Inspiring Connections Training

Monday, December 08, 2014 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


Fundamentals of Interpretation for Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Staff, Volunteers and Partners


Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Monday, December 15, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


This three hour training will be led by Vicki Overholser Penwell, a new Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer and former District Interpreter at Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska, and by Laura Bonneau, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Services Manager.


Vicki and Laura will provide a general overview of the fundamentals of interpretation and introduce the best practices for having successful informal visitor contacts in the Visitor Center, while roving the refuge or while spending time on the tower.


At the end of our time together you will have new tools to help you go beyond sharing your passion for this special place to inspiring connections in visitors that will last a lifetime.


Who should attend: Required for anyone working in Visitor Services at the Visitor Center, roving or at the tower. This training covers basic skills needed for the Refuge Bus Tour. Specific Refuge Bus Tour training will be offered separately. We welcome anyone to join us if you are interested in learning ways to improve your contacts with Refuge visitors. You do not have to belong to FAMI or any other organization to participate in the training, or to volunteer as an interpreter. The training will take place at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.


 If you can’t make either of these dates, the training will be held again in January. You can contact the refuge Visitor Center if you need more information.

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