We traveled to Guyana in South America to lead a two-week Guide Training Course for a US AID (Agency for International Development)-funded project through the Guyana Trade and Investment Support Project. Twenty-three students in the course ranging in age from 18-50+ attended from across the country but predominantly from the interior with many Amerindian community ecotourism lodges represented. Guyana is one of only 4 countries in the world with a majority of their original habitat still intact. The country is planning on pursuing a Low Carbon Development Strategy with the initial support of Norway that will fund sustainable development projects in rural communities. The Guyana Minister of Amerindian Affairs visited the course on its second day to encourage the students in their training. Guyana is an emerging gem for ecotourism in the world.
Spring saw the completion of four interpretive signs for the City of Shoreline at Boeing Creek Park (this is a link to one of the signs) and additional signs at Beebe Springs Natural Area in Chelan, WA for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. An exhibit design plan was completed for the Discovery Depot at Stub Stewart State Park in Banks OR west of Hillsboro, OR. This is the first new Oregon state park in 25 years! Work was completed on the first components of a Junior Ranger Program Conceptual Plan for Florida State Parks.
An interesting evaluation project was undertaken with the Research Ambassador Project (RAP) at The Evergreen State College. RAP supports academic scientists who would like to do outreach to non-traditional audiences. RAP was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation and CIC LLC was contracted to evaluate the grant-funded project. Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC assisted Metro Parks Tacoma in the development of their Nature Education, Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism plan as recommended in their Mission-Led Comprehensive Plan.
Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC along with partners Stella Color and Neighborhood House has been awarded a 2nd Place for Interior Exhibits in the 2010 National Association for Interpretation Media Awards for their joint entry - Discover the Circle of Sustainability - Interpreting a Green Building which are a set of interior panels developed to interpret the sustainability features in Neighborhood House's new High Point Center in West Seattle.
Two evaluation projects were awarded to Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC this winter. The Environmental Education Association of Washington contracted with CIC to provide external evaluation support for a US Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education Grant for the Sustainable Design Project in partnership with the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The second contract award was from Northwest Trek in Eatonville, WA as an external evaluator on a Boeing Company grant for their Trailside Encounter Conservation Action Program.
Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC has been hired to develop an interpretive plan and accompanying materials (brochure/map and website) along with wayfinding and interpretive sign recommendations for King County's newly designated Heritage and Scenic Corridors. Nine Corridors were designated last fall and a report has been released. CIC help the agency tell the many stories of these interesting county roads.
Neighborhood House's High Point Center is now OPEN! Cascade Interpretive Consulting, in cooperation with Stella Color, developed a series of colorful and engaging interpretive signs to tell the story of this Green building to its diverse clientele. Check out this interactive web site to learn more about the building's features.
4 Culture, King County's (metro Seattle) cultural services agency, has hired Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC to plan, develop and facilitate a Heritage Tourism Workshop on Saturday November 7, 2009 for organizations, groups and agencies listed in their Destination Heritage print and on-line heritage tourism brochures. 4 Culture is encouraging heritage groups to get ready for tourism!
Neighborhoood House, a 103-year old non-profit social service organization in Seattle , has contracted with Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC to provide project management and planning services for interpretive exhibits and displays in the new sustainably designed and soon-to-open Neighborhood House - High Point Center in West Seattle. Located in the award-winning neighborhood developed by Seattle Housing Authority, High Point is a international model of a sustainably designed development for one of the most diverse populations in the metro Seattle area. CIC LLC will develop an interpretive plan, docent manual and interpretive/educational signage for the building.
E3 Washington (Education-Environment-Economy) and the Environmental Education Association of Washington has contracted with Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC to develop the King County E3 Plan (metro Seattle).
Eighteen regions across Washignton State developed Regional Plans that were used to develop the Statewide Plan. Regional Summits, including King County's Summit held in June 2008, gathered information and collaborated with regional stakeholders to describe their hopes and dreams in a practical plan for increased coordination of environmental and sustainability education in the metro Seattle area. The King County E3 Plan was completed in Summer 2009.
Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC will be offering a Certified Interpretive Guide Course (CIG) on February 10-13, 2009 at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center in North Bend, WA (east of Seattle, WA). For more information and/or to register, please see this CIG Course flyer and registration form. The CIG Course is offered by the National Association for Interpretation for interpreters, guides and docents in a variety of settings.
The National Association for Interpretation, held their annual National Interpreters Workshop in Portland, Oregon on November 11-15, 2008. Chuck Lennox, Principal of Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC, chaired the workshop attended by nearly 1,200 people from across the United States as well as Sweden, Malawi, France, China, Cananda, Australia, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. The Workshop included over 100 concurrent session, three pre-workshop course and five evening special events. Many participants felt it was one of the best national workshops they had attended.
In a unique job, Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC was contracted to present interpretive skills training to river guides with ROW Adventures, a provider of regional and international adventure travel experiences. Chuck Lennox, Principal of Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC, accompanied the seasonal training float trip on the Grande Ronde River in northeastern Oregon from May 5-11, 2008. Guides were supported in developing interpretive approaches for guest river floating experiences.
Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC presented an Interpretive Skills Workshop for the Association of Western States Folklorists at their Annual Workshop held this year at Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center in Port Townsend, WA. Participants were excited to learn more about interpretation and how it might apply to their work at home.
The Environmental Education Resource Center is live! This on-line tool was developed to link environmental education resources (people, places and programs) and provide one centralized location to find these kinds of services around Washington State. Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC provided content management support for developing the site hosted by E3 Washington.
Also this month, Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC facilitated the Kitsap E3 Summit (a regional environmental education summit) for the E3 Washington state-wide planning process at Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, Washington. For information on this summit, please see this section on the E3 Washington website.
E3 Washington (a state-wide environmental education planning process in Washington State) has made their on-line toolkit live for regional EE leaders. Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC was contracted to develop lesson plans, tools, resource materials and documents for the toolkit which will assist regional leaders to develop their local planning process to contribute to the state-wide EE plan.
On June 1, Chuck Lennox, Principal of Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC, facilitated his second of three regional environmental education summits for the E3 Washington state-wide planning process at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington. For information on this summit, please see a recent column in the Olympian newspaper. For information on E3 sponsored by the Environmental Education Association of Washington, please see the E3 Washington website.
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has released the results of Round II of the Environmental Education Partnership Grant program. For more information visit the Access Washington website. See below (February 2007) for Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC's invovlement in this process.
Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC (CIC) has been contracted for a second time by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for support in implementing Round II of the Environmental Education Partnership Grant program. CIC helped to launch Round I of this program in 2005. For more information on the program and instructions on accessing the grant application on-line, see the OSPI
Education for Environment and Sustainability website.
Chuck Lennox, Principal of Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC, has been named Workshop Chair for the 2008 National Association for Interpretation (NAI) National Meeting being held in Portland, Oregon November 11 - 15, 2008. He will work with a committee of other volunteers and NAI staff to organize this annual national meeting for members and others interested in the profession.
NAI is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation, currently serving about 5000 members in the United States, Canada, and over thirty other nations. Members include those who work at parks, museums, nature centers, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, commercial tour companies, and theme parks.
Chuck Lennox, Principal of Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC, was invited to attend the National Dialogue on Children and Nature hosted by The Conservation Fund and the US Fish and Wildlife Service and held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown WV.
The conference drew some 350 people from around the country, representing educators, health care experts, such companies as REI and Disney, residential developers and urban planners, government and nonprofit conservation agencies, academics, and other groups. Government officials included the Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne and Directors of the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Presentations and discussions ranged from using design of public places to encourage physical activities in children to policies of schools and learning centers that get kids outdoors to the role of health care providers in supporting outdoor exploration and the challenges of changing an indoor technological culture.
For more information, see the Children and Nature Network website.