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JCPRD Interpretive Staff, Programs Garner Three Awards At NAI Conference
POSTED: 03/17/2003
During the National Association for Interpretation Region Six conference conducted March 2 through 5 in Oklahoma City, Johnson County Park and Recreation District interpretive staff and programs were the recipients of three awards.

Park Naturalist Molly Postlewait received the group's meritorious service award, for her work on the development of a storytelling compact disk, which will serve as a fundraiser for the region. The cd is titled "Whisper on the Wind." The disk was recorded late last year and features stories told by Postelwait and three other JCPRD Interpretive staff members as well as presentations from storytellers in Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. This disk also features fiddle and dulcimer music. The name "Whisper on the Wind" comes from the fact that the wind is a recurring theme in several stories on the disk and the fact that in one tale, the interpreter says that if stories do not get told, they get lost like a whisper in the wind. The Disk is available for $15 in the Natures Corner Gift Shop of the JCPRD's Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

Postlewait was previously recognized at the 2002 NAI conference as the group's Distinguished Professional Interpreter for 2001.

Also during the 2003 conference, Park Naturalist Chris Pistole received best workshop presentation for his program "Inspector Insector," which he presented during the conference and was voted on by those in attendance. The Inspector Insector program is used within the District as both an school outreach program for grades one through three and as an amphitheater program.

The final recognition went to the District's Heritage History Lab program, which was selected as the NAI region's Outstanding Program of 2002. Since 1982, this program has been a favorite field trip of students in grades three through six. Youth who see the program meet three characters out of Kansas history as portrayed by JCPRD staff members: a French fur trader, an Osage Warrior, and a pioneer from the 1850's. Over the past two decades, more than 50,000 people have attended the program, which was previously recognized as NAI Region Six outstanding program in 1989.

The NAI's Region Six covers a six-state area including: Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. For more information about the NAI awards or the programs referred to, contact JCPRD Interpretive Manager Bill McGowan at 9913) 764-8580 ext. 24.

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