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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.

Registration for all add-on events (special evenings, offsites, preworkshops, etc.) closes October 20. After this date you will not be able to purchase tickets for these events, except through the Ticket Trader onsite. Note that all ticket trader transactions are participant to participant and you will have to work out payment with the seller.

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.

To help offset the rising cost of meeting space, we are offering a discounted conference registration rate for those staying at the conference host hotel (Sheraton Denver Downtown). The discounted conference rate is for those staying at the host hotel, after the room block is sold-out, conference discount rates will not be available. Participants will be required to enter their reservation confirmation number upon registering below.

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.

Volunteer Discount- NAI members can save even more money by volunteering for 8+ hours at the conference. To learn more on this savings, click here before you register.

Member Nonmember Retired, Seasonal, Volunteer Member
 Student Member
Early (payment received by August 15, 2019) 
Full registration  $475 $555 $420 $385
Full registration (discounted for guests at the host hotel, reservation confirmation number required)
$420 $500 $365 $330
Institutional Member Volume Discount* $400 --- --- ---
Institutional Member Volume Discount* (discounted for guests at the host hotel, reservation confirmation number required) $345 --- --- ---
Single day  $250 $330 $200 $175
Regular (pre-registration closes October 27, 2019) 
Full registration  $550 $630 $495 $385
Full registration (discounted for guests at the host hotel, reservation confirmation number required) $495 $575 $440 $330
Institutional Member Volume Discount* $475 --- --- ---
Institutional Member Volume Discount* (discounted for guests at the host hotel, reservation confirmation number required) $420 --- --- ---
Single day  $325 $405 $275 $250
* Institutional members who register two participants for the conference at full rate will receive this rate for all subsequent registrations. 
**Volunteer rate is $300. To get the volunteer rate you must be a member, sign up to volunteer for 8 hours, and be staying at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. 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:
  • Two keynote addresses
  • 80 percent of the cost of the NAI Professional Awards Banquet (ticketed event, see “Awards Banquet”)
  • Wednesday networking breakfast (attendees staying at the Sheraton)
  • Wednesday coffee break (attendees staying at the Sheraton)
  • More than 120 educational sessions
  • Resource Expo trade show with more than 50 vendors
  • Marketplace of Ideas
  • Conversation Pit and pop-up sessions
  • Silent auctions
  • Two open-bar receptions in the Resource Expo
  • Thursday coffee break
  • Interpretive Sourcebook: Proceedings from the Conference
Not included with registration are Tuesday opening (ticketed event), NAI Professional Awards reception and banquet (ticketed event), lodging, meals not listed above, pre-conference workshops, educational offsite sessions, and some Wednesday evening special events.

One-day registration includes attendance at conference sessions and any meals/events that are included in the registration package on that day.

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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2019 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 require any special accommodations, we do ask that you contact Michele Farmer as soon as possible.

Pre-Conference Workshop Minimums
NAI is happy to offer our conference attendees the opportunity to further their professional development by attending 1 or 2 day pre-conference workshops. These workshops are a great way to add or increase your skill sets through smaller group settings with instructors who are well-versed in their field. In order to meet the meeting space criteria, workshops are subject to cancellation if they do not meet the minimum amount of registrations. If this should happen pre-conference fees will be credited back to the attendees form of payment or you may switch to a workshop that is available.

Having issues with registration?
Please make sure that you have answered, and saved, all questions for the event. Some special events, offsites, and preworkshops have questions as well. If you have answered all of the questions and still have issues with the online registration process, please email Jamie King with a brief listing of all of the events you have added to your registration. This will help us quickly diagnose the problem and get your registration processed.

Pricing below is based on your current membership level.

As you proceed through registration, please be sure to hit save anytime you answer questions. This will ensure you don't have to go back and re-answer any questions.

When
11/12/2019 - 11/16/2019
Where
1550 Court Place Denver, CO 80202 UNITED STATES

Program

   

1. Additional Options

 
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 prior to the event and it is suggested that they plan to meet ahead of the First-Timer's Meeting on Tuesday afternoon (4:30pm).
Category
1. Additional Options
Time
11/12/2019 - 11/16/2019
11/12/2019

Scholarship monies will help working interpreters to attend future conferences.
Donations are in $25 increments.
Category
1. Additional Options
11/12/2019

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

 
Ticket Required

Celebrate the opening of the Denver Zoo Holiday Lights and the kickoff of the 2019 NAI National Conference! NAI invites you for an evening of food, fun, firepits, and s’mores at the Denver Zoo!

The Denver Zoo is graciously closing their zoo for the evening so that NAI conference attendees can enjoy the opening of their holiday season with their magical Zoo Lights.

Start off the evening in the open pavilion with a selection of hamburgers and hot dogs. From there stroll through the zoo as you take in the spectacle featuring more than two million lights, plus illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes, and appear in places where they are least expected. Enjoy roasting s’mores over open firepits and drinking hot chocolate while viewing the many animal experiences with zoo interpreters as you mingle with your colleagues.

Buses load and depart the Sheraton Downtown Denver from 5:00 to 5:30pm.
Cost for Conference Attendees: $25
Guest Ticket: $35 (can be purchased below)
Maximum Number of Attendees: 450
Category
2. Additional Events (Opening - 5k - Banquet)
Time
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11/12/2019 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 third 5K Fun Run! Proceeds support NAI scholarships. 

Cost includes T-shirt.

Thursday, 7:00am–[depends how fast you run!]
Category
2. Additional Events (Opening - 5k - Banquet)
Time
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
11/14/2019 7:00 AM

Ticket Required

Join us for a night of drinks, food, fun, and live entertainment as we celebrate the best in interpretation. Help us celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues as we honor the 2019 NAI Fellow, Master Interpretive Manager, Master Front-Line Interpreter, Outstanding New Interpreter, Outstanding Senior/Retired Interpreter, and Outstanding Interpretive Volunteer awards.

Conference Attendee: $15 (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 plated dinner and entertainment.)

Guest Ticket: $60 (can be purchased below)

Menu Choices

  • Seared sea bass, spaetzle, roasted acorn squash, Brussels sprouts
  • Chili seared flat iron steak, sweet potato puree, roasted root vegetables
  • Vegetarian/gluten free: Tofu, sweet potato puree, roasted root vegetables
Meals include baby spinach, grilled radicchio, honeycrisp apple, smoked almonds, cheddar streusel, mustard vinaigrette salad, and a black forest gateaux, port cherries, and almond tuiles dessert.
Category
2. Additional Events (Opening - 5k - Banquet)
Time
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
11/15/2019 5:00 PM

3. Pre-Conference Workshops

 
A Family, Two Forts, and a Massacre
Monday–Tuesday (overnight)

If you want to walk in the footsteps of history, then this is for you! Participants will leave Denver early on Monday, November 11, and travel across the plains three and a half hours to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in La Junta, which is a completely reconstructed 1840s fur trade fort. At Bent’s Old Fort they will be given an exciting tour by a member of the park staff in first person, and then a program by Jake Koch on the way a peaceful trading post dramatically altered a people’s way of life. 

After their time at Bent’s Old Fort, participants will visit the often-ignored location of Bent’s New Fort, later known as Fort Wise, then Fort Lyon after the army took over. They will tour the site, which is only interpreted with waysides to learn about the site’s importance in the prelude to the Sand Creek Massacre before going on to Lamar where they will spend the night.

On the morning of November 12, participants will depart Lamar and arrive at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, where they will be given a meaningful guided tour by park staff. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in an interactive discussion with interpretive staff from both sites discussing the different techniques used at each of the three locations, difficulties faced at each site, as well as the challenges in telling a larger story with three separate sites. Participants will then arrive back to Denver in time for the official start of the National Conference.

Trip leaders: Jake Koch, Tom Rose, Kendra Moore; Cultural and Historical Interpretation Section
Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Not included
Lodging: One night included (Monday in Lamar, Colorado)
Time: Depart Monday 7:00am; return Tuesday 3:00pm
Transportation: Provided
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
11/11/2019 7:00 AM - 11/12/2019 3:00 PM
11/11/2019 7:00 AM

Monday only

Volunteerism is alive and well—but undergoing significant transformation in many ways. Is your organization keeping up as attracting, retaining, and motivating volunteers become more challenging today than ever before? Explore contemporary topics in volunteer engagement, including utilizing social media recruitment techniques, reaching new audiences for volunteering, working toward a diverse and inclusive volunteer corps, and addressing rogue volunteers, as well as implementing new strategies for learning and training.

The day will include opportunities to apply topics discussed to your own site, to share ideas with other participants, and to look at practices of other organizations. Bring your tough volunteer challenges to this workshop and leave with an action plan you can confidently apply at your home site.

Presenters: Jim Covel, Director of Training and Interpretation, Monterey Bay Aquarium; Karin Hostetter, Owner, Interp This
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Coffee break included. Lunch is not included
Lodging: Not included
Location: Sheraton Downtown Denver
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11/11/2019 8:00 AM

to Become More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Interpretive Organizations
Monday only

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is core to the mission of the National Association for Interpretation, our profession, and interpretive organizations, sites, and agencies. NAI aspires to develop, promote, and sustain an organizational culture that values, nurtures, and leverages diversity and inclusion in all activities. This includes leading by example and sharing successful models for the profession and leaders within interpretive organizations.

To be a successful organization in today’s diverse and changing environment, we need inclusive leaders who are energizing and motivating. Studies indicate that an organization that embraces and values diversity as an integral part of its goals can have a positive impact on individual productivity, organizational effectiveness, and sustained competitiveness. Inclusive leaders have the ability to create a workplace environment where each employee feels authentically valued, respected, and engaged in
achieving the organizational mission and vision.

Understanding and embracing DEI involves the critical examination of bias, privilege, and oppression and the many ways it plays out personally and professionally, visibly, and invisibly within our organizations. In this workshop facilitated by members of NAI’s DEI Committee, participants will examine their organizations, share experiences, learn best practices from each other, and develop model examples for the organization and profession.

Presenters: NAI DEI Committee Members: Brian Forist, Ph.D; Parker McMullen Bushman, Vice President of Programs, Interpretation & Exhibits, Butterfly Pavilion; Christina Cid, Director of Programs, High Desert Museum; Casey Bries, Education & Outreach Coordinator, City of Boulder; Kyrie Kellett, Principal, Mason Bee Interpretive Planning
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Coffee break included. Lunch is not included
Lodging: Not included
Location: Sheraton Downtown Denver
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11/11/2019 8:00 AM

Do You Have the Tools to Stay Relevant?
Monday onsite/Tuesday offsite

Helping visitors find personal relevancy with global climate change can be challenging. Our workshop is designed to help you meet this challenge through experiential, collaborative learning in a collegial environment. 

You will be provided with foundational climate science, opportunities to engage with scientists and peers, exposure to new technologies, and project time to start an action plan for integrating the latest science, emerging technologies, and innovative communication techniques into your interpretive efforts. You will learn about the latest in basic global climate science, using systems thinking as a context for understanding and interpreting climate change. We will introduce NASA visualization and citizen science tools, and share examples of climate interpretation drawn from the Earth to Sky partnership and participants’ own experiences.  

We will also visit the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Lab to learn about and discuss local impacts of global change with researchers studying climate and global dynamics, explore data visualization and virtual reality technologies, and engage with NCAR’s communication and education professionals. Together we will share and compare best practices and challenges in climate science communication and audience engagement. Weather permitting, we will also observe global-to-local impacts of a changing climate on the surrounding landscape. 
 
Presenters: Anita Davis, Tiffany Fourment, Jenna Giddens, John Morris, Ruth Paglierani, NASA and NCAR scientist(s) TBD
Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Monday coffee break included. Monday lunch is not included; Tuesday lunch included
Time: Monday, 8:00am–5:00pm; Tuesday, 8:00am–4:00pm
Lodging: Not included
Location: Sheraton Downtown Denver & NCAR
Transportation to NCAR: Included
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
11/11/2019 8:00 AM - 11/12/2019 4:00 PM
11/11/2019 8:00 AM

Monday–Tuesday

Join NAI’s Nature Center Directors and Administrators Section on the Interpreter’s Road Show in Denver! We will be visiting the Children’s Museum of Denver, History Colorado Center, South Platte Park and Carson Nature Center, Butterfly Pavilion, and Lookout Mountain Nature Center and 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. Highlights this year include Joy Park and Adventure Forest play area at the children’s museum, and an opportunity to speak to an award-winning exhibit developer at History Colorado Center. 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.

All transportation, lunch both days, and dinner Monday night are included in this trip. There will be no off-site, overnight lodging during this trip. Participants should make sure they reserve lodging for Monday night at their hotel of choice for the NAI National Conference.

Trip leader: Brian Thill, Director of Education, South Carolina Aquarium
Maximum Number of Participants: 24
Minimum Number of Participants: 20
Lodging: Not Included
Meals: Monday/Tuesday lunch; Monday dinner
Time: Monday 8:00am–7:00pm; Tuesday 9:00am–3:00pm
Transportation: Provided
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
11/11/2019 8:00 AM - 11/12/2019 3:00 PM
11/11/2019 8:00 AM

Creating Sensory-Friendly Museum Opportunities
Tuesday

Our journey in researching, developing, and implementing sensory-friendly visits at Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park has resulted in a more welcoming and inclusive environment, more empowered allies to persons on the autism spectrum and/or with sensory processing differences, and lots of questions from interpreters in places where such programming does not exist. We are thrilled to be able to share our “lessons learned” and get people jump started by guiding them through the step-by -step planning process that has resulted in more engaged and excited staff and volunteers, and many repeat visits from families that include someone on the autism spectrum and/or with sensory processing differences. Active participants will leave with a well-developed proposal for implementation. What a way to get pumped up for the rest of the conference!

Through active engagement of program participants with simulations and the creation of hands-on products specific to their organizations, this capacity-building workshop will review best practices and offer practical step by step strategies for developing and implementing sensory-friendly visit opportunities in public places and institutions, based on firsthand experience of the presenters within their place of work.

Presenters: Brady McKellar, Director of Museum Operations, Vermilionville Living History Museum; Melanie Harrington, Education Coordinator, Vermilionville Living History Museum
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Coffee break included. Lunch is not included.
Lodging: Not included
Location: Sheraton Downtown Denver
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11/12/2019 8:00 AM

Supervisory Boot Camp
Tuesday

Do you supervise people and wish you’d had more training before being thrown into the trenches? Are you thinking of becoming a supervisor but don’t know where to start your basic training? Well, then, this is the workshop for you. Join us for a one-day, down-and-dirty “boot camp” focusing on core skills necessary to lead and manage successful teams and yourself. Priority setting, goal management, communication styles, people management, self-care, personal and professional leadership, and more are necessary skills for positive, prosperous, and professional leaders.

Deep in the trenches we will first explore self, team, and the interrelationships that make for successful collaborative teams. Beyond theory, we’ll share our experiences and advice in an atmosphere designed to help you emerge with a personal plan of action as you share your skills and insights with other camp cadets. Think you’ve got what it takes? 

Presenters: Tom Moffatt, leader and supervisor of nature centers and other environmental education facilities; Denise Robertson, Superintendent of Aztec Ruins National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historical Park; Lynn Cartmell, Chief of Visitor Services, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Coffee break included. Lunch is not included.
Lodging: Not included
Location: Sheraton Downtown Denver
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11/12/2019 8:00 AM

Tuesday

Historic sites, museums, and parks across the country have struggled for decades to recruit and retain interpreters of color. This is true even for sites in majority-minority communities, or for sites that are geographically close to racially diverse urban areas. A homogeneous team of interpreters may make the site less welcoming to visitors of color, lead to less nuanced or authentic programming on slavery or US racial history, and in the case of living history sites can unintentionally erase the enslaved and/or free Black experience from the site’s narratives. But, why is it so challenging to recruit and retain interpreters and living historians of color?

This one-day workshop will help participants identify and breakdown the complexity of barriers that stop potential interpretive staff from applying and explore the problematic institutional patterns that wear interpreters of color down and cause them to leave the field. We will also discuss the history of slavery, the creation of uniquely American racial ideologies, and how cultural heritage sites can either perpetuate or breakdown a long history of racist ideas, policies and social norms through improved staff training, more adequate support and nuanced programming.

Presenters: Elon Cook Lee, Program Director, Center for Reconciliation, Curator for History and Legacy of Slavery; Cheyney McKnight, Owner, Not Your Momma’s History
Maximum Number of Participants: 24
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Coffee break included. Lunch is not included.
 Lodging: Not included
Location: Sheraton Downtown Denver
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11/12/2019 8:00 AM

Tuesday

Open to all CIG instructors.

The Cutting Edge pre-conference workshop is an established tradition that provides interpretive trainers a venue for new ideas, best practices, methods, and techniques used in the Certified Interpretive Guide course. We will spend part of the day sharing our experiences and learning from one another with a facilitated idea-sharing/problem-solving session, so bring anything you want to share. This year you will also have an opportunity to spend half the day with Master Trainers to dive into new sections of the workbook. 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.

Presenters: Susan Schafer, Volunteer Services Program Manager, City of Fort Collins; Karin Hostetter, Owner/Trainer/Writer, Interp This; Andre Copeland, Interpretive Programs Manager, Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo); Cindy Robinson, Park Interpreter, South Suburban Parks & Recreation–South Platte Park
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Minimum Number of Participants: 4
Meals: Coffee break included. Lunch is not included.
Lodging: Not included
Location: Sheraton Downtown Denver
Category
3. Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11/12/2019 8:00 AM

4. Special Evening Events

 
Calling All Foodies

What could be better than learning about a city’s rich history while sampling great food along the way? Join this special evening event to learn about Denver’s colorful history with a guided tour of the Lower Downtown district (or LoDo, as locals call it) as your guide talks about the historic Union Station, the Warehouse District, and the very colorful 16th Street Mall! Taste yumminess like Pork Noodle Dish from Zoe Mona, Pulled Pork with sample of house made beer at Wynkoop Brewing (one of the oldest breweries in Denver), Neapolitan-style pizza at Lucky Pie, and gelato at Denver Milk Market.

Maximum Number of Participants: 100
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Provided
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
4. Special Evening Events
Time
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11/13/2019 6:30 PM

Tuk, Tuk Your Way Through the City

One of the most incredible ways to take in this magnificent city! Join your guide as they take you through the city streets on an eTuk, from historic Larimer Square (Mile High City’s oldest and most historic block) to River North (RiNo) Art District where you can find colorful and innovative street art murals in alleys and on buildings around almost every corner. Drive by historical buildings like the Union Station, the Brown Palace, and the Molly Brown House.

Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Minimum Number of Participants: 5
Meals: None
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Not accessible
Transportation: eTuks provided
Category
4. Special Evening Events
Time
6:45 PM - 9:15 PM
11/13/2019 6:45 PM

National Ballpark Museum, Coors Field, and Baseball Trivia

Join NAI’s deputy director, baseball enthusiast, and helmet sundae cup collector Paul Caputo on a fun-filled evening with private guided tours of the National Ballpark Museum and Coors Field, home to Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies. First up is the National Ballpark Museum, recognized my Smithsonian Books as one of the top 21 finest private baseball collections in the world, and a one-of-a-kind treasure that includes ballpark memorabilia from Ebbets Field, Forbes Field, and the Polo Grounds. Afterwards, get behind the scenes at Coors Field, one of Major League Baseball’s premier stadiums.

End the evening at a local restaurant where the group will play a baseball trivia game led by Paul!

Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Minimum Number of Participants: 5
Meals: None included, but we’ll hit a restaurant near the ballpark (self-pay) after the tours.
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Yes, attendees will take the 16th Street shuttle and walk three blocks. Some city streets may be hard to maneuver
Transportation: 16th Street shuttle or guided walking with group. Sites are located approximately one mile from hotel.
Category
4. Special Evening Events
Time
6:45 PM - 9:30 PM
11/13/2019 6:45 PM

Sure to convince even the most skeptical of ghost critics

Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has been voted one of the top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods in the country. Walk along the shady, tree-lined sidewalks of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, enjoy the fresh air, and learn about Denver’s colorful and often scandalous past. This area has been documented as the most haunted neighborhood in the city of Denver. The tour offers an expansive range of information, including the history of the neighborhood, scandals from the past, and haunted dwellings. Fun facts about Denver and some of its famous residents are also included in this tour.

Learn about some of the most haunted dwellings in the city of Denver and hear chilling stories of betrayal, scandal, and murder. Sheedy Mansion, Peabody Whitehead Mansion (featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Tours), Molly Brown House, and Crooke Patterson Manson are featured. Many participants have reported paranormal activity during this tour.

Maximum Number of Participants: 80
Minimum Number of Participants: 5
Meals: None
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
4. Special Evening Events
Time
6:45 PM - 9:15 PM
11/13/2019 6:45 PM

Brewskies, History, and Scandals!

This special evening event is a guided walking tour through downtown Denver’s historic LoDo (as locals call Lower Downtown) district. If you are interested in learning more about the history of beer, how it is made, what the different types are, and how they differ, why Denver has been dubbed the “Napa Valley of Beer,” or about the history of Denver and how it became the city it is today, then the Denver Microbrew Tour is for you. 

During three stops, you will visit a brewpub that began a nationwide franchise, drink in a brewery founded by one of Colorado’s governors, and hang out in the best craft beer bar in Denver. You will also learn about some of Denver’s most scandalous history and taste of a huge variety of beers.

What’s Included:
- Visits to three Denver locations 
- 9+ beer samples along the way
- Light snacks at first location 
- Souvenir tasting glass
- Scandalous Denver history tidbits 
- Awesome tour guide, who is a Denverite and beer expert

Maximum Number of Participants: 80
Minimum Number of Participants: 5
Meals: Light snacks
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
4. Special Evening Events
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11/13/2019 7:00 PM

Scientists doing stand-up? How is this even possible?

Science Riot teaches real-life scientists to do comedy about their reallife jobs. Join your colleagues for a night of laughter and learning as these awkward nerds and befuddled scientists have you gasping and gaping as you learn things you never knew about science—and who knew STEM could be this funny!

Maximum Number of Participants: 120
Minimum Number of Participants: 40
Accessible: Yes, located in hotel meeting room
Transportation: Event located in hotel
Category
4. Special Evening Events
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
11/13/2019 7:00 PM

5. Educational Offsite Sessions

 
Fountain Creek Nature Center, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and a Scenic Drive through the Garden of the Gods

This tour will highlight some of the most interesting locations of Colorado Springs. We will first stop at Fountain Creek Nature Center, where Certified Interpretive Trainer Nancy Bernard will share how they created a brand new human history exhibit that fulfills FCNC’s mission “to connect people to their natural and cultural resources” by telling the human history of Fountain Creek, from inception to completion—and how to do it on a shoestring budget!

From there we will continue on to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where we will visit interactive hands-on stations hosted by the education team and meet ambassador animals and their keepers and even touch an animal! After lunch we will proceed to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (CSPM), an American Alliance of Museums–accredited municipal history museum that builds a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak region by preserving and sharing Colorado Springs’ cultural history. Here we will join program coordinator Meg Poole for a demonstration and discussion of the CSPM’s interpretive program offerings, to visit the children’s interactive “Trade at Bent’s Fort” exhibit, and explore some of our favorite exhibits including the newly opened “Evidence,” which examines the findings of an archaeological excavation at the home of our city’s founder, General William Jackson Palmer. On our trip back to Denver we will drive through Garden of the Gods, one of the most striking natural features of the area, and stop to snap a few pictures.

Maximum Number of Participants: 40
Minimum Number of Participants: 16
Meals: Lunch at zoo
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes
Accessible: Yes
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 7:00am; returns to hotel 5:30pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
11/16/2019 7:00 AM

Along the South Platte River

Join Ted Floyd, editor of Birding Magazine and author of several books, to look for migrating waterfowl, bald eagles, and winter avian residents at South Platte Park, a large open space and Important Bird Area within the Metro Area’s beltway. Visit with the interpretive staff of the park for a presentation on the incredible flood history of the area and a conversation on initiatives for interpreting urban nature. Play in the sand of the large flood demonstration table and tour exhibits in the Carson Nature Center. Enjoy a meal before heading back to the hotel.

Maximum Number of Participants: 26
Minimum Number of Participants: 14
Meals: Lunch included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes
Accessible: Not accessible
Transportation: Van provided. Departs at 8:00am; returns to hotel 1:30pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
11/16/2019 8:00 AM

Buffalo Bill, the Wild Wild West and Dinosaurs—Wait, What?

Travel above 7,500 feet to visit amazing natural and historical places! Our tour begins with a stop at Genesee Park to see the only city-owned free-ranging bison. Considered one of the country’s wildest herds. Then we’ll go to Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, where museum staff will provide an overview about the museum and its audience, and answer questions about Buffalo Bill and the Wild West. From there, it is a short ride to Lookout Mountain Nature Center (Jefferson County Open Space), where rangers will talk briefly about the history of LMNC, how it was one of the first nature centers to use recycled/ecologically sound material, and explain the changes they’ve gone through from a stale permanent exhibit to temporary exhibits emphasizing stewardship messages. Weather permitting, the ranger will lead you on a half hour hike. After lunch end your journey at Dinosaur Ridge, one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil localities.

Maximum Number of Participants: 40
Minimum Number of Participants: 25
Meals: Boxed lunch provided
Suggested Gear: Wear shoes for hiking, dress in layers for the weather, and bring drinking water and snacks.
Accessible: Hiking paths may not be accessible.
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:00am; returns to hotel 5:00pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11/16/2019 8:00 AM

Interpreting Historical Sites in the Mountains

Travel to the mountains to visit two locations rich in history. We will stop first at Staunton State Park, the latest addition to the state park system, to check out the historical displays in the visitor center, and then proceed to visit one or more of the historical cabins in the park where knowledgeable volunteers will provide living history interpretation. After lunch, the tour continues to historic Hiwan Museum in Evergreen, Colorado, for a behind-the-scenes tour of this living heritage center led by NAI’s own Tim Sandsmark, the museum director. The museum was once a cherished retreat for a wealthy family, later the
headquarters of the sprawling Hiwan Ranch.

Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Minimum Number of Participants: 16
Meals: Lunch included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes
Accessible: Some areas are not accessible.
Transportation: Bus provided. Departs at 8:00am; returns to hotel 3:15pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
11/16/2019 8:00 AM

Agricultural History, Management Tools for Public Engagement, and a Hike!

Take a trip to Boulder County’s Agricultural Heritage Center, where live animals, furnished buildings, and hands-on activities educate youth and adults about Boulder County’s agricultural history. Then see a presentation by wildlife biologists on elk over-population and how elk hunting became a management tool that included public engagement in the decision process. After lunch (included) we’ll visit Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain for a three-mile hike, and possibly see live elk.

Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Minimum Number of Participants: 15
Meals: Boxed lunch included
Suggested Gear: Wear shoes for hiking, dress in layers for the weather, and bring drinking water and snacks.
Accessible: Yes, with limited access for hiking. Please contact NAI for more information.
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:15am; returns to hotel 4:45pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:15 AM - 4:45 PM
11/16/2019 8:15 AM

Join Naturalists as You Explore The Area’s Ecology

Join Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) naturalists to explore and experience natural and cultural history of OSMP at historic Chautauqua. Enjoy an introduction to the area’s ecology and history; learn about OSMP’s musical programming while taking in lovely and forested views and a chance to see some of the area’s wildlife. The group will meet at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage for this easy two-mile hike. After the hike, a guide from Chautauqua Association will lead us on an hour-long tour of this national historic landmark.

Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Minimum Number of Participants: 20
Meals: None
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for hiking.
Accessible: Some areas of hike may be hard to maneuver.
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:15am; returns to hotel 1:00pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:15 AM - 1:00 PM
11/16/2019 8:15 AM

Let’s Talk All About Exhibits!

Join Denver Zoo for a look into what it takes to design a new outdoor exhibit for today’s multi-generational audience. Visit the brand-new Harmony Hill Bears Exhibit and learn how it incorporates messages to educate guests on successfully coexisting with bears. Explore everything it takes to open an immersive conservation focused exhibit from marketing to evaluation and from exhibit design to volunteer and staff programming. Take a guided tour through Denver Zoo’s exhibits and meet with volunteer interpreters and other education staff. After a catered lunch at the zoo, continue this exploration of modern exhibit design next door at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Hear from museum education staff about the museum’s brand-new first-floor experience, a pop-up, community-responsive exhibit created with input from the community. Explore the exhibit and discover some tools and techniques that you can use yourself!

Maximum Number of Participants: 40
Minimum Number of Participants: 25
Meals: Lunch included at the zoo
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes
Accessible: Yes
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:15am; returns to hotel 5:00pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
11/16/2019 8:15 AM

Flora, Fauna, and the Prairie

There is more to the prairie than grass! Take a wagon ride to explore the flora, fauna, and abiotic features that make the prairies such a valuable and diverse ecosystem. Learn the history of Plains Native American tribes on the Colorado prairie from the 1700s and 1800s. Visit a replica sod homestead complete with schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and traditionally sized family homes circa 1887.

Maximum Number of Participants: 60
Minimum Number of Participants: 25
Meals: Boxed lunch included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Yes
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:15am; returns to hotel 1:45pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:15 AM - 1:45 PM
11/16/2019 8:15 AM

Outdoor Centered Learning in the Rocky Mountain’s Iconic Landscapes

Creating interpretive and educational programs for teens can be a daunting task. Luckily, outdoor-centered learning provides abundant opportunities for interpreters to address the needs of teen learners. Join a ranger-led program to practice tested outdoor activities that engage teens in two successful programs: Boulder County’s award-winning Left-Hand Outdoor Challenge program and the City of Boulder’s Junior Ranger Naturalist program. Learn winter survival skills, build your own fire, and participate in a search-and-rescue operation in some of the Rocky Mountain’s most iconic landscapes. This will be a physically challenging field trip! Come prepared to spend the day outdoors regardless of the weather.

Maximum Number of Participants: 16
Minimum Number of Participants: 16
Meals: Water, snacks, lunch, and s’mores will be provided.
Suggested Gear: Hiking boots, appropriate winter clothing, and outdoor essentials are required.
Accessible: Very physically challenging. Hiking paths may not be accessible.
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:15am; returns to hotel 4:45pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:15 AM - 4:45 PM
11/16/2019 8:15 AM

Water is as Precious as Gold!

Join this walking tour focusing on water as a unifying factor throughout Denver’s history. Denver’s founding and future are inseparable from the waters of the South Platte River and its largest tributary, Cherry Creek. Gold seekers established a pair of settlements at the streams’ confluence in 1858. These boomtowns merged in 1860 to become Denver. In its first century, Denver grew to 490,000 residents, and expanded economically to become the largest U.S. metropolitan center for 500 miles in any direction. The city’s vitality is limited by its water resources—usually there’s too little, though sometimes there’s too much! Securing adequate quantity and quality of water in the city’s semi-arid high plains ecosystem has led to an urban water system that’s a marvel of engineering. Today, metro Denver supplies drinking water for more than three million people, at the same time cleansing about 200 million gallons per day. Along the tour you will be sampling the water for invertebrates and panning for gold!

Maximum Number of Participants: 24
Minimum Number of Participants: 2
Meals: Not included
Suggested Gear: Plan on wearing clothes that can get dirty and wet. Waders will be provided.
Accessible: Yes, this is a two-mile walking tour where some city streets may be hard to maneuver.
Transportation: None; guided walking tour starting and ending at Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
11/16/2019 8:30 AM

Experience a Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Invertebrates are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom, and we—you and us—stand on the backs of these tiny giants! Come visit the Butterfly Pavilion, the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited, nonprofit invertebrate zoo in the world, and a leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration, and connection. Explore our interactive exhibits featuring live animal encounters with a staff guide. Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of our chrysalis chamber and rearing room where we care for our animals.

Maximum Number of Participants: 50
Minimum Number of Participants: 20
Meals: Light snacks
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: This experience is wheelchair accessible.
Transportation: Bus ride included. Leave hotel at 8:30am; return 1:30pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
11/16/2019 8:30 AM

Visit the Father of Interpretation’s Mountain Home

Welcome to Rocky Mountain National Park! Visit the original homestead cabin built by Enos Mills, the father of Rocky Mountain National Park, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Travel on to Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park to watch the park movie and pick up a souvenir in the park store. After lunch enjoy a ranger-led hike around beautiful Sprague Lake (1/2 mile, 8,690 feet above sea level) to discuss interpretive offerings at the park, the challenge of dealing with over 4.6 million visitors, and the fascinating ecosystem we’re hiking through.

Maximum Number of Participants: 50
Minimum Number of Participants: 30
Meals: Boxed lunch included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking and outdoors. Participants are strongly advised to bring trekking poles and/or some kind of traction device like YakTraks or Microspikes for their boots.
Accessible: Not accessible; very rough terrain
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:30am; returns to hotel 5:30pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
11/16/2019 8:30 AM

Spend the Morning with Wildlife and the Afternoon Learning about the Golden Eagle

Start your morning at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge with over 330 species of wildlife featuring bison, bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, burrowing owls, prairie dogs, and migratory birds. As you go through the Visitor Center and live ferret enclosure followed by a driving tour of the Refuge. Then join staff at the National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repository for a short tour of the facility that houses 1.3 million wildlife items. Learn about wildlife trade and wildlife trafficking, and the role of the repository while exploring wildlife items that have been confiscated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at our ports of entry. You will also learn about the Eagle Repository, which distributes feathers and parts from bald and golden eagles to members of federally recognized tribes.

Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Minimum Number of Participants:
16
Meals: not included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
Accessible: Yes
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:30am; returns to hotel 12:30pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
11/16/2019 8:30 AM

Unique Experience and Important Discussions

Topher Downham and Mark Davison will lead a two-mile wheelchair hike around Wonderland Lake. Participants will get to experience hiking using a wheelchair on this moderate rolling trail. Be prepared for a slow, fun, eye-opening roll around this beautiful lake nestled in the foothills of North Boulder. We’ll stop at some of the more picturesque locations to discuss the experience, enjoy a snack, and take in the local flora and fauna. Special guests on the hike include Lydia Davison and a few other children experiencing disabilities. After returning to the trail head and eating lunch, we’ll try out the all-terrain power-assist handcycles, taking turns testing trails on these game-changing hand-bikes that get people with disabilities far out in nature on rough terrain.

Maximum Number of Participants: 15
Minimum Number of Participants: 15
Meals: Boxed lunch included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for hiking and biking
Accessible: Yes
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:30am; returns to hotel 3:00pm
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
11/16/2019 8:30 AM

See Masterpieces by Impressionist Claude Monet and Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still, and meet Museum Staff

This is the perfect opportunity to see the Claude Monet exhibit without having to book a time and wait in long lines! Visit Denver Art Museum on a self-guided tour of their new exhibit, “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature,” the most comprehensive U.S. exhibit of Monet paintings in more than two decades. Spanning Monet’s entire career, this exhibit focuses on his relationship with nature. Meet with museum staff to learn about the creative and innovative approach they took to engage broader audiences, creating a structured experience that would fulfill teacher requests for student educational experiences and would better engage family groups.

After lunch you will visit the Clyfford Still Museum where you will join the museum’s Director of Education and Programs for a guided tour of the fall exhibitions: Collection Highlights and Elemental. We'll discuss strategies, challenges, and successes in making these exhibitions more accessible and welcoming for audiences. 

Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Lunch on your own at Mad Greens
Suggested Gear: Weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes
Accessible: Yes
Transportation: Within walking distance of hotel
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11/16/2019 9:00 AM

Learn the Incredible History of Colorado

In this guided tour, learn how History Colorado collaborated with different communities to tell the story of Colorado in engaging ways, and observe some of the out-of-the-box ways History Colorado interprets and shares Colorado history while visiting several exhibits such as Living West, Written on the Land, Colorado Stories, Beer Here!, and Destination Colorado.

Maximum Number of Participants: 60
Minimum Number of Participants: 5
Meals: Not included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes
Accessible: Yes, some city streets may be hard to maneuver.
Transportation: None provided. Museum is located .6 miles from hotel
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11/16/2019 9:00 AM

Calling all historic house buffs!

Take an in-depth look into Coloradan community dynamics at the turn of the 20th century from the different perspectives of two restored historic homes. Begin with a guided tour of the Molly Brown House Museum to learn about an influential figure in Denver and how the house was saved from demolition in 1970 and restored into a museum. The Molly Brown House also features a new NEH grant–funded exhibit on mining history of Colorado in the home’s renovated basement.

Next, continue the journey with a guided tour of the Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, part of History Colorado’s museum and the first state museum, now restored to the era of 1912–1924. Learn about the different women who inhabited the home since 1883, their impact on early Denver, and how their local stories connect to the broader stories of women’s history worldwide. Byers-Evans also features the “Women/Work/Justice” exhibit, which explores seven Colorado women and communities who not only challenged local and national workplace shifts from 1914 through 1980, but who also drove the change.

Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Not included. We will stop at Pablo’s Coffee House for a coffee or pastry to go (self-pay).
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for walking. Prepare for being indoors and outdoors, camera (photos are allowed in Molly Brown House without flash; photos are allowed in Byers-Evans); no backpacks in Byers-Evans, but they have free lockers onsite (pack light for the day)
Accessible: Yes, some city streets may be hard to maneuver. Main floor of house and basement at Molly Brown is accessible via lift; Byers-Evans first floor and gallery are accessible.
Transportation: None; 10-minute walk to houses from Sheraton.
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
11/16/2019 9:30 AM

Rich in African American History

Follow the footsteps of the people who brought the power of Denver’s African American community to life. Join a guided walking tour through the Five Points Historic Cultural District to learn the stories about the people, places, and ideas the helped shape African American culture and history. This tour will explore the Welton Street corridor and transport you back in time to 1920–1950 when the street was the heart of the African American community in the Rocky Mountain West. Discover the stories of jazz greats, military heroes, and the impressive lists of “firsts” that this thriving and powerful community added to history. This tour will be given by Terri Gentry, who can trace her family’s roots to Five Points and who will share some of her personal memories of the neighborhood.

Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: None
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for walking tour.
Accessible: Yes, however some city streets may be hard to maneuver.
Transportation: None; long guided walking tour starting and ending at Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel
Category
5. Educational Offsite Sessions
Time
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11/16/2019 10:00 AM

6. Guest Tickets

 
NAI invites you to bring a guest for an evening of Zoo Lights, food, and fun as we open our 2019 conference with a welcome reception at The Denver Zoo.
Category
6. Guest Tickets
Time
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11/12/2019 5:30 PM

Hors d’oeuvres, Open Bar, and Exhibits

Join us for the opening night of our Resource Expo with a special recognition of our past NAI presidents 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 scholarship fund! NAI provides student scholarships as well as grant assistance to professional interpreters.
Category
6. Guest Tickets
Time
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
11/13/2019 4:30 PM

Category
6. Guest Tickets
Time
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
11/14/2019 7:00 AM

Wear your favorite western hat, spurs, jeans, and boots and join us in the Resource Expo as we say thank you to our exhibitors and sponsors with an evening of light hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

The silent auction ends at 6:00pm! This year we will not be hosting a live auction so be sure to bid, bid, bid on the silent auction items.
Category
6. Guest Tickets
Time
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
11/14/2019 4:30 PM

Menu Choices

  • Seared sea bass, spaetzle, roasted acorn squash, Brussels sprouts
  • Chili seared flat iron steak, sweet potato puree, roasted root vegetables
  • Vegetarian/gluten free: Tofu, sweet potato puree, roasted root vegetables
Meals include baby spinach, grilled radicchio, honeycrisp apple, smoked almonds, cheddar streusel, mustard vinaigrette salad, and a black forest gateaux, port cherries, and almond tuiles dessert.

Email meal choices to jking@interpnet.com if you have more than two guests.
Category
6. Guest Tickets
Time
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
11/15/2019 5:00 PM