Moving Interpretation Forward Webinar Series

Over the last year+, many interpreters have had to change the way they practice interpretation. Even now a year later, many aren’t quite sure how to best engage with the public and asking themselves questions that range from what platform(s) might be best to how to meet accessibility standards and what to carry forth into our post COVID-19 world. In March-April, 2021 NAI hosted a six week training on many of these topics. The live webinars were recorded and are available for single purchase below. Watch one, three or all!
  
Purchase of on-demand content is non-refundable and non-transferable. Only the account where the digital content is purchased will be able to access the item.
 
Picture of the productBasic Social Media Survival Skills - Wild West Region
Michele Whiteaker
30 minutes
CE: .5
Date: March 18, 2020
Webinar Recording

Featuring Strategy-based tips & ideas for when you find yourself stranded on the grid.

Free for NAI members. Nonmembers will be charged a $15 donation towards the Wild West Region's scholarship fund.

Note: This webinar was presented in March 2020 and although the basics still apply, the trends discussed at the close of the webinar may no longer be relevant for 2021. Since that time, there's been an increase in social & environmental justice content across platforms, many providers and sites switched to 100% virtual programs, Instagram Reels have rolled out, we've gained more data and experience on TikTok, and new platforms like Clubhouse have launched.


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WEB0318203/18/2020 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productBehind the Scenes: Creating a Virtual Program
Erica Stephens
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: March 31, 2021
Webinar Recording

Set yourself up for success by learning how to create your own virtual program from advertising tips to best practices. Discover the differences between live vs. pre-recorded programs and gain the tools to help you decide what virtual programs will work best for you.

With a passion for education, Erica has journeyed from Denali to Zion. Her lifelong career in interpretation came full circle as she returned to her home state as a Naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District where she fosters community connections to the parks. Her resiliency was demonstrated in 2020 when she led distance learning trainings, pioneered virtual programs and paved the path for digital-based interpretation in the District.


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WEB0331213/31/2021 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productBest Practices for Digital Engagement
Erin Gates, Roger Gray
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: December 3, 2020
Webinar Recording

Now that the world is digital, let’s be sure that we are looking our best during our video conference presentations, programs, and meetings! Discover some tips and tricks for delivering online interpretive programming, both from your computer, and live, in the field.

Erin Gates, California State Parks Interpreter, has been providing digital interpretive programs via videoconferencing and livestreaming since 2015. As Hearst Castle PORTS Program Presenter, Erin provided live interactive programs from the site to over 8,000 students/year. She now acts as a PORTS Program Coordinator, and supports over 30 parks in the development, design and delivery of digital interpretive programming.
Roger Gray has been a living history interpreter for more than 30 years: A broomsquire, blacksmith, naturalist, Master Gardener, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide, and an interpretive volunteer at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Currently a retired middle-school teacher, he is a long time speaker and teacher of first-person historical interpretation and has been teaching and interpreting extensively and exclusively remotely since March 2020.


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WEB12032012/3/2020 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productFrom Fungus Fair to Hummingbird Week: Virtual Interp. Events
Panel Discussion
75 minutes
CE: 1.25
Date: April 12, 2021
Webinar Recording

Interested in moving beyond virtual programming to a full-fledged festival online? Come hear from innovative interpreters from two park agencies on how they did just that and reached thousands of visitors.

Panelists include staff from East Bay Regional Parks and Mecklenberg County Parks.


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WEB0412215/12/2021 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productGone Virtual: Learnings, Practices and Possibilities
Sarah Johnson
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: March 15, 2021
Webinar Recording

During a fast paced engaging virtual mini-workshop, experience a few promising virtual facilitation and interpretive practices for adult audiences. Utilize the learning cycle, explore intentional facilitation techniques, and gain tips for instructing audiences during courses, workshops, and online meetings of all kinds. Strategies shared could possibly be scaffolded to use with numerous other audiences with creative adaptations.

Sarah R. Johnson MAEd, founder of Wild Rose Education, works to advance place- based education and civic engagement by connecting people to their landscapes fostering a personal land ethic. She is a NAI CIT, Master Certified Environmental Educator, PolarTREC Educator, and BEETLES Program Partner. Sarah is based in western Colorado.


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WEB0315213/15/2021 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productInterpretive Innovation During a Global Pandemic Panel
Panel Discussion
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: May 28, 2020
Webinar Recording

Come join us for a free hour long panel discussion and hear from interpreters across the country about how they have altered and changed their interpretive activities during COVID-19. Learn about technologies such as virtual reality and 3D scanning while also hearing about innovative ways to offer summer camp and interpret to your neighbors using the NextDoor app. Find out what it has been like to work at the first zoo in the U.S. to open after shelter in place orders have been listed. After short presentations by each panelist, we will then host a Q&A period to get your questions answered and learn more from these innovative interpreters!

Panelists come from a variety of organizations across the country including Indiana State Parks, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Hogle Zoo, Legacy 3D, & the Virginia Zoo.


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WEB0528205/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productKeeping Volunteers Engaged During Covid-19
Melissa Fowlks
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: April 13, 2021
Webinar Recording

Volunteers are the heart of many organizations. Join East Bay Regional Parks Naturalist Melissa Fowlks as she shares about how docent coordinators have kept docents involved and engaged throughout the pandemic. Come with questions and be prepared to share glows and grows from your organization's volunteer and docent programs.

Melissa is a Naturalist and docent coordinator at the East Bay Regional Park, Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, California. She holds a degree in Biological Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology from California State University East Bay and an education specialist credential from Saint Mary’s College of California.


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WEB0413214/13/2021 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productMaking it Count
Setting yourself up for Success in a Virtual World
Panel Discussion
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: April 5, 2021
Webinar Recording

Come hear from interpreters doing K-12 and public virtual interpretation from across the country. Learn about successful and innovative programs on virtual nature journaling, K-12 engagement in the Everglades, Facebook Live EDVentures from the North Carolina Zoo and much, much more! Discover what it takes to plan for virtual engagement and glean the hard-earned tips and tricks from interpreters who have been making it work, while reaching millions of visitors.

Panelists include staff from East Bay Regional Parks, Everglades National Park and the North Carolina Zoo.


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WEB0405214/5/2021 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productMessages In Motion: Video Basics For Interpreters
Elise Wahl, MS
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: April 4, 2017
Webinar Recording

Short online videos have revolutionized the way people obtain information. In this webinar, learn film techniques to make effective videos that can help connect visitors to your site. We will go through the video making process together from pre-production through post-production. Continue your learning after the webinar with resource guides and prompted online discussions.

Elise Wahl, MS, lives in northwest Oregon where she runs Timberdoodle Studio. Elise is the Deputy Director for NAI's Interpretive Media Section and has worked in the interpretive field as a front-line interpreter, manager, and designer. In the past ten years she has created short videos with topics ranging from Caribou Hunting in the Arctic to The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame.


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WEB0404174/4/2017 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productNuts and Bolts of Accessibility in Remote Interpretation
Melanie Thornton
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: March 24, 2021
Webinar Recording

Choosing the right tools as you plan your programming is key. We’ll focus on which technology and social media platforms provide the most accessible options for sharing your content and how to choose features that help you avoid creating barriers to access.

Melanie Thornton is the Coordinator of Access and Equity Outreach at University of Arkansas - Partners for Inclusive Communities. She provides professional development and technical assistance on topics related to disability, diversity, digital access, leadership, and design. She is very interested in working with organizations to create more accessible environments and to position disability as an aspect of diversity. She brings a variety of professional experiences, including working as a park interpreter at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.


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WEB0324213/24/2021 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productThinking Beyond the Zoom Room
Don Enright
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: March 29, 2021
Webinar Recording

Are you interested in bringing more interactivity to your online interpretation? We will look at simple digital tools to round out your online experience, with absolutely no knowledge of coding required.

Don Enright is an independent interpretive planner and writer with over 30 years’ experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Don works with parks, museums, science centres, zoos and aquariums to help them increase their visitation, relevance, impact, revenue and visitor satisfaction. Catch up with Don on his blog at www.donenright.com.


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WEB0329213/29/2021 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productVirtually Accessible: Universal Design in Remote Interp.
Melanie Thornton
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: March 22, 2021
Webinar Recording

Universal design principles support designers in creating more usable and equitable programs and experiences. In this webinar, we’ll look at universal design principles and explore how they can inform your virtual interpretation activities and resources.

Melanie Thornton is the Coordinator of Access and Equity Outreach at University of Arkansas - Partners for Inclusive Communities. She provides professional development and technical assistance on topics related to disability, diversity, digital access, leadership, and design. She is very interested in working with organizations to create more accessible environments and to position disability as an aspect of diversity. She brings a variety of professional experiences, including working as a park interpreter at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.


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WEB0322213/22/2021 12:00:00 AM