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

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.)


DEADLINES EXTENDED until February 15 for the Sierra Pacific Workshop!

delivery-07Because 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!

Register for the 2019 Region 9 Workshop!

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Registration is now open for the 2019 Region 9 Workshop! Register to attend here!

Call For Presenters

Be a presenter at the annual Sierra Pacific (Region 9) National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Spring 2019 Workshop, April 5-7, 2019 at Columbia State Historic Park in Columbia, California!

NAI R9 logo w litho backgroundThis year’s theme “Digging Deeper: Mining the Past for History’s Untold Stories” invites
presentations and presenters that seek beyond the usual stories and approaches, to reflect a broader spectrum of peoples, places and ideas. What “under-told” tales have you brought forward? What techniques and collaborations helped you to create programs, engage communities, and communicate the richness of your place?

Apply here!


2019 NAI Sierra Pacific Workshop


The 2019 Region 9 Workshop will be held April 5-7 at Columbia State Historic Park near Sonora, California.  Save the date!

Highlight an Interpreter!

Gold_Star_(with_border)This note is for anyone who works with amazing interpreters… and that’s basically everyone!

We are looking for nominations for “Interpreter(s) of the Month” for the NAI Region 9 Newsletter. If you work with someone who shows dedication and passion doing what they love to do, then please let us know about them! We want to recognize the good work being done in our Region.

Contact Ryan Bangs (ryanbangssmc2015[at] to nominate an interpreter you know. All that is needed is a few sentences on why you believe they are so amazing.


Welcome to the National Association for Interpretation Sierra Pacific Region!

With a long history leading the profession of Interpretation, our members from across California, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands continue to inspire and convey the meanings within our cultural and natural assets. From the Rangers in California State Parks, to the Naturalists guiding whale watches in Hawaii, and the interpreters working to share the stories of the first peoples of Nevada; our members work in parks, museums, aquariums, art galleries and many other locations. We endeavor to share the meaningful stories of the people, places, and ideas that we all hold dear.

The Sierra Pacific Region is a small part of a larger community of professional interpreters. Through this website, trainings, workshops, and many other opportunities, we strive to support and grow the Interpretive Profession and the people that our profession impacts.

The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation, currently serving about 5,000 members in the United States, Canada, and over thirty other nations. Individual members include those who work at parks, museums, nature centers, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, historical and cultural sites, commercial tour companies, and theme parks. Commercial and institutional members include those who provide services to the heritage interpretation industry.