Nominations are Due July 30th!!

If you are considering running for Regional Director or Secretary of Pacific Northwest Region 10 please contact Jessica Moore and let her know as soon as possible. My term is up at the end of December and we need you to step up and help your professional association. Thank you. There may be other opportunities as well.

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Dr. Sam Ham honored with Grant W. Sharpe Award for 2016

It is with great excitement that the Awards Committee recognizes Dr. Sam Ham as the recipient of the 2016 Grant W. Sharpe Award. The award recognizes a person’s long-term contribution to Region 10’s NAI and to the field of interpretation in one, or more, of the following disciplines: frontline interpretation, academics, supervision, management, planning and design and/or fabrication. It is hard to over-state the powerful influence Dr. Ham has had on the field of Interpretation, not just in Region 10, but indeed around the world. As a result, the committee found him eminently deserving of this award!

Ray Novotny, who prepared the nomination, had this to say: “Region 10 leads off its Grant Sharpe award nomination with a quote from Sam Ham, immediately proving his significance to the region, our organization, and our profession. Dr. Ham began his career nearly a half century ago as a student on the other end of Washington State from Grant Sharpe and although he worked worldwide, always used the Pacific Northwest as his base.  He taught, inspired, and provoked countless interpreters of all ranks through his courses, presentations, workshops, books and other publications. You might say he built a magnificent castle upon Grant Sharpe’s solid foundation.”

Pat Barry, Regional Director for the Pacific Northwest Region said this: “Dr. Sam Ham, who is one of the giants in our field was selected for the Pacific Northwest Region’s Grant W. Sharpe Award. Sam H. Ham is the author of “Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose” which is one of the required publications for the Certified Interpretive Guide program. Sam is an emeritus professor from the University of Idaho, Moscow and specialized in communication psychology; Director of Center for International Training & Outreach; persuasive communication; interpretation in natural and cultural settings; sustainable tourism. He facilitated a philanthropic program to aid conservation in the Galapagos and will be the Keynote speaker in the forthcoming NAI International Conference.”

Pat went on to say: “Throughout his long career, he has advanced the interpretive profession and strengthened its foundations on solid research. Robin Norris, my former coworker and former Region 10 treasurer was an undergraduate student of Sam. She told me they used to call him the “Energizer Bunny” because of his endless supply of energy and enthusiasm. He is an NAI Fellow and leader in our field. Congratulations, Sam!”

Congratulations indeed, and a big thanks to Sam for all he has done to advance the field of interpretation. Thanks too to Ray Novotny for his excellent nomination on Sam’s behalf, and to the Region 10 Award Committee members Nicole Can and David Ranseen for assisting me with the 2016 award selection.

– Submitted by Lezlie Murray, NAI R10 Awards Committee Chair


* Do you know someone deserving of recognition for their long-term contributions to the field of interpretation and NAI’s Region 10? If so, please consider nominating them for the 2017 Grant W. Sharpe Award. The Awards Committee will be accepting nominations through January 31, 2018. The nomination forms can be downloaded from the regional website. If you have any questions please feel free to contact, Lezlie Murray at   

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Northwest Passages Winter Issue!

The Pacific Northwest Region issue of Northwest Passages is now on line and ready for your enjoyment at Winter 2016

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Grant W. Sharpe Award 

Winners of the Grant W. Sharpe Award over the years:

2006 Lezlie Murray
2007 Ronica Hathaway
2008 Todd Cullings
2009 Clay Heilman
2010 Patrick Barry
2011 Faith Duncan
2012 Robin Norris
2013 Betsey Ellerbroek
2014 Chuck Lennox
2015 Nicole Cann
2016 Who will it be??? 

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Our Region Needs Your Help!

If you are wondering, “How can make the world a better place?” there are endless ways to do it. If you want to make Pacific Northwest Region 10 a better place, here are a few possibilities.

Two offices are opening on our regional leadership team. We need people to run for Deputy Director and Treasurer. If you are interested, contact Jessica Moore
( as soon as possible. Elections are soon and the term begins in January. We need creative, energetic people who have time to help make a difference.

We have a NAI National Conference in Spokane in 2017. There will be opportunities to help. Let us know if you want to add working on a National Workshop to your resume!

We hope to hold more mini-workshops during the coming years. These consist of a tour of your site, a social event and an opportunity for visiting interpreters to help you plan or revise one of your interpretive efforts. Mini-workshops make sense in our geographically spread out region. I’m happy to help you plan it.

We need someone to revise our display that will be travelling to the 2016 NAI National Conference in Texas.

We need someone to help develop fundraising products like tee-shirts, stickers, etc.

Please contact me or any other member of our leadership team if you want to help your region.

Thank you for helping!

Patrick Barry
Regional Director
NAI Pacific Northwest Region 10

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Spring Workshop


National Association for Interpretation, Pacific Northwest Region, Spring Workshop

20 April 2016, 9:00 AM –4:30 PM (end varies according to location)


Seven Locations:

  1. Vancouver, Washington Cascades Volcano Observatory

Coordinator: Pat Barry,


  1. Seattle, Washington, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks)
3015 NW 54th Street
Seattle, Washington 98107
Contact: Rich Deline, Director, Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Education Foundation
Additional agenda items: Tour of the locks and botanical garden; discussion on historical soils and local geology. This facility also hosts a fish ladder, lock to/from salt/fresh water, historical structures, visitor center & gift shop, and currently there is a grey whale hanging out in the large locks.
End time for Workshop: Likely by 3:00 pm.
Challenges for Special Needs: Planned meeting room may not be wheelchair accessible. Please call.
Lunch: Plan to bring your own but there is a Taco Time and other small restaurants within 5 min. walking distance.


  1. Anchorage, Alaska, BP Energy Center

Coordinator: Leslie Murray


  1. Bend, Oregon, Environmental Center

Coordinator: Karen Gentry


  1. Medford, Oregon, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, BLM

Coordinator: Christine Beekman,


  1. Eugene, Oregon, University of Oregon, Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Coordinator: Robyn Anderson,


  1. Lava Beds National Monument, Tule Lake, California

Coordinator: Patrick Taylor,


Note: This workshop is FREE but we ask you to make a generous donation to Pacific Northwest Region when you register. Donations help with regional expenses including scholarships to NAI National Workshops. We normally charge $50-60. for the Spring Workshop.



This workshop will be broadcast via Google hangouts from

U.S. Geological Survey –Cascades Volcano Observatory

1300 SE Cardinal Court, Vancouver, WA 98683

Other sites will stay connected until 11:45 AM. Then, the workshop either ends or continues, depending on the site.


Interpreters play an important role in the public’s understanding of Cascadia. Learn how you can interpret plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes, and how these geologic processes are relevant to your visitors.

Presenters for the broadcast part include:

Oregon State University Professor Emeritus Robert J. Lillie giving the lead presentation, “Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest;”

USGS hydrologist and author Carolyn Driedger and USGS educator Liz Westby will lead you in hands-on demonstration activities that help people understand volcanoes and volcanic hazards, and provide tips on preparing for the next event.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Master Interpreter Todd Cullings will provide insight on proven techniques for interpreting volcanoes.

Register at:


Registration is up and running. Open to all.

Workshop coordinator: Pat Barry, Regional Director, NAI Pacific Northwest Region (formerly Region 10)

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