NPS Interprecon is an online learning experience focused on interpretation and education featuring exciting talks presented by field-based practitioners across the NPS and beyond. NPS Interprecon’s purpose is simple: empower interpreters and educators to experiment and think differently. The virtual gathering will help foster new and innovative ideas in interpretation, education, and coaching in the National Park Service.

The agenda below is your key to NPS Interprecon 2020. Clicking on the title of each session will link you directly to the “Hall” where it’s being held. For a brief description of user submitted sessions, check out this listing. No preregistration for WebEx is required – just wander from room to room and enjoy the event!

Day 1 – Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

All sessions use the password I&E!

Throughout the day, the coffee house lounge will be open! If there’s a session that doesn’t seem interesting to you, you can always drop into the lounge to chat with your fellow interpreters and educators on new ideas and our craft (coffee house live captions).

Time (Eastern) Hall A
(Live Captions)
Hall B
(Live Captions)
Hall C
(Live Captions)
12:00 – 12:15pm Welcome & Introduction
12:15 – 12:40pm Panel: Imagining Interprecon 2020
12:40 – 1:10pm Keynote: 
Difficult History and the Four Truths 
Theresa Coble
1:20 – 1:40pm Interpreting the Politics of Glaciers
Daniel Lombardi
Inclusive Virtual Visitor Centers 
Kara Lewandowski
Do More Constraints Make for Better Interpretation? 
Linda Norris
1:50 – 2:10pm Sharing Untold Stories
Ella Wagner & Elizabeth Villano
Curiosity: Fundamental Skill of ACE
Melissa Panter
Family Programs: Solutions, Not Dilution
Emily Donovan
2:20 – 2:45pm Moving Students from “So What?” to Efficacy to Agency Joan Haley
2:55 – 3:15pm Reinventing the Alcatraz Experience
Katy Olds & Matt Connelly
The Immersive Visitor Experience
Daniel Stephens
3:25 – 3:45pm “Silver Lining” Environmental Education
Danielle York
Adding Empathy to Your Toolkit
Rafael Velazquez
Creating Collaborative Teams
Kira Pontius &
Kekoa Rosehill
3:55 – 4:20pm Office of Relevancy, Diversity, Inclusion and ERGs
Lark Weller
4:30 – 5:00pm Interpretation is a Team Sport – Get Open
Katie Bliss

Day 2 – Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

All sessions use the password I&E!

Throughout the day, the coffee house lounge will be open – if there’s a session that doesn’t seem interesting to you, you can always drop into the lounge to chat with your fellow interpreters and educators on new ideas and our craft(coffee house live captions).

Time (Eastern) Hall A
(Live Captions)
Hall B
(Live Captions)
Hall C
(Live Captions)
12:00 – 12:15pm Welcome & Introduction
12:15 – 12:45pm Keynote:
Race & Controversial Monuments
Robin White
12:45 – 1:10pm Reducing My Bias & Yours
Kimble Talley
1:20 – 1:40pm Strengthening Climate Change Narratives
Elizabeth Villano & Donna Graves
Coffee with a Ranger
Sharon Stiteler
Binge Watching Brown Bears
Michael Fitz
1:50 – 2:10pm Interpreting LGBTQ History
Kate Potter
Shut up Already!
Michael Zwelling
Creating Bilingual Programs
Emily Zivot
2:20 – 2:45pm Interpreter Empowerment & Visitor Boundaries
Cassie Anderson
2:55 – 3:15pm Pivot to Virtual Events
Stephanie Freese
GO on a Trail
Ashley Danielson
Working with HFC
Vanessa Smiley
3:25 – 3:45pm Interpretation under Stress
Maci MacPherson
Look! Visually Augmented Interpretation
Martha Merson, Louise Allen & Nickolay Hristov
Stress-free Assessment with WINE!
Toni Dufficy
3:55 – 4:20pm Storytelling and the Bechdel Test
Braden Paynter
4:30 – 5:00pm Closing Keynote
Carol McBryant

Day 3 – Thursday, September 17th, 2020

All sessions use the password I&E!

Interested in brushing up on your coaching skills and helping other interpreters and educators get better at the craft? This 5-hour interactive workshop session from 12-5pm – don’t worry, there’s breaks – will offer you a chance to practice coaching, explore what makes a great coach, and build your interpretive chops! Join us for this workshop session in Hall A! (Day 3 live captions)

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  1. Hello! Can’t wait for this. Are there session descriptions somewhere? While it’s a dream of mine to be able to attend all of these, that’s not likely and I would like to pick and choose which ones to attend to, but some of the titles are not descriptive. Are there session descriptions that can be shared? Thank you!
    Laura, ACAD

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