2021 Virtual Workshop call for presenters

Call for Presenters!

Be a PRESENTER at the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Sierra Pacific Region (Region 9) Spring 2021 VIRTUAL Workshop, March 5-7, 2021, with Pre-Workshop Virtual Field Trips March 1-4. This year’s title is: “Resilient Interpretation: Adapting to Our New World.”

This year, there are TWO ways to share with your interpretation community: present a talk (Presentation Format) and/or produce a video (Field Trip Format). 

Virtual Presentations (talks) will be offered Friday and Saturday, March 5-6. 

Virtual Field Trips (videos) will be posted during the pre-Workshop, Monday, March 1 through Thursday, March 4. 

To learn more and to apply head here.

Sierra Pacific Region Awards Nominations Open Now!

Nominations Due January 1st

Your Sierra Pacific Region is here to help you recognize and honor outstanding achievements in interpretation. Don’t delay, act now to nominate inspiring, amazing, innovating colleagues for an award! Awards showcase achievements of Sierra Pacific members and others working to advance the profession of interpretation; awards will be presented during March’s regional workshop. See below for category qualifications and instructions. Due: January 8th, 2021. Submit nominations electronically to awards.nai@gmail.com.

Head here to see the different categories and qualifications!

NAI 2020 national Conference Scholarships!

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!

Call for Presenters!

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!

It’s Here! Our Region’s Awards Program!

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!

Scholarship Program Update

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:

  1. Two scholarships to the National Conference for $1500 each.
  2. Five scholarships to the Regional Workshop for $150 each.
  3. Three scholarships for NAI Certification courses at up to $250 each.

To learn more about changes to Sierra Pacific’s scholarship program and to see current scholarship opportunities head to the scholarship page here.



Still looking for a career in interpretation?! Now is the PERFECT time! Lots of Sierra Pacific Region 9 organizations are hiring! Head to our Jobs page to see what opportunities are available!


NAI2019-logoScholarship Opportunity!

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!


Sierra Pacific Region Awards Program

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 Cropped Award SHUTTERmember 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!

Almost Time for the Spring Workshop!

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Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be an awesome workshop!

We’re looking forward to meeting you in Columbia, starting Friday, April 5th! Check out the general schedule HERE, the presenter schedule HERE, and the Friday field trip schedule HERE!

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.)