2016 Conference

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“Crafting Lasting Legacies Through Interpretation”

September 12-15, 2016

Cuivre River State Park – Troy, Missouri

Mark your calendars for the 2016 AMI workshop at beautiful Cuivre River State Park in Troy, Missouri!  This year’s conference will take place  at the historic Camp Sherwood CCC group camp.  Hosting our workshop at a group camp keeps our costs low and means FREE lodging for YOU!  The committee is busy planning some amazing field sessions in the northeast Missouri region.   Be thinking of a session that you could present to fit our theme.   More information and a call for papers will come out very soon.

Lodging

Free lodging will be available in Camp Sherwood.   Camp Sherwood is divided into 4 “villages”, each with cabins that sleep up to 6 people.  Each village features a restroom/shower house.  Participants will need to bring their own bedding and towels.  To view photos of Camp Sherwood, visit the album on the park’s Facebook page.

If a participant wishes to stay in a hotel room in Troy, the Super 8 hotel is conveniently located by Highway 61 and rates run about $108/night.

Tentative Workshop Agenda

Monday, September 12

Preconference field sessions

Tuesday, September 13

Conference kickoff and keynote speaker

Concurrent sessions at Camp Sherwood

Awards Banquet at the historic Troy Odd Fellows Lodge in Downtown Troy

Wednesday, September 14

Conference field sessions at Camp Sherwood

Scholarship Auction at Camp Sherwood Recreation Hall

Thursday, September 15

Concurrent sessions at Camp Sherwood

Business meeting and lunch at Camp Sherwood

AMI Scholarship and Professional Development Auction

As always, dig around in your basements, closets, and offices for those unique items for the auction!   The AMI auction is our only fundraiser for our scholarship fund, which allows AMI to provide student scholarships as well as professional development stipends for our members.

Save the Date-AMI Conference 2016

AMI-2016-logoMark your calendars for the 2016 AMI workshop at beautiful Cuivre River State Park in Troy, Missouri!  This year’s conference will take place September 12-15, 2016 at the historic Camp Sherwood CCC group camp.  Hosting our workshop at a group camp keeps our costs low and means FREE lodging for YOU!  The committee is busy planning some amazing field sessions in the northeast Missouri region.   Our theme this year is “Crafting last legacies through interpretation”, so be thinking of a session that you could present to fit our theme.   More information and a call for papers will come out very soon.  Stay tuned to the Conference page for updates!

NAI Region 6 Workshop Seeking Vendors

r6wkshp2016Region 6 of the National Association for Interpretation is having its annual workshop in Springfield, Missouri in February 2016.  They are currently filling out their vendor area, and seeking groups or business that would like to be part of it.  Vendor spaces are open to both private sellers and government/non-profit organizations that just want a showcase for what they do.  At the workshop, vendors will be able to talk with interpreters from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri,  Oklahoma, and Texas.  You can find out more details in this vendor letter.

Make a Difference — Run for Office!

AMI offices for President and Secretary are open for 2016. This is a great opportunity to develop strong professional relationships, to enhance your leadership skills, as well as to enrich AMI with your creativity, experience and knowledge. Please email an electronic “head shot” photograph and your “campaign” write-up on or before August 21. Please consider giving back to this excellent organization by running for office. We need you!

If you are interested in running for either office please contact Elections Chair, Lisa LaCombe at lisa.lacombe@mdc.mo.gov or (816) 228-3766.

OFFICE DUTIES

(Taken from the AMI By-laws)

Section 1. The officers of the Association shall be President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair and the Elections Chair.

Section 2. The 5 elected officers, the Elections Chair and the immediate past president (if available and willing to serve) shall constitute the Executive Committee. In the case of the immediate past president being unable to fill this position, a member at large will be appointed by the officers to fill the opening.

AMI President 2 year term

Section 3. The President shall be the presiding officer at all meetings of the Association and at all meetings of the Executive Committee.

AMI Secretary 2 year term

Section 5. The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the Association and its Executive Committee in a suitable book. They shall also submit reports at the annual business meeting and shall publish a membership directory yearly.

Important 2015 Workshop Information

JCNicholsFtThis year’s workshop in Kansas City promises to be another great one, and we hope to have as many AMI members there as we can get.   Not only because we love gathering with fellow interpreters, but also because there is a very important vote coming up at this year’s business meeting.   For those that cannot attend, there will be a chance for you to cast your vote after the workshop.    But we would rather see you at the conference!   You can register online at http://bit.ly/1K25xNP or download the paper registration form.  The deadline for registration is Friday, August 14.

It is also very important for you to book your hotel room by Monday, August 17.  AMI will suffer serious financial penalties if rooms are not booked by then.  The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Kansas City Downtown – Aladdin at 1215 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64105.  To receive the group rate of $109 per room, you will need to call the hotel at 877-224-2870 and tell them you are with the Association of Missouri Interpreters Conference.

Breakfast is not included at this hotel. One valet parking voucher, which is valid for the whole conference, will be included with your room. The hotel reservation staff may not know this because it is a central reservation system, but the Aladdin hotel will have the voucher when you arrive.

Finally, please remember to bring items to donate for the AMI auction. This auction benefits AMI scholarships for students to attend future conferences.  Thank you on behalf of the 2015 AMI Conference Committee.  See you in Kansas City!

AMI Workshop 2015 – Call for Papers

kc logoThe 2015 conference committee is looking for dynamic presenters for the 2015 workshop.  In other words, we need YOU! The state of Missouri is rich in talented, professional interpreters whose role it is to help Missourians make connections to our natural, cultural, and historical resources.

With focus on our title: The Art of Interpretation in the City and Theme: Embrace your niche as you interpret nature and culture in the city, please share your creativity and talents with fellow interpreters by presenting a session at the conference.

There is a short turnaround time on the call for papers. The deadline is August 7.

Download the workshop proposal form for more details!

Runge Nature Center Seeks Naturalist Assistant

mdclogoRunge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City, Mo. is seeking a part-time naturalist assistant.

The Naturalist Assistant’s main duties are to feed, water, and care for all of the nature center’s captive animals on display or used in interpretive programs. In addition, this person may conduct interpretive presentations and hikes both on-site and off-site on a wide range of natural history and conservation topics.

This position is intended for individuals interested in the pursuing a career and/or gaining further experience in the field of natural history interpretation. Any person 18 years of age or older may apply.  This position has a salary of $10.83 per hour.

Please contact Robin Grumm, Assistant Nature Center Manager (robin.grumm@mdc.mo.gov)  for a complete job description and application or go online at www.mdc.mo.gov.  The application deadline is May 22, 2015.

Award-Winning Ornithologist Visits Springfield

 

johncrobinsonAward-winning ornithologist, two-time #1 best-selling author, and wildlife biologist John C. Robinson has introduced hundreds of thousands of people all over the world to the joys of bird watching for over thirty-five years. In his latest title, Birding for Everyone: Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers, he encourages the appreciation of nature through birding. John also explores the curious lack of a minority presence in the birding community and offers new solutions for changing the face of conservation through birding.  You can learn more about John at his website, www.onmymountain.com, or by watching this short video about him.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is bringing Robinson to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center for two talks and a free workshop in February:

 

Missouri Birds–Identifying Birds of Western Missouri

February 19 • Thursday • 7–8 pm

John will share his experiences as a beginning birder in northwest Missouri, discuss his current work that helps connect minority and inner city youth and young adults with nature, and review key techniques for identifying the birds of western Missouri by sight and by sound. This program is cosponsored by the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society. Call 417-888-4237 beginning January 15 to register for this program for ages 7–adult.

 

Birds–Wonders of the Natural World

February 20 • Friday • 7–8:45 pm

John’s unique combination of breath-taking photographs, fun biology lessons, personal stories, and humor has helped hundreds of thousands of birders worldwide to improve their bird identification skills. Be sure to bring your most burning bird questions so you can participate in the popular “Ask the Bird Man!” session that is part of this special presentation for ages 12-adult. Call 417-888-4237 beginning January 15 to register for this program for ages 10–adult.

 

Diversity in the Outdoors–Connecting Youth to Nature

February 20 • Friday • 10 am–12 noon

In this interactive workshop, you can join John as he shares recent data collected from environmental educators across the globe that pinpoint the top 10 challenges and opportunities to connect our youth to nature and the outdoors. Special focus will be given to the concept of making our environmental message relevant to an increasingly diverse audience, including inner city youth. Bring a sack lunch for additional networking opportunities from 12 noon–1 pm. (Drinks and dessert provided.) There is no charge for this workshop for adults only, but registration is required by calling 417-888-4237 today.

 

John’s visit is cosponsored by Missouri State University-Bull Shoals Field Station, City of Springfield-Department of Environmental Services, Springfield-Greene County Library, and Greater Ozarks Audubon Society.

The KC Connection

kc logoGreetings AMI members! Below you will find links to the latest issues of the KC Connection. This newsletter will take you on a journey through the history of Kansas City. You will receive one issue per month from now through August 2015, leading us right to the 2015 AMI conference in Kansas City. Along the way you may see some familiar faces and have some fun as well. Enjoy!

Resources for “Alternate Reality Gaming at Interpretive Sites”

Art-Hunters-LogoAt the recent Association of Missouri Interpreters’ workshop in Sedalia, I spoke on Art Hunters, the interpretive alternate reality game I created with Red40 Entertainment for the Springfield Art Museum.  Those interested in learning more about the project might enjoy the links below:

ARGNet Article — An excellent article describing the project and its mission, by Michael Andersen of the Alternate Reality Gaming Network.

The Art Hunters YouTube Playlist — Watch episodes, promos, and the “Hunter Safety” video we created here.

The Art Hunters Facebook Page — Scroll through to see how our social media challenges for each week challenged players to demonstrate the themes they learned in each episode.

Final Report — Our summary and evaluation of the game, prepared for the Springfield Art Museum.

Ozarks Live! Story — To see what the game looks like from a player perspective, watch this story and interview with one of our youngest participants.

Interpreting in Alternate Realities — An article on interpretive ARGs that I wrote for Legacy, the magazine of the National Association for Interpretation.

The Scurry Squirrel Show — A demo version of a nature-based interpretive ARG that could be staged on a shoestring budget.

RevQuest Website — This annual alternate reality game at Colonial Williamsburg served as the jumping-off point for Art Hunters.

Talk by Jane McGonigal — Designer Jane McGonigal’s ideas about gaming were another inspiration for the project.

If you have any questions about the Art Hunters project, contact me at dakotawrussell@gmail.com.  Thanks for all the great feedback on the session!

Our "living statue" distributes promotional flyers in the run-up to the game.

Our “living statue” distributes promotional flyers in the run-up to the game.