2020 NAI Chesapeake Region 2 Workshop

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

Come connect, learn and network on Wallops Island. Our theme, “Water Connect us all, braiding a flowing tapestry across landscapes and time” is designed to help us share our natural and cultural resources through a universal of water that is needed for all life past and present. 

A great venue and generous workshop sponsor, the Chincoteague Bay Field Station provides a wonderful setting, professional meeting spaces, and comfortable residential facilities. Del Marva Discovery Museum, host and sponsor for the pre-workshop focusing on all levels and stages of exhibit design, is just 20 minutes away. 

Workshop Registration Fees

  NAI Member
Student Member
Early Bird Registration, Register by February 8, 2020
Full Registration $240 $315 $175
Single Day Registration  $145 $180 $145
Regular Registration, Register by February 20, 2020
Full Registration  $270 $345 $205
Single Day Registration  $175 $210 $175
Walk-in Registration (if space available ONLY)
Full Registration  $300 $375 $205

Full registration with confirmed attendance will receive 24 Hours of continuing Education Credit for NAI Recertifications.

must be made in writing by email to Krosenthal@arlingtonva.us no later than February 20, 2020. There will be a non-refundable processing fee of $50. After that date, refunds will be given only by review of the regional leadership.

Venue and Lodging

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

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

Please reserve lodging when registering. On-site lodging is suite-style dorm rooms in the Red Knott Residence Hall.  Four bedrooms to a suite.  Must bring OWN BEDDING, towels and toiletries. All suites have large shared bathroom. 
Lodging will be $42 per person, per night double or triple occupancy depending on availability. 

Questions? Contact Workshop Chairs

Sammy Zambon  sammy.zambon@dcr.virginia.gov
Yvonne Johnson  yvonne.johnson@fairfaxcounty.gov - 703-437-9101

Workshop Preview

Meals included in Registration with noted exceptions.

Tuesday, March 17
From Concept to Completion - The flow of exhibit design. 
Hosted at and by the Del Marva Discovery Museum
Lunch included in registration fees.

Wednesday, March 18
Welcome and opening remarks and AM and PM concurrent sessions.

Dinner included in full registration fee, single day registrants can purchase guest ticket. Below you will be asked to select from:
  • Fried Seafood Feast
    • A bowl of clam chowder, fish, crab cake, shrimp, scallops, clam strips and oysters
  • Broiled Seafood Feast
    • A bowl of clam chowder, fish, crab imperial, shrimp, scallops, roasted clams and oysters
  • Herb Roasted Prime Rib
    • A hearty cut, dry rubbed with our house seasoning & slow roasted by our chef’s, served with au jus
  • Herb Roasted Chicken Breast
    • Topped with Boursin crème
  • Pasta with Primavera
    • Angel hair pasta topped with a zesty tomato sauce, sautéed vegetables & Parmesan

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

Thursday, March 19
AM and PM concurrent sessions, awards lunch, and after dinner live auction and social.

Friday, March 20
Offsite Field Trips

Call for Volunteers

If you are planning on attending the workshop, please also consider volunteering a little of your time to help make this a big splash experience. You can sing up to be a volunteer for any area that interests you when you register. 
Workshop Volunteers needed as:
Room Monitor
Auction Helper (silent and live auctions)
Special events set-up/clean up
AV / Tech Support
Questions about Volunteering? Please contact Michael Nelson.

What to bring

Bedding!! Sheets and Blankets or sleeping bags
Towels (Showers located in each suite) soap & shampoo
Reusable water bottle and coffee mug
Auction Items (see below)
Sturdy walking shoes
Warm clothes for evening outdoors (night hikes & campfires) – including hat and gloves and a warm jacket. Toss in a blanket too.
All food will be provided. Pre-workshop registration includes lunch. Dinner on your own after the pre-workshop. (we’ll carpool in to town. Location TBD)
Notebook, camera, binoculars, telescope, id books

Call for Auction Items

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

Great auction items are as unlimited as your creativity. Here are some ideas to get you started. 
Programs or trips to your parks
Wine or spirits
Non-perishable food
Gift Certificates to your park store
Behind the scenes tours & programs
Puzzles and games
Books – Fiction, non-fiction, ID, How to etc
Concert Tickets
Restaurant Gift Certificates
Friends Group memberships
Plants or seeds
Sporting event tickets
Hand made items – what’s your craft?
Interpretive supplies, games and tools
Questions about Auctions? Please contact Chris Kemmerer at: chkemmerer@pa.gov

3/17/2020 - 3/20/2020
Chincoteague Bay Field Station 34001 Mill Dam Rd Wallops Island, VA 23337 UNITED STATES
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1. Preworkshop

Hosted at the Delmarva Discovery Center, Pocomoke City MD
Please be sure to select lunch option below.

The Delmarva Discovery Center (Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum) is the culmination of a decade of work by volunteers and community support. Originally an idea for revitalization of Pocomoke City's historic downtown, this beautiful vision of our past hopes to embrace a new future along the river. 

The modern Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum beautifully depicts the human and natural history of the area. The immersing and engaging exhibits take visitors on a timeless journey through Delmarva and the Cypress Swamp. 

The Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum is a 16,000 square foot, 1920's era building which began as a car dealership. After being empty for several decades, a group of volunteers envisioned a cultural center to help bring visitors to Pocomoke City.

This Pre-workshop will wade into the deep water of how the Delmarva team went from exhibit concepts to completed exhibits and provide participants with tools and navigational charts to embark on your own exhibit journey whether it be grand or modest. Explore their many cultural and natural exhibits including the new, 2017, River Otter Exhibit and the 2018 Touch Pool. Like a flowing stream it’s not a straight line. There are side branches, eddies, feeder steams, and an occasional sudden drop in the form of, who are the steak holders you need to get buy in from, funding, sometimes rapid sometime drought like, back flow challenges like making sure you address ADA, building code and safety compliance concerns, and a myriad of other surprises and challenges to navigate along the way.
1. Preworkshop
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
3/17/2020 9:30 AM

2. Friday Off-Site Trips

2. Friday Off-Site Trips

Captain Mark, a veteran local interpreter, will skipper his 12-passenger boat from Chincoteague through the channel to Assateague Island. Highlights in March include pony and bald eagle sightings, other shore birds, salt marsh ecology, and the lighthouse.

The first tour leaves at 9:00am, returns by 10:30am. We will fill this tour first.
The second tour leaves at 10:30am, returning by noon. 

2. Friday Off-Site Trips
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3/20/2020 9:00 AM

After meeting a life-size bust of Harriet herself, rangers will lead our group on a tour of one of the sites most closely associated with her passionate advocacy on behalf of enslaved people.
2. Friday Off-Site Trips
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3/20/2020 10:30 AM

The Barrier Islands were once home to vibrant fishing and farming communities, with rich wildlife that attracted people from up and down the East Coast to exclusive hotels and clubs. Look at the Islands' heritage and legacy through the eyes of three individuals who were born here.
2. Friday Off-Site Trips
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3/20/2020 10:30 AM

3. Lodging

Please give us your check-in/out dates below. Lodging must be reserved at time of registration! On-site lodging is suite-style dorm rooms in the Red Knott Residence Hall. Four bedrooms to a suite. Must bring OWN BEDDING, towels, and toiletries. All suites have large shared bathroom. Lodging will be $42 per person, per night double or triple occupancy depending on availability.
3. Lodging
3/17/2020 - 3/20/2020

4. Guest Meal Tickets

4. Guest Meal Tickets

4. Guest Meal Tickets

Please select meal option.
4. Guest Meal Tickets

4. Guest Meal Tickets

4. Guest Meal Tickets

4. Guest Meal Tickets

4. Guest Meal Tickets