Northwest Region Internship Scholarship

The Northwest Region of the National Association for Interpretation is pleased to offer the Northwest Region Internship Scholarship to support those interpreters who are striving to gain practical experience by completing internships. Doing so is often financially difficult, so the NW Region is offering two $600 scholarships to help put food on the table and a roof over the head of a budding interpreter.

The scholarship includes $600 to use as needed to offset living expenses during the internship. The stipend will be awarded in $200 increments. After the first $200 is awarded, a successful applicant will be required to submit a written, photo or video journal of their internship experience each month to continue to receive the stipend. We want to see what you’re learning and doing and how new interpreters are inspiring others! Journal submissions will be shared on the Northwest Region’s Facebook and webpages.

All applications, including a reference and documentation proving the internship verification are due no later than June 15. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so the sooner, the better! A decision will be made no later than June 30. Direct all questions or requests for further information to NAI Northwest Region Scholarship Chair at

Click here to apply

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Thank You!

Thanks to all the region 10 members who joined us at the spring 2019 workshop and for the massive support from folks at the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center and Museum and Cedar River Watershed Education Center. Without all of you, this year’s workshop would not have been possible! Check out the Facebook page to see fun action shots and details from our experiences. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for “Spring” next year- we’ll have another great lineup to offer you!

-Region 10 leadership team

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Still Can’t Decide?

Our Spring Workshop is right around the corner.  If you can’t decide which site to attend, check out each agenda and register today!

North Bend, WA

The Dalles, OR

Register here!

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Join the Team

Are you interested in joining the Northwest Region NAI leadership team? Are you a current member of NAI, and looking to become more active in the interpretive community? If so, this is your chance to become a committee chair! This is a great resume builder, networking opportunity, and fun way to gain career development and build professionalism in the field of interpretation. You can participate and make a meaningful impact at the local level.

We are looking for a qualified candidate to fill our Deputy Director position. This is an appointed volunteer position, though we are looking to fill it temporarily until regular elections are held in the Fall of 2019. This is an excellent way to gain experience before we fill the 3-year term position. Find out more here.

We are also excited to welcome a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion chair on board to bring a new expertise and knowledgebase to the team. We are looking for a qualified candidate to fill this volunteer position to enhance our regional offerings by supporting DEI practices. Find out more here.


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Why Wait? Register today!

Here’s a reminder for our upcoming Interpretive workshop! Our workshop link is live- and we’re waiting for you to register!

Register here!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Registration: National Association for Interpretation Northwest Region 2019 Spring Workshop



What is the best approach for difficult topics? How can we make lasting positive connections around uncomfortable themes? How do we acknowledge discomfort and look to the future? How do we embrace and share these important concepts?

Attend at one of two sites:

Cedar River Watershed Education Center
17905 Cedar Falls Road SE
North Bend, WA

This educational facility is a great gathering place to connect locals with the source of their water. Nestled in the Cascade Foothills, this center is a gateway to the watershed. Come join us as we learn about the complex issues surrounding drinking water, the surrounding forest and local wildlife. There are a variety of ways to experience nature at this scenic facility, while learning about the water cycle, habitats and history in a science-focused setting.  


Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center and Museum
500 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, OR

This educational facility provides an in-depth look into the geology, flora, fauna, and history of the Columbia Gorge area. Come join us as we learn about local Native American history and culture, early county development, and life during the last ice age. Protected by the National Scenic Act, this region is home to an incredible combination of spectacular landscapes and recreational opportunities. This center is at the heart of it all.    


Two days March 27th and 28th, 2019
9:00-5:00 each day (Pacific Time Zone)

Check out the following link to register:

Register here!

Workshop Registration:
$85 rate for Members for both days

$165 rate for Non-Members for both days (Join NAI for the discounted rate – Become a member here!)

$10 rate for Remote Keynote Access ONLY (a link to a live stream of the Day 1 keynote will be e-mailed to you if you select this option. Please be advised that nothing else is included.)

Registration Includes:

  • A full day of presentations, engaging open-discussions and inspiring keynotes on Day 1
  • Catered lunch and coffee/morning beverages provided on Day 1 (Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options available)
  • A site tour of either the Cedar River Watershed Education Center or Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center and Museum with presentations and field trip activities offered by site staff and partners on Day 2
  • Boxed or catered Lunch on Day 2. (Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options available)

Workshop Description:

This workshop provides participants a unique opportunity to discuss controversial concepts with like minded individuals in a welcome setting. We will openly explore solutions and share ideas focused on this year’s workshop theme “Interpreting Controversial Issues and Ideas”, uniting as interpreters to facilitate meaningful connections with our audiences. With time to learn from professionals in the field, network with fellow educators, explore each unique host site, and attend off-site field trips, this is sure to be a memorable experience. We look forward to meeting each of you, and providing you with new skills and suggestions for your future programs and interactions.

Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote: “Interpreting Sensitive Topics Through Non-Personal Interpretation” – Ray Radigan

Ray Radigan is the Curator and Museum Manager at Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, MA. He has spent the last decade working as an interpreter for the National Park Service and several non-profit museums. With extensive experience drafting and designing waysides, museum/VC exhibits, web and social media content, and publications, Ray has interpreted everything from wolves to ice cream, both of which were controversial. Throughout the process, he has developed a unique understanding of navigating the challenges of addressing controversial subjects, both with the public and within institutions.

Afternoon Keynote: “Interpreting Climate…for Future Generations” – John Morris

John Morris was an interpreter and interpretive manager with the National Park Service in Alaska for 34 years. Since retirement in 2014, he’s worked as a consultant and coordinator for Earth to Sky, an inter-agency partnership between NASA, the National Park Service, and several other agencies, bringing together scientists, park rangers, and environmental educators in a national community of practice addressing climate change and science literacy. In 2015, he was honored for those efforts by President Obama’s White House as a Climate Education and Literacy Champion of Change.  John’s keynote discusses interpreting climate change in the world today, which involves a robust set of skills, tools, and innovative strategies for engaging diverse audiences. He’ll also discuss ways to encourage the conversation and help it become commonplace in our daily lives. 


Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given until March 14th with a $50 cancellation fee. After this date, refunds will be given only by review of the Northwest Region Workshop Committee. All refunds will be processed after the event.

For cancellations, questions, and other needs please contact Region Director AJ Chlebnik at

Lodging Info:

There are multiple affordable lodging choices near each host site. You are welcome to select a site that suits your needs best and provides the amenities you require. We have not blocked off/secured rooms at a specific site.

Below are some options:

Oregon Site options:
-Motel 6 (located in the Dalles)- 8 minute drive
-Comfort Inn (located in the Dalles)- 10 minute drive
-Super 8 (located in the Dalles)- 10 minute drive

Washington Site options:
-North Bend Motel (located in North Bend)- 11 minute drive
-Sunset Motel (located in North Bend)- 15 minute drive
-Edgewick Inn (located in North Bend)- 15 minute drive

*Additional accommodations available 20 miles away in Issaquah or Snoqualmie:
-Hampton Inn and Suites (located in Snoqualmie) 20 minute drive
-Motel 6 (located in Issaquah)- 30 minute drive

**Additionally, there are campgrounds and RV parks near each site if you prefer. We recommend checking into seasonal closures in advance.

Volunteering Info:

We need volunteers to help with registration, lunch, and clean-up at both locations. If you are interested in volunteering at the The Dalles, OR workshop, contact Alysa Adams at If you are interested in volunteering at the North Bend, WA workshop, contact AJ Chlebnik at Volunteers will earn some cool NAI swag and our undying gratitude.

Presenter Info:

Do you want to be a presenter at this year’s workshop? If you have experiences to share, expert training you can provide, our breakout sessions or activities you can lead related to our workshop theme, we encourage you to apply! Please complete and submit this application online by February 22nd. Material will be reviewed and presenters will be notified by March 2nd.

Apply to be a presenter!

Scholarship Info:

We have scholarships available to attend this workshop! Apply by February 22nd for the opportunity to earn up to $200 toward workshop registration and lodging for either site. For more information, contact David Ranseen, Scholarship Chair at

Apply for a scholarship here!

Membership Awards:

We also will be awarding 2 Memberships to NAI for attendees at the workshop. To apply for a membership apply using the form below by March 17. If you have questions, contact Brian Janson, Awards Chair or Ian Wilson, Membership Chair at You MUST attend the workshop in order to be eligible for a free membership.

Apply for a membership here!

Sponsorship Info:

The Northwest Region Workshop is a great way to reach out to area interpreters and their organizations. We are looking for sponsors to help offset the cost of the workshop and support local interpreters! We couldn’t do it without you. A sponsorship of ANY amount is appreciated. Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Recognition and advertisement in workshop materials at either or both workshop sites.
  • Recognition on website and social media for NAI Northwest Region throughout the period leading up to the workshop and during the workshop.
  • Free registration for one person to attend (Denali level sponsorship)

For more information, check out our sponsorship form here:

Sponsor the Northwest Region Workshop!

Thank you so much for your interest in NAI Northwest Region! We hope to see you at the Spring Workshop in March 27th-28th, 2019. This is sure to be an educational and memorable experience.  

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Call for Presentations


Application for Presenters 

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Welcome to NAI’s Northwest Region!

This is Your Region…

The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation. We encompass this message by providing an outlet for career development and inspiring leadership and excellence within the Northwest Region. This includes Alaska, Yukon, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Our region provides interpretive services from coast to forest to sagebrush shrub-steppe. From the mountains to the valleys and the winding rivers between. We represent diverse cultures, histories and experiences- and we all have something in common.

We are interpreters just like you, and we share the same goals. To inspire, make meaningful connections, foster a sense of stewardship for our wild and historic places and a passion to protect and conserve. To offer outlets for exploration, evoke emotion, encourage thinking, and instill a sense of wonder and belonging within our audiences. We are here for you, for the people, and for the land with its vast natural and cultural resources. We each have a unique story to share, and networking with like-minded individuals can help us to succeed as we each carry out the legacies we believe in.

Welcome to Northwest Region- we’re glad you’re here!

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NAI’s Northwest Region wants you!

We currently have 2 leadership positions available in the Northwest Region and we would love to have you on board. Check out the opportunities by clicking on the links below.

Questions? Contact Alysa Adams, Northwest Region Elections Chair at

Treasurer position

Membership Chair position

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