NAI 2017 Sunny Southeast Regional Workshop Call for Proposals


NAI 2017 Sunny Southeast Regional Workshop: March 7- 10 Shepherdsville, Kentucky

Whitney Wurzel and I, as co-chairs of the NAI 2017 Sunny Southeast Regional Workshop, are so excited that this year’s workshop will be hosted at Paraquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, less than 10 minutes from Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. Bernheim consists of 14, 378 acres including a 600- acre arboretum, with over 6,000 labeled trees and shrubs, a Platinum LEED certified Visitor Center, large Edible Garden, and much more. We think the theme for this year’s workshop “Rooted in the Land” will lend itself well to our exploration of shared, yet diverse stories and experiences. It is also a theme that is well suited to an area rich in natural, cultural, historic treasures.

Just south of the conference site is  Mammoth Cave National Park,  Abraham  Lincoln Birthplace Historic Park , and the Lincoln boyhood home. To the east is the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, and the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, the Salato Wildlife Center, and Capital City Museum in Frankfort.  Louisville, just 30 minutes north of Shepherdsville, provides many interpretive possibilities, including the Muhammad Ali Center, Frazier History Museum, The Parklands, Jefferson Memorial forest, the Louisville Zoo, Olmsted Parks, Louisville Slugger Museum,  Farmington (and 18-acre historic site and former hemp plantation), and so much more! On a different, note, Louisville is a happening place for night life, and the culinary curious, with many “farm to folk” restaurants, and great food for vegetarians, and vegans.

We are thrilled that Martha Barnette, co-host of the public-radio show A Way with Words, will be our Keynote speaker. Martha’s knowledge and passion for words, particularly the etymological origin and word roots will provide clues to stories hidden in plain sight.

2017 Regional Workshop: Call for Proposals

The call is open for session proposals for the 2017 Sunny Southeast Regional Workshop, taking place Tuesday, March 7 – Friday, March 10 in Shepherdsville, KY!

While the workshop theme is “Rooted in the Land”, proposals can cover a variety of interpretive topics – including but not limited to: science, history or cultural content, best practices and trends, general interpretive media and social media, experiences with special programs or initiatives, research in interpretation, diversity and accessibility at interpretive sites, and more.

Session proposals must include the following for consideration:

  • Presentation Title
  • Time required (45 minute and 90 minute sessions available)
  • Brief presentation description of 2-5 sentences (for program)
  • Presenters
  • Title/Position
  • Place of employment
  • Brief speaker bio
  • Contact information (email and phone number)

Download these guidelines as a PDF here.
Please email proposals to Whitney Wurzel at by Wednesday, November 30. Subject lines should include “2017 Sunny Southeast Workshop Proposal.”

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