Learn to successfully develop a stewardship group.
Presenters: Lori Raymaker, Park Stewardship Coordinator, Kitsap County, Washington Parks; Patrick Parsel, National Trails Trainer, American Conservation Experience
With reduced funding sources, volunteers are a key component to being able to manage and maintain park and trail systems. Learn to successfully develop a stewardship group, and the pros and cons of working with this type of group. We will also discuss the roles of the agency verses the volunteers, and how to empower volunteers while addressing potential liability through volunteer training and education. Because a well-developed volunteer stewardship group is so diverse, this discussion will explore different leadership styles and ways to communicate with people from different backgrounds.
Stefis Demetropoulos of the Florida Forest Service tells the story of how one volunteer can make a difference.
Exhibitions are complex presentations that convey concepts, showcase objects, and excite the senses. However, as museums recognize the diversity within their audiences, they realize that exhibitions must do more: exhibitions must teach to different learning styles, respond to issues of cultural and gender equity, and offer multiple levels of information. The resulting changes in exhibitions have made these presentations more understandable, enjoyable, and connected to visitors’ lives.
The Accessibility Guidelines are intended as a reference manual and department policy on accessible design and shall be utilized in planning and implementing regular maintenance activities, construction projects, publications, exhibits, new programs, and special events. The guidelines are not a comprehensive set of requirements for all situations, but rather a summary of information from many sources which provide guidance for common uses in the State Park System. This document is an update to the 2009 edition.
Kartchner Caverns State Park provides tours that see over 150,000 people annually and the information that rangers provide on the tours is crucial to the experience. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community has been missing out on a vital part of the experience, until now.