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June 27, 2006
In Reply Refer To
8300 (250) P
Information Bulletin No. 2006-098
To:                   All Washington Office and Field Office Officials
From:               Division Chief, Recreation and Visitor Services
Subject:            Invitation to attend the 2006 National Interpreters Workshop and Bureau of Land
                        Management (BLM) Interpretive Meeting
Program Area:  Recreation and Visitor Services, National Landscape Conservation System, Environmental Education, Visual Information and Interpretation.
Purpose:  This directive announces the two day BLM interpretive meeting being held on November 6 - 7 in conjunction with the 2006 National Interpreters Workshop (NIW) in Albuquerque, New Mexico scheduled for November 7 -11. 
Policy/Action:  The BLM meeting is designed to convene interpretive staff and mangers to identify interpretive issues that should be addressed in the next five years.
Timeframe:  Effective immediately. The meeting and workshop are scheduled for
November 6 – 11, 2006.
Budget Impact:  Minimal.
Background:  The venue for the annual NIW rotates around the country. 2006 is the first year the NIW is being held in the West since 2003 in Reno, Nevada. The next scheduled western NIW venue will not occur until 2008 in Portland, Oregon. The western venue for the NIW provides a unique opportunity to bring BLM interpretive staff together for training and for a pre-meeting to efficiently plan strategies for future BLM interpretive activities.
The Albuquerque venue is an ideal location to take advantage of a two day meeting for BLM interpreters and staff to identify focus areas for the next five years. The BLM will also be taking part in the Excellence in Interpretation Award ceremony on Thursday, November 9th. The Director has been invited to present the award.

The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is the preeminent professional organization for Interpreters. Each year NAI conducts the NIW which includes an Exhibit Hall where BLM staff can see the latest techniques, books and materials for developing interpretive programs and products. The 2006 program features Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods...” as a keynote speaker. He will share his study on saving children from “nature deficit disorder.” Another keynote will be given by “Three Voices” who are Lakota, Euro-American and African American woman who did research about events leading up to the Wounded Knee Creek massacre in 1890. They will share their work on recognizing and respecting similarities and differences in people from all cultures.  
BLM staff may register early for NIW 2006 on-line at http://www.interpnet.com/niw2006/ through August 7. This site also has the complete registration packet available for review, printing and downloading. Those interested in attending the BLM interpretive meeting should contact Amy Galperin as indicated below. The meeting room for the BLM meeting will be listed in the NAI workshop program.
Directives Affected: None
Coordination: The BLM coordinated with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) to make arrangements to hold an interpreters meeting in conjunction with the 2006 NIW. The BLM also has an ongoing relationship with the NAI to provide training to the BLM interpretive staff.
Contact: Amy Galperin, National Interpretive Lead, Division of Recreation and Visitor Services (WO-250), at 303-239-3960 or by e-mail at Amy_Galperin@blm.gov
Disclaimer: Check the BLM Directives Website to verify that this is the current directive before use.
Signed by:                                                                   
Authenticated by:
Gary Marsh                                                                 
Robert M. Williams
Acting, Division Chief                                                  
Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Recreation and Visitor Services

Last updated: 10-21-2009