song birds are seasonal visitors to the living and dead cypress trees visible from the bayou.

Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Suggested Gear: Be sure to check the forecast and dress appropriately, check the weather the morning of the paddle
Accessible: No
Lunch: Included, please select option
Transportation: Provided—90-minute round trip
Other Notes: Drinking water, lunch, and waterproof cases for phones are provided. The tour lasts 3.5 to 4 hours, including a mid-paddle break. No experience required for kayaks, some experience recommended for canoes. Per paddler weight limit of 275 pounds (124.7 kg).
Category
6. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
11:50 AM - 6:00 PM
12/1/2018 11:50 AM

7. Guest Tickets

 
NAI invites you to bring a guest for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, a second-line brass-band parade, and a private museum tour as we open our 2018 conference with a welcome reception at The National WWII Museum.
Category
7. Guest Tickets
Time
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11/27/2018 5:30 PM

Join us for the opening night of our Resource Expo as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of NAI with a special recognition of our founding members over light hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Mingle among your colleagues as you stop by the exhibitor booths to learn about the latest services and products on the market.

Don’t forget to bid on the silent auction items to support the Resource Expo scholarship fund! NAI provides student scholarships as well as grant assistance to professional interpreters.
Category
7. Guest Tickets
Time
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
11/28/2018 4:30 PM

Menu Choices (please select after adding this event to your itinerary)
 
         
  • Herb roasted chicken breast stuffed with spinach, prosciutto, oven-dried tomato and mozzarella on pappardelle pasta with lemon thyme cream and broccolini
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  • Blackened Gulf catch, squash creole with Gulf shrimp, tomato, okra and Cajun rice pilaf
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  • Roasted Mediterranean vegetable tart with marinara sauce and fresh Parmesan(vegetarian)
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  • Indian vegetable chili with lemon-Basmati rice (vegan/gluten free)
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Meals are served with a salad and dessert—your choice of New Orleans' traditional bananas foster or bread pudding with bourbon sauce.
Category
7. Guest Tickets
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11/30/2018 6:00 PM