Friends of Cape May NWR volunteer walk leader Joe Smith

Join Friends of Cape May NWR for a free Wildlife Interpretation Workshop on Jan. 9, 7-9 pm, at The Wetlands Institute in StoneHarbor.  This workshop is designed for anyone who is involved in helping others learn more about nature: volunteer walk leaders, environmental educators, nature program developers, science teachers, home school families, docents, and the general public. This workshop will last two hours, with a short break in the middle.

Learn the meaning of “interpretation,” and see how it can become a powerful communication tool.  Discover why interpretation is so important, and learn about some of the latest trends and best practices in the field of interpretation. Discover the different kinds of interpretation, including emotional, behavioral and educational. Presenters will additionally discuss the developing draft of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Services Management Plan, and will explain how it can benefit leaders at the Refuge and other environmental organizations in Cape MayCounty.

The workshop will be led by John Veverka. John is a Certified Interpretive Planner and Certified Interpretive Instructor with 35 years of experience at domestic and international sites.  He has developed interpretative programs for two World Heritage sites in Canada, several U.S. national parks and a few well-known sites, including Stonehenge and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln.  He is the author of three college textbooks on interpretation.

John will be assisted by Lynn Knight, a Certified Economic Developer with more than 25 years of experience in tourism.  Lynn is the project manager for the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Services Management Plan, and is looking forward to building awareness and soliciting public feedback into the plan.

Meet at The Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd, Stone HarborNJ08247 at 7 pm. This program is free, but we request that you call or email any one of the following if you plan to attend:

Lynn Knight,
John King, Friends of Cape May NWR,
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, 609-513-9349
Katie Sellers, The Wetlands Institute,