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Wildlife Interpretation Workshop July 2017

A road on the Atherton Tableland

Date: 10-11 July 2017

Registration open until 8 July:  https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/7668/Willife-Interpretation-Into-the-Future

The program can be seen by clicking here

Venue:Summit Rainforest Retreat and Boutique Conference Centre, (22 Twelfth Ave, Atherton QLD) on the beautiful Atherton Tableland (Far North Queensland, one and a half hours inland from Cairns)

For details of the venue, accommodation and transport, please see: http://www.wildlifetourism.org.au/venue-accommodation-and-transport-wildlife-interpretation-workshop-2017/

Special discounts and tours before and after the workshop: http://www.wildlifetourism.org.au/pre-and-post-workshop-tours-july-2017/

We will briefly review  the outcomes of last year’s very successful workshop at Binna Burra (southeast Queensland,) on face-to-face guiding, then investigate other forms of interpretation (self-guided nature trail brochures, signage, CDs, videos, interactive computer programs, apps etc.)

The workshop will explore challenges of wildlife interpretation into the future in a changing climate; interpretive tools and techniques that can encourage guests to move from take home messages to actions; and particular interpretation challenges of the wet tropics and its world heritage values, and its cryptic, iconic and controversial wildlife.

The workshop will cover two full days. It’s not just a talk fest. There will be opportunities to practice skills and techniques, challenging debates and networking at the optional dinner on Monday evening.

Tube-nosed bat, Tolga Bat Hospital

Tube-nosed bat, Tolga Bat Hospital

Included in the programme is a field trip to the Tolga Bat Hospital, which combines wildlife tourism, volunteer tourism and of course bat care. There are other exciting experiences you can enjoy before or after the workshop on Atherton Tableland, the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Visit http://www.wildlifetourism.org.au/pre-and-post-workshop-tours-july-2017/ for specials on tours for workshop delegates

The event is open to tour operators (terrestrial and marine), staff of ecolodge and wildlife parks, national park rangers, academic researchers and students, local government, conservation NGOs, teachers and others interested in this topic.

Keynote presenters

  • Professor Betty Weiler (pictured, right)
Betty Weiler, speaking as keynote at a WTA event in NSW in 2015

Prof Betty Weiler

Betty has worked in Canada and Australia (and elsewhere) on interpretive tourism for many decades and is author of over 150 publications on the topic. The Southern Cross University, where she is currently employed, states: Within Australia, Betty is particularly well known for her contribution to visitor management and communication in protected areas, zoos and heritage attractions, and more recently on research aimed at influencing visitors’ on-site and post-visit behaviour.  For a list of publications please see: https://works.bepress.com/betty_weiler/

Gianna Moscardo (James Cook University) was also to have joined us as a keynote presenter but regrettably for health reasons will no longer be able to do so. Maybe next year ….

If interested, please let us know, and we’ll add your name to our email list for updates