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Tuesday, May 2 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Virtual Photo Walks

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Almost 15% of the United States population is over the age of 65 years old.  This is projected to increase to 20% by 2029.  The demand for interpretive educational programming, beyond school aged children, is increasing dramatically each year.

Distance Learning is a fantastic tool that interpreters can use to reach this new audience, of both Senior Citizens, and people isolated at home due to illness or disability.  Distance learning allows you to expand your interpretive reach way beyond the borders of your park, museum or aquarium. Imagine taking a senior community on an interpretive hike, that otherwise wouldn't be accessible to them due to trail conditions, stairs, slope, etc.  Think of the value of engaging with people from across the country, and the world, that simply don't have the luxury of leaving their home, due to their physical condition.

This presentation will introduce you to Virtual Photo Walks (VPW), a worldwide online community of people isolated with illness or disability, that are unable to "visit" in person, but who benefit dramatically from the opportuntiy to visit places virtually.  Hear from the founder of VPW, John Butterill, about why these programs are so meaningful, and how you can "walk the walk for those that can't" at your park setting, by becoming a presenter.  Find out what these programs are like from the presenter's standpoint, and how they differ from a normal interpretive presentation, by talking with Erin Gates, CA State Parks, who has been working with VPW since 2016.

 

 

 

 

 


Speakers
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John Butterill

Founder, Virtual Photo Walks
https://youtu.be/Bv52zfFNWZ0 Latest video | Virtual Photo Walks uses smart phones and video conferencing to enable people isolated by illness, disability or age to travel the world in real time free of charge. Thanks to our technology partners and a group of dedicated virtual volunteer... Read More →
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Erin Gates

Hearst Castle Distance Learning Coordinator / Guide I, California State Parks
The Hearst Castle Distance Learning Program has seen a 300% growth from the 2015/2016 school year, to the 2016/2017 school year. We have been pushing the limits as to what technology can do with increasing the # of interpretive offerings within our park, to an audience that otherwise... Read More →


Tuesday May 2, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Mott Training Center-Whitehead Room

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