Monthly Archives: July 2015

Upcoming opportunities to get involved in the region!

There are several ways that YOU can step up and get more involved in the Sunny Southeast Region of NAI, or simply attend events to gather with fellow interpreters near you!

First, nominations are still open for regional elections until this Saturday, August 1st! Two positions are open within the Region: Deputy Director and Secretary. In order to run for one of these positions, you must be a member in good standing and keep your membership up-to-date through your elected term.

If you would like to run for one of these positions, prepare a short biography (including why you are running) and photograph and submit them to Region Director Pepe Chavez at ecogaia@yahoo.com by August 1, 2015.

Perky at Sandy Creek Nature Center

Perky’s already in Georgia and making friends. Will you join her in February?

Secondly, it’s time to start planning to attend our Regional Interpreters Workshop in Stone Mountain, GA, February 3-6, 2016. We hope you can come, and also invite you to share your talents and knowledge in a concurrent session!

We are seeking 45-minute and 90-minute presentations for concurrent sessions in the general topic areas of interpretive programs and techniques, natural/cultural resources and current trends in parks. Other topics may be considered. All presenters will be asked to forward handouts, presentations, and other supporting materials in advance for electronic duplication to workshop attendees. To submit a proposal, go to http://tinyurl.com/riw2015-prop and fill out the form. Deadline: September 15, 2015.

Finally, keep an eye out for state gatherings in your part of the southeast! There are two coming up for North Carolina interpreters, with details below:

These meetings are hosted by the National Association for Interpretation Sunny Southeast Region, and open to anyone working with the public at a cultural, natural or historic site. Please invite your friends and colleagues who aren’t members of NAI yet!

August 26, 2015, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WNC Nature Center, Asheville
No Registration Fee

Join the Facebook event

Join us for a look at the Center’s new grant-funded natural play area, behind-the-scenes access, networking, roundtables, and potluck lunch. RSVP by August 12 to Eli Strull at estrull@ashevillenc.gov or (828) 259-8084.

September 15, 2015, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Greensboro Science Center
No Registration Fee

Join the Facebook event

Join us for behind-the-scenes / special programs with the Center’s education staff, networking, roundtables, and lunch (bring your own or buy onsite). RSVP by August 25 to Eli Strull at estrull@ashevillenc.gov or (828) 259-8084.

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BioBlitz Dance, a dance to celebrate the National Parks and outdoors

by Eliezer Nieves Rodríguez, CIT, CIM

During 2015, PLT International coordinators meeting in Saratoga, New York, we learned what was the BioBlitz Dance, thanks to the Hawaii coordinators, a dance to celebrate the Outdoors, And it is during the 3rd DRNA Summer Environmental Workshop in Puerto Rico, with kids from 6 to 14 age, that after a month full of adventures and field trips through the wetlands of the island that we completed this already famous dance.

We invite all Interpreters with kids program, and with a awesome staff to do and record your dance.

Here is the Tutorial by the creator of this dance, John Griffith and the video of the first BioBlitz Dance of Puerto Rico.

Enjoy it and dance to celebrate your sites!

Tutorial:

1st Puerto Rico BioBlitz Dance:

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Fear Not!

It’s not public speaking, heights, or bugs and snakes, it’s children’s programming!

According to a Chapman University Survey reported in the Washington Post (2014), Americans’ fears range from needles and blood to ghosts and zombies. In my experience training interpreters, however, our biggest fear is interpreting to children. If you shy away from this audience, it’s time to get in touch with your inner-child!

Think like a kid! Watch a few episodes of the Magic School Bus. Ask to shadow at an elementary school and observe classroom interactions. Use these interpretive techniques to get and keep your audience’s attention!
• Alliteration
• Riddles and rhythms
• Jokes
• Discoveries
• Solving mysteries
• Secrets
• Silliness and songs
• Stories
• Super heroes, super powers and the super natural (dragons, fairies and unicorns Oh My!)
• Activities and high energy experiences

Keep it FUN! Keep it FAST! Keep fascinating even the youngest of audiences!

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