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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Sending Camp Home 

Rachel Felling
March 9, 2021
10a Pacific/1p Eastern (1 hr)
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When we could not hold our traditional school break camps because of the pandemic, we decided to send camp home. This webinar will show you how you can connect with your audience remotely using a combination of hands-on materials and virtual learning, while also bringing in revenue.

Rachel Felling, Assistant Naturalist, Zionsville Parks & Recreation Department, Town of Zionsville, Indiana. Rachel has been in the field of interpretation and environmental education for 15 years, working for parks and nature centers across several states. She has a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation from Indiana University and an MBA in Non-Profit Management from Chaminade University. Rachel is also an avid birder and amphibian enthusiast.

Gone Virtual: Learnings, Practices and Possibilities

Sarah Johnson
March 15, 2021
12-1:30p Pacific/3-4:30p Eastern 
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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.

 

Virtually Accessible: Universal Design in Remote Interpretation

Melanie Thornton
March 22, 2021
12-1:30p Pacific/3-4:30pm Eastern 
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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.

 

The Nuts and Bolts of Accessibility

Melanie Thornton
March 24, 2021
10-11:30a Pacific/1-2:30p Eastern 
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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.

 

Thinking Outside the Zoom Room 

Don Enright
March 29, 2021
12-2p Pacific/3-5p Eastern 
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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.

 

Behind the Scenes: Creating a Virtual Program

Erica Stephens
March 31, 2021
12-1p Pacific / 3-4p Eastern
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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.

Bio: 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. 

 

Making it Count, Setting yourself up for Success in a Virtual World

Panel discussion (FREE)
April 5, 2021
12-1:30p Pacific / 3-4:30p Eastern
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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.

 

From Fungus Fair to Hummingbird Week: Virtual Interpretive Events

Panel discussion (FREE)
April 12, 2021
12-1:15p Pacific/3-4:15p Eastern 
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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.

 

Keeping Volunteers Engaged During Covid-19

Melissa Fowlks
April 13, 2021
12-1p Pacific/3-4p Eastern
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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.

 
 
FREE WEBINAR RECORDINGS



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.