Visitor Services Webinar Series

This webinar series covers a wide variety of topics involving Visitor Services topics.  These webinars will share cutting edge topics, tools and resources in Visitor Services. This series targets USFWS employees interested in staying informed about the most up-to-date Visitor Services topics by engaging with experts in the field. 

 

Visitor Services Webinar Descriptions

2018 Sense of Wonder Recognition Webinar, part 1 (01:12:04)

Cheri Anderson, Information and Education Program Manager, Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery, WA - Pacific Region Recipient; Hallie Rasmussen,Visitor Services Manager, Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, WI - Midwest Region Recipient; Jack Sparks, Outdoor Recreation Planner, San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex, CA - Pacific Southwest Region Recipient.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sense of Wonder Recognition Program recognizes Service employees, nominated by coworkers, who have designed and delivered exceptional visitor services programs that foster a sense of wonder and public stewardship of our wildlife heritage. Every year, each Service region selects an employee as the recipient of the Sense of Wonder recognition for their region. Nominees are evaluated on their ability to use interpretation and environmental education to create innovative methods of connecting people with nature.  The program recognizes individuals who performed outstanding work accomplished during the last two years, or who have sustained quality performance in  interpretation and environmental education throughout their Service careers.  

This webinar highlights the inspiring projects and career accomplishments of three of the 2018 Regional Sense of Wonder Award recipients. During this recorded webinar, you will learn about the exciting work they’ve been doing, and discover how you might integrate some of these program elements to advance your own visitor services program. They will hear about about their special projectslessons learned and best practices in visitor services. 

Recorded: July 11, 2019

2018 Sense of Wonder Recognition webinar- part 2 (01:12:21)

Joan Howe, Refuge Ranger, Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, TN - Southeast Region Recipient; Ed Stege, Project Leader, Leadville National Fish Hatchery, CO - Mountain-Prairie Region Recipient; Jared Green, Wildlife Refuge Specialist, Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex, MA - Northeast Region Recipient.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sense of Wonder Recognition Program recognizes Service employees, nominated by coworkers, who have designed and delivered exceptional visitor services programs that foster a sense of wonder and public stewardship of our wildlife heritage. Every year, each Service region selects an employee as the recipient of the Sense of Wonder recognition for their region. Nominees are evaluated on their ability to use interpretation and environmental education to create innovative methods of connecting people with nature.  The program recognizes individuals who performed outstanding work accomplished during the last two years, or who have sustained quality performance in  interpretation and environmental education throughout their Service careers.  

This webinar highlights the inspiring projects and career accomplishments of three of the 2018 Regional Sense of Wonder Award recipients. During this recorded webinar, you will learn about the exciting work they’ve been doing, and discover how you might integrate some of these program elements to advance your own visitor services program. They will hear about about their special projectslessons learned and best practices in visitor services. 

Recorded:  July 25, 2019

2017 Sense of Wonder Awards- Part 1 (01:31:55)

Presented by Alice Garrett, Regional Office (R1) Laurie Lomas Gonzales, Trinity River NWR (R2) Kelly Blackledge, Tamarac NWR (R3) Kevin Painter, Regional Office (R7). December 6, 2017.

 Every year, each region nominates an employee for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sense of Wonder recognition program, acknowledging outstanding achievement in the fields of interpretation and environmental education. This 2-part series will highlight the inspiring projects and career accomplishments of the 2017 Regional Sense of Wonder Award recipients. Learn about the exciting work they’ve been recognized for around the country and discover how you might integrate some of these program elements to advance your own visitor services program. During the webinar, you will be able to: Learn about recognized visitor services projects around the country. Talk with Regional Sense of Wonder Award nominees about their projects, lessons learned and best practices in visitor services. Connect with other visitor services professionals, strengthening this community of practice.

2017 Sense of Wonder Awards- Part 2 (01:30:19)

Toni Westland, J.N. Ding Darling NWR (R4) Deloras Freeman, Great Dismal Swamp NWR (R5) Lori Iverson, National Elk Refuge (R6) Lora Haller, Sacramento NWR (R8). December 7, 2017.

 Every year, each region nominates an employee for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sense of Wonder recognition program, acknowledging outstanding achievement in the fields of interpretation and environmental education. This 2-part series will highlight the inspiring projects and career accomplishments of the 2017 Regional Sense of Wonder Award recipients. Learn about the exciting work they’ve been recognized for around the country and discover how you might integrate some of these program elements to advance your own visitor services program. During the webinar, you will be able to: Learn about recognized visitor services projects around the country. Talk with Regional Sense of Wonder Award nominees about their projects, lessons learned and best practices in visitor services. Connect with other visitor services professionals, strengthening this community of practice.