2020 Annual Workshop

NAI Region 6 Annual Workshop
Bartlesville, OK
February 23 – 26, 2020

Interpretation Connects Nature, Culture, and Art.


Early Bird Registration Closes January 31, 2020
Regular Registration Closes February 14, 2020

Registration is OPEN! Please register online. Should you need a “paper” option, use the form.

For additional Registration information contact Neil Garrison: nlgarrison85@gmail.com (405)-590-0483

Financial assistance has closed for 2020.

Workshop Planning Guide

Table of Contents

-1- Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations period ends November 1st. You will know by December 1st if your proposal has been accepted. Preference will be given for presentations that strongly support the conference theme of “Interpretation Connects Nature, Culture, and Art.”

A presentation proposal form may be found here: https://nairegion6.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/proposal-application.pdf
Send it to Amy Nickel at Amynickel@ksu.edu

-2- Registration

Display event – 2020 NAI Region 6 Workshop

Early registration will end January 31st, 2020.  

For a paper registration form, contact Neil Garrison after December 1st.

The cost of the workshop registration for full-members is $185 for early registration and $220 beginning Feb 1st. Rates vary for students, retirees, seasonal members and non-members (see registration form).

Registration does not include lodging or field sessions. Field sessions cost from $10 to $83.

Food included in the registration will be:

  • §  Sunday evening hors d’oeuvres
  • Monday snack breaks
  • Monday lunch
  • Tuesday supper at the scholarship auction
  • Wednesday snack breaks
  • Wednesday’s business lunch
  • Wednesday awards banquet

The main part of the conference will take place at Tri County Tech Event Center, located at 6101 Nowata Road, Bartlesville, OK 74006.

-3- Lodging

Lodging is not included in the registration.

Important Notes: There is no single hotel in Bartlesville big enough for the entire conference. We do have blocks of rooms being held at Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn and Price Tower. The Hampton has limited rooms available on Wednesday night, so you may pay the non-negotiated rate for that night only.

#1 Hampton Inn: 30 rooms blocked at $94 room, the planned site for Hospitality Room. 130 SE Washington Boulevard, Bartlesville, OK 74006

#2 Holiday Inn: 20 rooms blocked at $94 through Thursday. 4016 SE Price Road, Bartlesville, OK 74006

#3 Fairfield Inn: 27 rooms at $99, nice but not fancy. Has a small van to run guests downtown. 2107 SE Washington Boulevard, Bartlesville, OK 74006

#4 The Inn at Price Tower: This Frank Lloyd Wright skyscraper was originally designed to be apartments. We have 6 rooms reserved at this historic landmark for a group rate of $99/night. It is very handy for the Sunday events, but is about 5 miles away from Tri County Tech. 510 S Dewey Ave, Bartlesville, OK 74003

Other Recommended Options, but no negotiated rate or room blocks:

Hilton Garden: very nice and close to Price Tower in a very walkable downtown area, a bit distant from the other hotels. Farthest from Tri County Tech. 205 SW Frank Phillips Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74003

Candlewood Suites & Inn: has kitchenettes 3812 S.E. Washington Place, Bartlesville, OK 74006

EconoLodge: the closest hotel to Tri County Tech. 3910 SE Nowata Rd., Hwy 75 & 60 East, Bartlesville, OK 74006

-4- Volunteering

Volunteering is one way to keep costs down, and to help the conference proceed smoothly.

Volunteer jobs include:

  • Staffing the registration/help desk
  • Room monitors for session presentations
  • Videographers for session presentations
  • Silent auction aides
  • Live auction aides
  • Carpool drivers

Contact Emily Hale at emilyhale3@gmail.com if interested in volunteering during the conference.

-5- Pre-conference Workshops

1: Natural Dyes: Native and Historical with Gina Levesque will take place Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Bartlesville Art Annex, 510 South Dewey Avenue, Bartlesville, OK 74003. Early registration for the Natural Dyes Workshop will be $65 per participant, materials fee included. After Feb. 1, the price goes up to $80 per person. Minimum is 6 participants. Maximum is 15.

Techniques of natural dyeing will be taught using traditional methods.  Students will learn the difference between a dye and a stain and the properties of each.  Mordants and their effects on dyes will be taught.  We will use dyes dating back over 500 years, learning their history and importance to ancient cultures and Native Americans.  Each student will create a dye notebook to take with them.  Dyes used will include, but are not limited to, indigo, madder, osage orange, black walnut, cochineal, logwood, black oak, and coreopsis.  This full day workshop will give us time to utilize approximately twenty dyes in our dye pots.

Although natural dyes can be used on a variety of materials including paper and reeds for basketry, we will be dyeing 100% wool yarn samples in class.  Each student will be given a small sample skein and a dye notebook.  Participants are encouraged to bring small samples of their own art medium (cotton, reed, leather, or other types of animal fibers) to drop into dye pots. 

Dye books, supplies, and dyes will be available for purchase.  Students may bring milk jugs or jars if they desire to take home remaining exhaust baths.  Participants should wear older clothing and/or aprons.

Participants will be able to walk across the parking lot to the Price Tower for the mixer, afterwards.

2: Trip to Woolaroc Museum will take place Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 from 12:30 am to 4:30 pm. Minimum is 6 participants. Maximum is 15.  $18, price will go up to $25 Feb 1st. Hidden away in the rugged Osage Hills, Woolaroc was the ranch retreat of oilman Frank Phillips and is now a 3,700 acre wildlife preserve and world-class art museum. Come and see why Will Rogers called it “the most unique place in this country.” Frank Phillips built Woolaroc as a place for lavish parties and has hosted East Coast investors, Native American chiefs, and even bank robbers. Woolaroc is also a museum an outstanding collection of western art and artifacts, Native American material, one of the finest collections of Colt firearms in the world, and so much more. The name WOOLAROC is derived from three words—the woods, lakes and rocks that make up the beautiful Osage Hills of northeast Oklahoma where Woolaroc is located. 

-6- Regional Board Meeting

The South Central Region board meeting will be in the Bartlesville Public Library at 3 pm. The Price Tower is walking distance from the library.

-7- Sunday Night Mixer

The opening night mixer will take place in the art gallery of the Price Tower, an iconic Art Deco residential skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It will take place Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 from 5 to 9 pm. The Price Tower is located at 510 South Dewey Avenue, Bartlesville, OK 74003. Food will be hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar available.

-8- Field Sessions

Field sessions are optional, and must be chosen when registering online. No last-minute field session registrations will be available. Except for the tours where a bus is provided, we are asking for drivers who can take other passengers in carpool. At least a portion of the field session fee will be used to refill the gas tanks of the drivers.

Field Sessions on Tues, Feb 25 will leave from Tri County Tech. Some field trips will be “buy lunch on your own” or “buy a sack lunch.” Or maybe you want a little extra food for the day. All conference attendees may choose to meet a little early at Tri County Tech’s event center to assemble your own brown bag lunch for $5. Please preregister so we can buy supplies accordingly.  Meal will include sandwich, chips, apple, cookie and water. 

The first three field session groups will all stop at the Route 60 overlook of Bartlesville and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. After that they will go different routes-

  1. Pawhuska and Pioneer Woman. Author, chef, and blogger Ree Drummond has built a multi-media empire as the Pioneer Woman, describing her life on a working ranch in northeast Oklahoma. Bring your credit card for lunch and shopping at her establishment called The Mercantile. Cost: $25
  2. Marland Estate and the original Pioneer Woman. Before there was Ree Drummond, there was a museum in Ponca City dedicated to the women who moved west as pioneers, with a famous bronze statue depicting the archetypal pioneer woman. Less well known outside of Oklahoma is the historic Marland Estate, home to oilman M. W. Marland and his young fashionable wife Lydie. Cost: $25
  3. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. David Grann’s best-selling novel of oil money and murder and the Osage Nation will be coming to the big screen with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. A bus will take participants to some of the sites that are featured in the true-life story. Cost: $60

Two field session groups will go south to Tulsa-

  1. Mohawk Park. Go behind the scenes at two of Oklahoma’s interpretive hot spots. The Tulsa Zoo will host the morning tour and lunch. The afternoon tour will take in Oxley Nature Center’s Interpretive Building and, weather permitting, some of the trails. Cost: $25
  2. South Tulsa. The morning will feature a private tour of a tiny, little-known gem now located on the campus of Oral Roberts University, the Willard Elsing Rock and Mineral Museum. Then for lunch and an afternoon of exploring, we’ll go to a brand-new, world-destination park. Since it opened in September 2018, The Gathering Place has garnered a number of awards and distinctions. Cost: $25

One field session group will stay in Bartlesville-

  1. Pathfinder Park. Lynn Michael, CIG, member of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society, and Oxley Nature Center volunteer naturalist will lead a nature walk along the Caney River. Much of the path is paved, and most of the extensive trail goes through bottomland forest. Cost: $10

Two field session groups  will go farther afield-

  1. Winter Kayaking. Dave Lindo, former naturalist at Martin Park Nature Center, and owner of OKC Kayak will lead All equipment will be provided. Be sure to dress appropriately for winter on the great plains (see home page.) Cost: $83
  2. Birding. Cost: $15

-9- Scholarship Auctions

An entertaining and vital part of every regional workshop are the auctions that raise money to fund scholarships.

This year, the Silent Auction will take place at Tri County Tech during breaks in the schedule.

The Live Auction will take place Tuesday evening, after supper.

Donations. Yes, please! Because of time and space constraints, we request that each person bring no more than three items. They do not have to be tangible items. They could be a certificate entitling the bearer to a one-time free or reduced registration to an event, or a voucher to be used for free lodging in a state park cabin, or free rental or free membership in a Friends group with all the benefits that would provide.

As a 501 c (3) nonprofit organization, all donations to NAI are tax deductible. Stumped for an idea of what to donate? Lori is happy to make suggestions.

Auction Chair Lori Spencer: bflyspencer8@gmail.com

-10- Getting to and around Bartlesville

Bartlesville is located in northeast Oklahoma at the intersection of Highway 75 and Highway 60. The nearest commercial airport is Tulsa International Airport.

Bartlesville is divided by the Caney River. The downtown area, with the Price Tower and the Bartlesville Public Library are located on the west side. Most of the hotels are found along Highway 75, which runs north/south through the east side. Tri County Tech is found east of Hwy 75, between S. Madison Blvd. and SE Bison Road. The parts of Bartlesville where workshop events take place fall inside an area about six miles across from east to west, and about three miles tall from north to south, with most of the hotels just east of center.

No transportation will be provided, except for one or two of the field sessions. Tri County Tech is not located walking distance from most hotels. We ask that participants carpool as much as possible.

-11- What to bring

Weather in Oklahoma in late February could be sunny and 80 degrees, or a 40-degree rain, or a 12-inch blizzard with ice, or all of the above within 3 days. Dress accordingly.

Experience tells us that a late winter conference could be disrupted by weather. It is extremely helpful when those who do arrive for a conference have brought a program to share, just in case.

Remember to bring your auction item.

At the scholarship auction and dinner on Tuesday evening, there will be iced tea and water available. We invite participants to bring a shareable amount of a craft beer or wine, of your choice.

-12- Contact Us

Conference co-chairs: Amy Stephens AStephens@edmondhistory.org 405-408-5512 and Donna Horton DonnaHortonCIT@att.net 918-587-0522

Registration and hospitality chair: Neil Garrison (atlatlgarrison@hotmail.com 405-590-0483)

Program chair: Amy Nickel (Amynickel@ksu.edu, 405-334-7084)

Volunteer chair: Vacant

Field session co-chairs: Amanda Markey amanda.markey@travelok.com

Menu chair: Donna Horton (DonnaHortonCIT@att.net 918-587-0522)

InterpOlympics coordinator: Anna Studstill (AStudstill@edmondhistory.org 405-340-0078)

Auction Chair: Lori Spencer bflyspencer8@gmail.com

Brian Barnett Interpreter’s Quiz Laura Motley (laura.motley87@gmail.com 405-760-5667)

Logistics co-chairs: Frank Griffiths and Zane Norlin