Development of Interpretive
I have experience with docenting and environmental interpretation. I have extensive experience giving presentations, demonstrations, and docent talks (e.g., for county fairs, public schools, and community organizations). I have brought animals like frogs, opossums and chipmunks in for talks on native animal rescue and the importance of habitat protection. I spent a year planning and obtaining permits to develop a large marine ecology exhibit for the Santa Cruz County Fair. My exhibit, which earned the fair’s highest award, included nine large saltwater aquariums and touch-tanks with hundreds of native species in simulated habitats, as well as interactive educational displays and presentations by guest lecturers.
I have experience developing activities and materials for school aged children. I have developed curriculum including large motor classroom activities, sit-down assignments and homework. I have designed games to teach children about animal lifecycles and adaptations (e.g., an elephant seal life history game and a bird bill adaptation game). I have authored numerous informational pamphlets, newsletters, and interpretive materials for county fairs, public schools, and community organizations. I have also made numerous educational posters and interactive displays for exhibits and classrooms. I also have experience with the maintenance and repair of interpretive program materials.
I have coordinated the development and maintenance of exhibits with team members, volunteers and students for the Santa Cruz county fair, and with high school, Junior High and Elementary School teachers (at local public schools). I have also obtained researcher use permits and collection permits in order to teach informal marine biology classes and maintain aquariums for schools and community organizations and to conduct research.