This is your year to attend the NAI National Conference! With the Conference going virtual this fall, there are no travel costs or approvals to consider and registration is considerably lower than usual. We hope many of our members will take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the top-notch concurrent sessions, professional development, and networking opportunities the National Conference provides. Head here to learn more and apply!
National Association for Interpretation Sierra Pacific Region Spring 2020 Workshop: “Turning the Tides Through Interpretation” Call for Presenters!
Be a presenter at the annual National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Sierra Pacific Regional Workshop, being held March 6-8, 2020, at NatureBridge in the beautiful Marin Headlands of the San Francisco Bay Area. The workshop’s theme, “Turning the Tides Through Interpretation,” reminds us of the power – and responsibility – we have as interpreters to promote and inspire meaningful change. Share your experiences, knowledge, and perspectives on what it means to influence change as we come together to learn, reflect, and grow.
Learn more about submitting here!
Inspiring! Amazing! Innovating! Do you know an interpreter who does remarkable work and deserves recognition? Your Sierra Pacific Region is here to help you honor outstanding achievements in interpretation by launching an Awards Program in November. Awards will showcase successes of Sierra Pacific members and others working to advance the profession of interpretation and be presented at March’s Annual Workshop. Learn more here!
In response to our members’ requests that we make scholarships and support for students and seasonal staff a regional priority, we’ve made some changes to our scholarship program!
This year, there will be three types of scholarships offered:
To learn more about changes to Sierra Pacific’s scholarship program and to see current scholarship opportunities head to the scholarship page here.
If you want to go to the National conference in Denver coming up this November, but feel it’s out of reach – think again! The Board of Directors and the Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce that, due to the generosity of members who bought region merchandise and auction items at our spring workshop, we are able to offer TWO scholarships of $1500 each to our members.
Download the application here and email it to Laura.Drath@wildlife.ca.gov.
Don’t delay – applications are due by Friday, August 23rd!
Do you know any interpreters who do amazing work but get very little recognition?
We are pleased to be revitalizing the Sierra Pacific Regional Awards Program! As a member of NAI, you are exposed to outstanding and inspiring programs and professionals. The Sierra Pacific Region hopes to recognize outstanding achievements and showcase the successes of NAI members and others working to advance the profession of interpretation.
The regional program closely parallels the national program for professional awards. The requirements are a little simpler, but hopefully our program will feed applicants into the national program.
At this point the regional program is in draft format. You will find the draft here: Regional Awards. We welcome your comments as we finalize the requirements. You can expect to see a formal call for nominations in November, with the actual awards presented next year at our annual spring workshop!
Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be an awesome workshop!
Conference registration and check in is 2:00PM to 6:00PM at Angelo’s Hall. Dinner begins at 6:00PM at Angelo’s Hall in Columbia State Historic Park. Our full bulletin for the weekend will be posted soon.
We hope to see you this weekend!
(If you haven’t registered yet, you may register in person at the conference. Single day or whole workshop registration is available.)
DEADLINES EXTENDED until February 15 for the Sierra Pacific Workshop!
Because so many of you may have been affected by the Federal Government shutdown, we have extended the deadlines to submit Call-for-Presenters and Scholarship applications for the upcoming Sierra Pacific (Region 9) Workshop, April 5-7 in Columbia, CA.
Scholarships for the regional workshop are open to any Sierra Pacific Region member, based on need. The deadline is now Friday, February 15. The Scholarship application here.
Presentation proposals to give a talk at the workshop are also due on Friday, February 15. The Call-for-Presenters application is here.
The Workshop Committee is in full swing, preparing for our annual gathering. We hope you will join us in Columbia, to rediscover, refocus, refresh or perhaps reach out for the first time with your fellow interpreters.
Pass the word to friends, students and colleagues!