Save the dates for our 2018 regional workshop, “Interpretation on the Edge:” Feb 27-Mar 2, 2018, Coastal Studies Institute in Skyco on Roanoke Island, NC
Here’s a glimpse of what’s planned so far:
Mon-Tue: special one-day or two-day long sessions-possible topics include a Crash Course on Climate Change (NNOCCI-lite), longer trips down the Banks
Tues: evening program at NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo, with remarks and mingling
Wed: concurrent sessions, silent auction, lunch with keynote, dinner with live auction
Thu: field trips might include: hike in Nature Conservancy’s Nags Head Woods Preserve, stroll around Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach Light in Corolla, tram tour of USF&W’s Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, hike around NPS’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Wright Brother National Memorial, and much more; dinner on own
Fri: morning of concurrent sessions, final door prizes and send off
Nearest airport: Norfolk International (ORF) is about 2 hours to our north. Another, often cheaper, option is Raleigh-Durham (RDU) which is 3.5 hours to our west. Did I mention we live out on the edge!?
Lodging: The workshop team will be organizing a block of rooms at a couple different venues-from dorm style to traditional hotels to B&Bs. Feel free to search on your own (lots of great deals during our off season) or stay tuned for recommendations.
Concurrent sessions: Got an idea or program you want to share? Plan to submit your proposal in August-stay tuned for more information!
Scholarships: Need help getting here? Stay tuned for that information, too!
If you would like to volunteer to help plan or present this annual event of interpretive awesomeness, contact Rhana at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-475-2344.
Previous years’ workshops:
2017 RRegional Conference: “Rooted In the Land,” March 7-10, 2017, Shepherdsville, KY
Paroquet Springs Conference Centré
395 Paroquet Springs Drive, Shepherdsville KY 40165
What a stimulating time to be part of the Sunny Southeast! After a stupendously successful Regional Workshop in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, hosted by the indefatigable Wren Smith and Whitney Wurzel of the Bernheim Arboretum, we ended the week of interpretive training, storytelling, field trips, and the making and strengthening of camaraderie with a well-restored scholarship fund that will help bring even more of you to next year’s national and regional workshops. Our phenomenal Keynote Speakers Wren Smith and NPR’s Way with Words Martha Barnette had us both laughing and in (nostalgic) tears, our visitors from both national headquarters and other regions reminded us that we are a cherished part of a larger whole, and the host of volunteers and presenters that put their all into giving us the best possible workshop succeeded wonderfully. I sincerely hope everyone was able to return home feeling a sense of connection and support among the NAI community, as that is what we’re here for: to keep those connections and support system in place and growing for all of you.
The officers, state representatives, and project chairs of the Sunny Southeast are working together to keep this sense of connection growing, and we’re looking for you to join us in whatever way you feel matches your interests, time, and talents best! Not all of us can make it to the workshops, but those exist primarily as springboards to the larger work we do as a community here in the Sunny Southeast. It’s a great place to start, but we can carry it further, to every site and member across the region. If you’d like to help us get there, please check in with the various representatives on our website contact page: https://nairegion3.wordpress.com/contact-us/, and pick one (or more) of us to get in touch with to learn more about how to get involved!
-Marisol Asselta, Sunny Southeast Director
2016 Regional Interpreter’s Workshop: February 3-6, 2016, Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, GA.
Theme: Interpreting Nature and History in an Urban Environment
We had a wonderful time at the 2016 Workshop and thank all who were able to attend. Many attendees felt it was a valuable and enjoyable workshop. From price to sessions to food to facility to support for presenters, wonderful!
The 2016 Region 3 Workshop was held at Stone Mountain Park, just outside Atlanta, GA. We had cold morning temperatures, but sunny days were on the schedule. The fun started immediately as everyone checked in and began networking over the social hour. A total of 81 participants attended the regional workshop in Stone Mountain. Thursday and Saturday sessions were well received. Visit the region’s Google Drive to see pdfs of some select presentations to learn on your own.
We raised $2442 during our silent and live auctions! A HUGE thanks to everyone that brought items for the auction and those that bid on those items to help us raise so much money.
Our offsite visits took us to the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, The Atlanta History Center, Zoo Atlanta and Center for Puppetry Arts. All of the trips were great and many commented that they wish they could have attended more than one!
We appreciate our sponsors: Stone Mountain Memorial Association, Georgia Peanut Commission and Sticker Giant. We send a huge thank you to the Stone Mountain Memorial Association staff, Stone Mountain Park staff, and all volunteers from Region 3 whom stepped in where needed.
2015: Sunny Puerto Rico: A Gateway to Caribbean Nature and Culture
February 2-5, 2015, Humacao, Puerto Rico
The workshop in Puerto Rico was a big success! Thank you to everyone for being a part of it. Watch for a full recap soon. In the meantime, enjoy a few photos and click here for a link to the Facebook photo album by the Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (more than 90 photos!)