Webinars

Please note: Registration closes 4 hours prior to the start of each webinar. Login information will be sent after registration closes. If you do have trouble prior to the webinar, call Emily at 970-420-1032 and she will try to assist you.

Each hour of webinar is worth one continuing education credit.

Webinar Group Discounts: For our Institutional and Commercial members wishing to purchase attendance for multiple staff members in one of our webinars: the first registrant will pay normal member pricing and each registrant after will run $20 for one hour webinars or $30 for two hour webinars. Anyone wishing to gain Certification hours from the webinar will have to login to the webinar on their own computer. This allows us to verify that they were in attendance and show the hours on their account. To setup the discount, please register your first individual, then email JKing@interpnet.com for a promo code for additional registrants.

Webinar Cancellation Policy: NAI will accept registration cancellations or changes, in writing, up to 5 business days prior to a webinar. Participants can choose to change their registration to a different webinar of equal or lesser value (no fee), or receive a refund ($5 processing fee). Registrants who are unable to participate after the cancellation deadline will be sent a link to the recording of the webinar, when available. Changes and cancellations should be emailed to registration@interpnet.com.

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Create Multilevels within your Volunteer Corps 

January 19, 2021
10a Pacific/1p Eastern (90 minutes)
Jane Silberstein, Pamela Byrnes, and Simone Mortan 
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Volunteer trainers with more than 70 years of combined experience will show you how to create ladders of opportunities, increase your capacity, and vitalize your volunteer programs within the lens of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs within your programs.

Simone Mortan, CIT, worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for more than 24 years. For the last 14 years she was the manager of the volunteer guide program. She has a long history in the field of interpretation and storytelling.

Jane Silberstein, CIT, (M.S.) was senior interpreter at Monterey Bay Aquarium for more than 30 years prior to COVID-19. She taught the CIT course embedded in the Environmental Interpretation and Outreach course at CSUMB. She loves teaching marine science, interpretation, and social justice to anyone who will participate.

Pamela E. Byrnes was the Volunteer Training Supervisor at Monterey Bay Aquarium, providing interpretive training to volunteer guides and trainers for 15 years. She spent 20 years as Marine Biologist/Interpreter for Oceanic Society, O.S Expeditions, Earth Watch, and Reef Promotions, and led natural history and research trips to Mexico, Australia, California, and the Bahamas.

Emerging Methods for the Modern Interpreter: How Can Inquiry Move Visitors from Users to Stewards?

February 2, 2021
10a Pacific/1p Eastern (90 minutes)
Mary McCormac, Jennifer Anderson, and Bevin Carithers
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Interpretation in the age of COVID has meant fewer opportunities for traditional programming, while many parks and historic sites are seeing record visitation numbers. Through a re-imagination of inquiry-based methods and group brainstorming we will explore ways to foster visitor connections and create positive stewardship actions through self-guided discovery.

Jennifer Anderson is the Education, Partnership, and Volunteer Section Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife; Bevin Carithers is the Chief Park Ranger with Boulder County Parks and Open Space; and Mary McCormac is the Statewide Interpretation and Wildlife Viewing Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.



Training Tips and Tricks

February 16, 2021
10a Pacific/1p Eastern (1 hour)
Katie Raney
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Interpretive training can help interpreters increase their capacity. This introductory webinar will cover the foundations of a good training, including Adult Learning Theory. You’ll also discover your own personal instructor style, some quick-start tips, and how a thoughtful evaluation can pull it all together.

Katie Raney started in the field of interpretation in 2007 and has since worked for national parks, state parks, and a museum. Now as a Regional Interpretive Specialist for Texas State Parks, she supports interpretation at 17 state parks in Central Texas through training, publications, projects, and more. 
 
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Elevating Indigenous Voices in Interpretation
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FREE for members / $15 nonmembers

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. 

Victor Bjelajac has been with California State Parks since 2007. His collaborative resource work and partnership focus for land management across jurisdictions began in earnest in 2008 and includes work with local tribes; federal, state, and local agencies; as well as non-profit organizations. 

Linda Cooley is a proud Yurok Tribal member, and is COO of Mad River Brewing Company, owned by the Yurok Agricultural Corporation. She also serves as Deputy Director of the Yurok Economic Development Corporation focused on tourism, marketing, and branding. 

Skip Lowry is an interpreter within the North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks. He is one of the first Yurok Tribal descendants to be hired as an interpreter in California State Parks history. His life experience within the culture brings unique and transformational experiences to every aspect of his work. He has an AA degree and is pursuing a BA in Native American Studies at Humboldt State University.
 
Marnin Robbins is the interpretive program manager for the North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks. His team conveys the story of the tallest trees on Earth and the people who have lived among them. He has worked in the interpretive profession for 26 years, and holds an MS in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation (Humboldt State University, 2005).

Closed for Business. Open for Impact.

Immersive At Home Visitors Inside Your Interpretive Site Within 48 Hours With Nothing More Than A Camera and Laptop
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With your doors closed for the foreseeable future, how can you maintain (or even expand) relationships with your community? As part of our effort to bring more free, timely programs to our members, NAI presents a webinar hosted by one of our corporate partners, TimeLooper, where we will explore the power of virtual reality and use cases in the current environment and practical ways to get your site online within 48 hours.

Learn how to share your experiences, educational plans, living history, and natural beauty with key stakeholders who are stuck at home, including:

  • Families with kids dealing with cabin fever
  • Educators forced into distance-based learning
  • Topic enthusiasts and institution members searching for engagement

In this Zoom-based webinar, TimeLooper will discuss (and answer questions on) the following topics: 

  • Best practices on how (and why) to build VR-based immersion experiences
  • Types of experiences you can easily develop
  • Easy off the shelf tools to consider
    - Hardware (how to capture footage)
    - Distribution platforms (how to share the content)
  • Creative tips on how to make content more meaningful

Best Practices for Going Virtual: Staying Engaged with our Visitors During Difficult Times

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Do you find yourself wondering how to best engage with your visitor while your facility is closed or with limited staff? If so, join us for this free webinar and learn from a series of panelists on how they’ve been using Skype, Facebook Live and Twitter both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their thoughts, see some of their ideas (have you seen the penguins wandering around the Shedd Aquarium yet?) and get your questions answered during this discussion with Q&A.

Panelists will come from across the profession of interpretation including the Shedd Aquarium, National Park Service, California State Parks and Big Horn Radio Network.
 
 

Previous Webinar Recordings

Not seeing what you were hoping for as an upcoming webinar? It might be because we have actually already covered that topic before but now have it available as a recording in our webinar archive. Click here to access the recordings of previous sessions and purchase them at a discount rate.

 





Webinars in Spanish

The PUP Global Heritage Consortium and NAI offer Spanish webinars on topics related to heritage interpretation. NAI membership discounts apply. To view upcoming offerings, visit PUP online.

NAI Members, click here to get your discount code.


See an introductory video narrated by Sam Ham.