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Project History

The Definitions Project grew out of a desire to establish a common vocabulary for a working collaborative of agencies and organizations associated with education and interpretation in nonformal settings.

Funded by USEPA, the initial project included a series of four meetings during 2006, during which participants generated a list of vocabulary terms, voiced common concerns and discussed common issues, worked together to create common definitions, and identified potential projects for future collaboration. Between meetings, participants consulted their constituencies for additional input during the process, tested results, and contributed to ongoing efforts to refine the vocabulary list and definitions.

  • Follow-up Notes from Meeting 1: January 5-6, 2006 in Fort Collins, Colorado (click here)
  • Follow-up Notes from Meeting 2: June 1-2, 2006 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia (National Conservation Training Center) (click here)
  • Follow-up Notes from Meeting 3: August 14-15, 2006 in Fort Collins, Colorado (click here)
  • Follow-up Notes from Meeting 4: November 30-December 1, 2006 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia (National Conservation Training Center) (click here)
Project Participants

During the initial project year, invitations were sent to 30 agencies and organizations to encourage participation in the four meetings. Each organization was asked to send one representative who could speak for the organization and represent its interests in discussions. Some of the invited organizations were unable to participate for a variety of reasons. Some were unable to designate a single individual to participate in all four meetings and needed to send alternates to one or more meetings. The following list includes all those were present at any of the four meetings. Their efforts on behalf of the profession are greatly appreciated.

  • Facilitator: Lisa Brochu, National Association for Interpretation
  • Samantha Blodgett, National Environmental Education & Training Foundation
  • Judy Braus, National Audubon Society
  • Sue Bumpous, North American Association for Environmental Education
  • Drew Burnett, US Forest Service
  • John Caramia, Association for Living History, Farms and Agricultural Museums
  • Bruce Carr, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Judy Chetwin, National Park Service
  • Wendy Davis, National Park Service
  • Lynn Dierking, Institute for Learning Innovations
  • Carol Ellick, Society for American Archaeology
  • John Falk, Institute for Learning Innovations
  • Ann Fortescue, American Association of Museums
  • Amy Galperin, Bureau of Land Management
  • Matt Gay, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Flip Hagood, Student Conservation Association
  • Jim Hakala, American Association of Museums
  • Erik Holland, Museum Educators Roundtable/American Association for State and Living History
  • Christian Itin, Association for Experiential Education
  • Georgia Jeppesen, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Richard Jurin, North American Association for Environmental Education
  • Joseph Kerski, US Geological Survey
  • Judy Koke, Visitor Studies Association
  • Corky Mayo, National Park Service
  • Kathy McGlauflin, Project Learning Tree
  • Gus Medina, Environmental Education and Training Partnership
  • Tim Merriman, National Association for Interpretation
  • Lynne Murdoch, National Park Service
  • Kristen Nelson, US Forest Service
  • Chuck Remington, National Audubon Society
  • Tim Sandsmark, Association for Nature Center Administrators
  • Martin Storksdieck, Institute for Learning Innovations
  • Joe Watkins, Society for American Archaeology
  • Marcella Wells, Visitor Studies Association
  • Mike Whatley, National Park Service
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