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Chris McCart, outdoor education instructor at Black Hills State University, was awarded the 2008 Region V Director’s Award for demonstrating excellence and commitment in the field of interpretation during the regional workshop for the National Association of Interpretation (NAI). Josh Peters, junior outdoor education major from Craig, Colo., received the 2008 “Chip Flip” award, which is an NAI tradition that involves distance and accuracy in buffalo chip tossing.
Black Hills State University outdoor education students Megan Allen, junior from Spearfish; Nick Bennett, junior from Lead; and Josh Peters, junior from Craig, Colo., and their advisor Chris McCart, outdoor education instructor, recently represented the Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program at the 2008 regional workshop for the National Association of Interpretation (NAI).

McCart was awarded the 2008 Region V Director’s Award for demonstrating excellence and commitment in the field of interpretation. Peters received the 2008 “Chip Flip” award, which is an NAI tradition that involves distance and accuracy in buffalo chip tossing.

The students also presented a session entitled “Using GPS to Interpret Nature” to professional interpreters at the workshop. Among the student groups who attended the conference, the BHSU students were the only group chosen to present.

The group also attended concurrent sessions on various topics in interpretation, and participated in different field experiences.
 Peters toured the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, a residential facility providing environmental education and outdoor experiences to youth. Allen toured the River Bend Nature Center and Bennett took a tour by canoe of the Mississippi River.