Presenter Schedule

2020 Presenter Schedule


 

Friday March 6th

Starry Starry Night
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Meet in the Sunset Room
Presenter: Kathryn Daskal

The resplendent night sky is a resource shared by everyone on earth, all cultures that have ever existed. At one time accessible to everyone, it is under siege in many parts of the world due to light and air pollution. Join us to explore the myriad ways that the night sky can be appreciated, through science and mythology, and what we can all do to protect the visual quality of our shared twinkling tapestry.The resplendent night sky is a resource shared

Saturday March 7th

Breakfast: 8:00AM – 8:45AM

Welcome: 8:45AM – 9:00AM

Keynote Speaker Greg Sarris
Time: 9:00AM – 10:00AM
Location: Sunset Room

Session 1

When an Interpreter Loses Their Voice
Time: 10:10AM – 11:30AM
Location: Sunset Room
Presenter: Nichole Gange

When was the last time you recharged? This is your chance to slow down and dive into creating a sustainable space for yourself. Explore how to nourish the mind, body and soul while turning the tides, one visitor at a time. I’ll share the lessons I’ve learned while on voice rest as an interpreter. Participants will take away helpful resources, share stories that inspire change and build a community with others who understand that self-care is essential to maintaining the important work we do. Attend this session to invest in yourself, as well as your professional development.

Peer Coaching with Docents in 21st Century Interpretation
Time: 10:10AM – 11:30AM
Location: Coast Room
Presenter: Lou Salas Siari

Peer coaching is an effective tool for collaboration, testing, and exploration as interpreters prepare to launch their programs. Learn about the benefits and challenges of peer coaching with volunteers. In this interactive workshop, we’ll use an NPS rubric as an exercise in peer coaching. Bring an outline of an interpretive program such as a tour, talk or demonstration.

Supporting the Next Generation Science Standards in Interpretive Programs
Time: 10:10AM – 11:30AM
Location: Cypress Room
Presenter: Tara Laidlaw

In this interactive session we will examine the Next Generation Science Standards, which are no in use in K-12 classrooms in more than 40 states (including California, Nevada, and Hawaii). Session participants will learn about the three dimensions of science as laid out in the NGSS, and they will explore opportunities to support the NGSS in their own interpretive programs using a process to draft thought-provoking, productive questions. Participants will leave with a worksheet that can be used to guide staff and volunteers in this question-building process to supplement any interpretive program.

Session 2

Broadening the Climate Change Narrative
Time: 11:40AM – 12:30PM
Location: Sunset Room
Presenters: Elizabeth Villano and Donna Graves

Climate Change will at some point effect every park, museum, and aquarium. How can we shift the conversation so that every informal education center can discuss the effects of climate change in a productive way that ties directly to its resource? Join this presentation to explore strategies that blend the social science of climate change communication and 21st century interpretation through an unlikely source: a historical park taking on climate change action.

Islands of Darkness in a Rising Sea of Light
Time: 11:40AM – 12:40PM
Location: Coast Room
Presenter: Marni Berendsen

Many of our sites offer nighttime skies dark enough to see a multitude of stars, but are increasingly impacted by rising levels of light from surrounding communities, washing out many of the stars in your site’s night sky.
The lives and health of wildlife, as well as people, are also disrupted by the seas of artificial light.
Using interpretive techniques, discover ways to inspire your visitors (and surrounding communities) to take steps to turn back this rising sea of light, preserving your site’s natural cycle of day and night, thereby protecting wildlife, human health, and of course: the stars!

Impromptu Interpretation
Time: 11:40AM – 12:40PM
Location: Cypress Room
Presenter: Elizabeth Evans

Let go of fine-tuned outlines, and learn how to facilitate an impromptu interpretive program through the power of essential questions and inquiry. This interactive walk will help interpreters who may be short on prep time, or simply want to craft a fresh experience from the perspective of a beginner’s mind. Participants will take turns experimenting with co-creation techniques and dialogue prompts to provoke wonder and discovery. In addition to hands-on practice, all participants will leave with a backpocket guide to crafting their own open-ended interpretive activities.

Lunch: 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Session 3

Disruptive Interpretation
Time: 1:40PM – 2:30PM
Location: Sunset Room
Presenter: Brad Krey

Mitigating Unconscious Bias Through Assets Based on Language
Time: 1:40PM – 2:30PM
Location : Cypress Room
Presenter: Rena Payan

This presentation will introduce and affirm the impacts of unconscious bias on interpretation. Through a multimedia presentation, introduction of a worksheet as a tool, and guided discussion this presentation will provide space fore audience members to connect their own unconscious bias (because we all have it) and their use of deficits based and assets based language. The aim of this presentation is to provide the audience members opportunity to create immediate and effective change that will mitigate unconscious bias.

Session 4

Insider Tips for Landing Your Dream Interp Job (Panel)
Time: 2:45PM – 3:35PM
Location: Sunset Room
Presenter: Elizabeth Evans

Are you looking for a meaningful job in interpretation, but frustrated by arduous hiring processes? For many organizations, especially government agencies, the hiring process is complicated by lengthy applications, mysterious exams, and nerve-wracking interviews. If you’ve ever wanted to know what happens on the other side of the hiring table, bring your questions to this panel discussion with seasoned supervisors from multiple agencies. Learn what HR departments and hiring managers are looking for in 2020, and what you can do to rise to the top of the list for your next interpretive job.

Just as the Tides Change, so do Interpretive Programs
Time: 2:45PM – 3:35PM
Location: Coast Room
Presenter: Rejane Butler

Come learn what Audience Centered Experience (ACE) is, how to incorporate it into interpretive programs you already do and how to develop new programs using ACE techniques. We will cover the concept of ACE, it’s philosophy of creating deeper connections to the various resources and to possibly changing visitors perspectives through the use of thought provoking questions, connected to universal concepts to make programs relevant to all audiences. The ACE concept is adaptable for all types of programs, from table talks to ranger leads, from indoor programs to outdoor programs and even as a stand alone program.

Round Table
Time: 2:45PM – 3:35PM
Location: Cypress Room
Presenter: Francis Mendoza

Session 5

From Portola to Red Power: Decolonizing Interpretation at Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Time: 3:50PM – 5:10PM
Location: Sunset Room
Presenter: Emily Levine

In parks, historic sites and educational institutions across the county, American history is often told through the lens of European colonizers. As interpreters, we have the opportunity to “turn the tide” on that narrative by creating opportunities for our audiences to engage in authentic conversations that include multiple viewpoints. In 2019, Golden Gate National Recreation Area partnered with indigenous stakeholders to commemorate the anniversaries of two historic events: the 250th anniversary of the Portola Expedition and the 50th anniversary of the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz Island. Join us for a discussion of the lessons learned in our efforts to decolonize the narratives of these two events.

Business Meeting: 5:20PM – 5:50PM

Dinner: 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Auction and Games: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Campfire: 9:00PM

 

Sunday March 8th

Moonrise to Sunset
Time: 6:30AM – 8:00AM
Presenter: Marni Berendsen

Breakfast: 8:00AM – 8:45AM
Session 6

The Confluence of Social Justice and High Risk Interpretation
Time: 9:00AM – 10:20AM
Location: Sunset Room
Presenter: Catherine Orland

If a jack-of-all-trades is only as good as his toolbox, an interpreter is only as good as what’s in her backpack. As Interpreters, we’ve relied on old methods: stand & deliver, props, visual aids. But for the increasingly diverse populations visiting our parks in the 21st Century, we need interactions to be less didactic, more participatory, more culturally relevant. Beyond ACE & facilitated dialogue, come experience variety! Hands-on techniques, tricks and tips to involve and inspire your participants! This workshop will promote out-of-the-box thinking. Interpreters will MOVE & leave with implementable methods, resources & ideas to bring fresh energy and spice/seasoning to our “methods of delivery”.

Communication and Leadership 
Time: 9:00AM – 10:20AM
Location: Coast Room
Presenter: Anne Kassebaum

The Science of Communicating Climate Change
Time: 9:00AM – 10:20AM
Location: Cypress Room
Presenters: National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI)

The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) aims to change the national conversation around climate change to be positive, civic-minded, and solutions-focused. We use evidence-based communications methods, provide social-emotional support, and employ the latest climate science findings and apply them in our institutions. We build trust and lasting bonds among colleagues across the country to develop effective ways to engage audiences in learning about climate and ocean change. Join us to hear about the latest in scientifically-tested climate change communication techniques and how you can create a solution-oriented, empowering message about climate change for your audiences.

Session 7

Agents of Change: A Collaboration Between Hip Hop and Environmental Education Cultures
Time: 10:35AM – 11:25AM
Location: Sunset Room
Presenter: Constance Taylor

Too often, the cultures we love and enjoy are left out of environmental curriculum. What happens when you flip the script by centering culture, and let that guide everything else? Agents of Change, a youth artist residency program piloted in the summer of 2019, was an effort to do just that. A collaboration between East Bay Regional Parks and Hip Hop for Change, we centered hip hop culture in our curriculum and used that to inspire the environmental content. This presentation will discuss how the program was created, what the curriculum looked like, challenges faced, and the final outcome of the pilot program.

What Were They Thinking? Understanding Visitor Attitudes Towards Climate Change (Round Table)
Time: 10:35AM – 11:25AM
Location: Coast Room
Presenter: Jason Fareira

Seabirds, Marine Mammals, and Us: Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Time: 10:35AM – 11:25AM
Location: Cypress Room
Presenter: Leisyka Parrott

Successful community-based science programs are transdisciplinary, and often lead to an increase in stewardship, scientific literacy, and education among participants. Community-based monitoring can also strengthen data collection efforts made by professional biologists, serve as a cost-effective alternative, and increased visits to sites contribute to long-term monitoring data sets. The North Coast Seabird Protection Network (NCSPN) monitors populations of seabirds, along with human disturbances to seabirds and marine mammals to better understand the impacts on marine wildlife through trained, professional biological research and community-based monitoring. Through collaborative partnerships with federal, state, tribal and non-profit agencies, and by using a transformative community-science based approach, we have greatly increased our community science volunteer participation since the conception of the NCSPN in 2016. Here we present the successes of our “community scientist” program in Trinidad, California and also provide potential causes for these accomplishments that can be implemented in other coastal contexts where human-caused disturbance and population monitoring may be beneficial.

Session 8

Building Long-term Partnerships with Local Community Groups
Time: 11:40AM – 12:30PM
Location: Sunset Room
Presenter: Tim Holzem

I will be presenting on the success of the Sequoia for Youth (SFY) program in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. SFY is a 3 day financially secure partnership that provides strong curriculum-based, experiential learning and promotes an understanding of the interconnection between their cities, San Joaquin Valley agriculture, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains for the purpose of creating an informed citizenry and instilling a stewardship ethic in California youth. This program’s success is facilitated by partnering with 5 local groups over the last 19 years.

2021 Workshop Planning Meeting
Time: 11:40AM – 12:30PM
Location: Coast Room

Next Generation Environmental Stewards
Time: 11:40AM – 12:30PM
Location: Cypress Room
Presenter: Maia Kolbeck

Discover practical strategies for using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and STEM integration to inspire environmental stewardship and equip diverse audiences with the problem solving tools they need to address pressing conservation issues. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate ways to integrate the NGSS, STEM principles, and interpretation strategies to promote stewardship and sustainability. Spend time working with peers and reflecting on ways to incorporate new ideas into your practice.

Lunch: 12:30PM – 1:30PM

 

 

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