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Two Languages, Doble Oportunidad
Two Languages, Doble Oportunidad

Lorena Boles, Freddy Fernandez-Ramirez, Andy Fisher
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: October 22, 2020
Webinar Recording

Let’s explore the benefits and challenges of bilingual interpretation! We will discuss interpretation in formats such as exhibits, written materials and in person interpretation, using the experiences of Saguaro National Park as a primary example.

Lorena Boles is the translator behind Nature Run Translations, LLC. Lorena was trained in interpretation by some of the best interpreters in the National Park Service. She has been doing translations for National Parks and educators for over 12 years. She believes in the power of coffee, teamwork, and proofreading.

Hola amigos y amigas, my name is Freddy Fernandez-Ramirez, and I’m a bilingual interpreter (Español) at Saguaro National Park. I do all sorts of interpretive programs. I’ve been at Saguaro for over six years, yay!

Andy L. Fisher serves as the Chief of Interpretation for Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona, a culturally rich and diverse city. She has been an interpreter with the National Park Service for 20 years and works to ensure parks are inclusive and welcoming for everyone.


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WEB10222010/22/2020 12:00:00 AM
Elevating Indigenous Voices
Panel Discussion
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: September 30, 2020
Webinar Recording

Using interpretation to amplify Indigenous voices provides spaces for healing and education within the local Indigenous and wider communities. This panel discussion will highlight a unique partnership between California’s largest Native American tribe, the Yurok Tribe, and California State Parks. These two entities have been working together for over three decades to make parks relevant through elevating the voices of the people who have cared for these landscapes since time immemorial.

Panel Moderator Erin Gates serves as an NAI Board Member and Director of the Wild West Region. In her capacity as a California State Parks Interpreter II Program Coordinator for the Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) Program, she assists the North Coast Redwoods District with amplifying Indigenous voices through digital interpretive programming to reach K12 students throughout California and the United States.

Panelists include: Victor Bjelajac (California State Parks); Linda Cooley (Yurok Tribe/COO of Mad River Brewing Company); Skip Lowry (North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks); Marnin Robbins (North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks).

This recording is free to NAI members. The nonmember price will help support the ability for NAI to continue to offer these webinars.


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Telling All Americans’ Stories
Lauren Devore and Megan Springate
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: September 22, 2020
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There are hidden stories in every town, city and state waiting to be discovered and interpreted. The hope is to give people the ability to connect with others in telling all stories.

Lauren Devore is a Park Ranger with the National Park Service, located at the Belmont Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, DC.

Megan Springate is the National Coordinator for the National Park Service 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration. She sits at National Park headquarters in Washington, DC.


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WEB0922209/22/2020 12:00:00 AM
Solutions for Inclusive Interpretation
Rolonda Teal
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: September 17, 2020
Webinar Recording

Solutions for Inclusive Interpretation is designed to provide a nine-step solution to developing multivocal stories for interpretive professionals. The National Park Service system will serve as a case study for this model.

Dr. Rolonda Teal is a Human Dimensions Specialist who works as a Research Associate at Stephen F. Austin State University and as an Independent Contractor for various Federal and State entities. Teal’s work led to the first connection in the country that links a National Historic Trail with an enslaved escape route.


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WEB0917209/17/2020 12:00:00 AM
Race, Social Justice, and Interpretation
Panel Discussion
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: June 25, 2020
Webinar Recording

Recent events have thrust issues of race and social justice to the forefront of the national conversation, but systemic inequities have been obstacles for generations. Interpreters are uniquely positioned to effect positive change, but what actions can we take, regardless of where we work or what we interpret, to overcome injustice, not only at our sites but throughout society? This panel discussion highlights accomplished interpreters who work to serve underserved populations, promote cultural understanding, and amplify voices for positive change.

Moderated by Parker McMullen Bushman, the Vice President for Programs on NAI’s Board of Directors, and is the chair of NAI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

Panelists include: Jose Chavez (manager of the Reedy Creek Nature Center for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation in Charlotte, North Carolina), Ramsey Harris (Community Program Director at the Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP) in Denver), Elon Cook Lee (Director of Interpretation and Education at the National Trust for Historic Preservation), and Francis Mendoza (Supervising Naturalist at the East Bay Regional Park District in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area), and Robin White (superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site).

This recording is free to NAI members. The nonmember price will help support the ability for NAI to continue to offer these webinars.


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WEB0625206/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Beyond the Dominant Narratives of History
Montana Napier
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: March 12, 2020
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What are the stories told at your site? Who created or curated these stories? What is "missing" from the public eye? All are invited to explore these challenging questions & more.

Montana Napier currently serves as an Interpretive Specialist with Washington State Parks. While earning her Master’s in Environmental Education, she led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives within place-based nonprofits. She believes that interpreting our histories with greater intention and perspective has the power to reduce racism in our schools, society, and in the natural world.


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WEB031220D3/11/2020 12:00:00 AM
The Future Is Queer: Practices In Queering Interpretation
Casey Bries
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: January 7, 2020
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In this session, participants will examine privilege as it pertains to interpretive planning and programming. Participants will reflect on individual and organizational practices and develop strategies for engaging a diverse and meaningful audience.

Casey Bries is an Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Open Space & Mountain Parks department for the City of Boulder, Colorado. Casey serves on the City of Boulder’s Racial Equity Team, NAI’s DEI Committee and has developed a variety of Equity and Inclusion Trainings for staff and volunteers.


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Telling the American Indian Story
Mandy Van Heuvelen & Ami Temarantz
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: September 17, 2019
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The National Museum of the American Indian shares methods to engage visitors with indigenous history and culture in inclusive ways to change the narrative of the American story. This webinar is intended for professional development around the issues of engaging with audiences in a more inclusive manner with facilitated dialogue while still upholding the integrity of the content in interactive ways.

Mandy Van Heuvelen is the Cultural Interpreter Manager at the National Museum of the American Indian and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Mandy leads a team of 5 interpreters that serves over 40,000 visitors annually and she was the guiding force behind the re-development of the museum’s student programs.

Ami Temarantz is the Lead Cultural Interpreter at the NMAI and she supported the development, training, and facilitation of the museum’s new student programs.


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WEB0917199/17/2019 12:00:00 AM
Combatting Erasure Through Interpretation
Agnolia Gay and Chy’Na Nellon
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: September 10, 2019
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This webinar will be a session on recovering, recording and sharing the stories of historically displaced figures, events, and histories while being inclusive of community and scholars. Learning to include community, historical scholars and other forms of interpretation is vital to sharing a hidden narrative as opposed to rewriting it.

Agnolia Gay and Chy’Na Nellon are a mother/daughter duo creating engaging interactive workshops focused on arts integration, inclusive learning, and cultural relevance. The overall objective is to motivate and provide tools to become the best version of ourselves in life and at work. Share the LIGHT.


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WEB0910199/10/2019 12:00:00 AM
Culturally Sensitive Interpretation
Andy Bleckinger
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: August 13, 2019
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Cultural interpretation can be a sensitive subject. If done poorly, visitors may feel unwelcome, left out, or even offended. Explore the concepts of cultural relativism, cultural literacy, and cultural engagement, and discover how interpretation can connect with past and present cultures in a sensitive manner.

Andy Bleckinger, CIG, is the Assistant District Manager of the San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. He has been a front line interpreter for over 10 years, leading programs and partnering with community organizations in multiple culturally diverse areas.


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