Presentations and Workshops

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Special Programs Coordinator - Marine Science Consortium

The Association of Nature Center Administrators Annual Summit

 

National Association for Interpretation National Conference (1/2 Day Diversity Workshop- Beyond Green: Diversifying EE through Personal and Organizational Cultural Competency) – Corpus Christi, TX 2016

Echo Hill Outdoor School (Staff Diversity Training) – Worton, MD 2016

North American Association for Environmental Education National Conference (Panel Session/Moderator: Solving the Diversity Deficit in EE: Pathways to Inclusion) – Madison, WI 2016

North American Association for Environmental Education National Conference(Presentation: Beyond Green: Diversifying EE through Personal and Organizational Cultural Competency) – Madison, WI 2016

National Association for Interpretation (Board DEI Training) – Fort Collins, CO -2016

Indiana University – Introduction to Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology Course (Guest Speaker covering issues of diversity and inclusion in green spaces) -Online 2016

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Conference(Presentation: Black, White and Green: Inclusion Methods for Diversity in Environmental Education) – Ocean City, MD -2016

North American Association for Environmental Education Conference (Presentation: Black, White and Green: Inclusion Methods for Diversity in Environmental Education) –San Diego, CA -2015

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North American Association for Environmental Education National Conference
Coastal Watershed Alliance: Building Community Partnerships for Watershed Education           Sole Presenter

This session will talk about a program funded by the Toyota TogetherGreen and Audubon called the Coastal Watershed Alliance (CWA). This program was developed to bring together local environmental organizations in a partnership to support rural teachers and students in water conservation goals. The CWA Project is a good example of how non-traditional community organizations can partner together to create opportunities that increase connections to nature.

This session will inform classroom teachers and environmental educators about proven practices by outline the establishment of the CWA program including;

  • Strategies used for organizing community organizations into a usable partnership for schools,
  •  Development of curriculum and training resources to teach watershed concepts in a rural area. This curriculum and training was developed through teacher surveys, facilitated sessions and best practices researched in watershed education. (session participants will receive a copy of the CWA watershed curriculum)
  •  Approaches for engaging youth in conservation internships.
  •  And a review of the Toyota TogetherGreen  by Audubon Program. The Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants Program supports creative and ambitious projects that engage diverse communities and find innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

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Certified Interpretive Guide Training
Sole Facilitator
2014, 2015, 2016

Training Description:The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs. The CIG credential is recognized and respected by many parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, and aquariums. Certification is a way to document that you possess skills and knowledge that allow you to perform effectively in the interpretive profession.The CIG certification combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors.

The CIG certification is issued through the National Association for Interpretation. NAI is a non-profit professional association of natural and cultural resources interpreters.

This 32-hour (4-day) course includes:
•history, definition, and principles of interpretation
•making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic
•using tangible objects to connect audiences to intangible ideas and universal concepts in interpretive programs
•presentation and communication skills
•certification requirements (50-question literature review; program outline; 10-minute presentation)
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National Association for Interpretation Region 2 Conference
Fake it Til you Make it: Big Interpretation on a Small Budget
Sole Presenter
2014

Session Description: Non-profits often have to operate large programs on small budgets. Learn helpful tips for advertising, staffing, and programming on a shoe-string budget from two pro’s. Using the Chincoteague Bay Field Station as an example, we’ll brainstorm ideas on how to apply our methods to your center. 

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North American Association for Environmental Education National Conference
RISING S.T.A.R’S: Creating an EE Centered Internship Program                
Sole Presenter
2013

Designing an internship to meet your organization’s needs can be easy and rewarding. However, designing an internship that also addresses the development needs of future environmental education leaders is harder. Essential to EE is the idea that the learner is an active participant in education. An EE centered internship creates a learning process for your intern that addresses the components that are central to Environmental Education. 

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Project Learning Tree Teacher Training
Lessons from the Lorax: Incorporating Forest Education into your Environmental Education and Interpretive Programs
Sole Facilitator 
2013

 Project Learning Tree® is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in Pre K-grade 12.  PLT continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence. PLT helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment. PLT meets state and national education standards. The curriculum materials provide the tools educators need to bring the environment into the classroom and their students into the environment.

PLT Agenda for Workshop

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Project WET: Formal Educator Full Day Workshop
Project WET: Creating Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences
Co-Facilitator
2013

Project WET Virginia (Water Education for Teachers) promotes awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of Virginia’s water resources. Hands-on and action-packed, this workshop offers educators a suite of activities that incorporate multiple disciplines and learning styles.

Project WET Workshop Agenda

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National Association for Interpretation National Conference 
Rising S.T.A.R.s – Creating and Developing a Successful Internship Program
Sole Presenter
2012

Session Description: The Marine Science Consortium’s Sea S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching and Researching) High School Internship Program provides career development and meaningful workplace experience for rising high school seniors. This session will discuss the growth of our internship program and how it enhances our organization’s mission. Using the MSC as an example, participants will brainstorm ideas on how to apply our methods to their centers. Topics will include how to develop and effectively manage an intern program, logistics, training, evaluation and effective mentoring.

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The Association of Nature Center Administrators Annual Summit
Fake it Til you Make it: Making The Most of your Shoe String Budget
Co-Presenter
2012

Session Description: Non-profits often have to operate large programs on small budgets. Learn helpful tips for advertising, staffing, and programming on a shoe-string budget from two pro’s. Using the Marine Science Consortium as an example, we’ll brainstorm ideas on how to apply our methods to your center. This workshop will provide participants with:

  • Ideas on how to maximize advertising potential through local partnerships, web resources, and community organizations;
  • Examples of successful summer staffing using high school and college interns;
  • Opportunities to learn how to coordinate an Alternative Spring Break weekend to jump-start your facilities work and gather ideas for interesting DIY program supplies;
  • Ideas on how to make the most of cultural and natural resources that are cheaply accessed but unknown to visitors.

ANCA Conference Registration Brochure

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The Association of Nature Center Administrators Annual Summit 
Sun Bears and Turtles and Snakes: Oh My!
Co-Presenter 
2012

Session Description: We all know that live animals in exhibits and education always steal the show. However special consideration must be made when maintaining a live animal collect. In this facilitated session we’ll talk about how to start, maintain and use live animals at your nature center.

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