As a scholar, teacher, and former river guide, I feel it is important to engage in community outreach as a way to disseminate research results to broad public audiences and stay connected with the the people in my town, university community, state, and region. My activities include public talks and presentations, the creation and dissemination of free websites and mobile apps based on my research, consulting on upcoming museum displays and exhibits, leading K – 12 teachers in field research learning modules, and interviews in local newspapers and on radio stations.
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2017 Field Activity Leader for Adventure Learning in Pocatello. For this year, I designed and lead a repeat photography exercise with Idaho K – 12 teachers along the Portneuf River in Pocatello. The week long training is sponsored by the NSF EPSCoR MILES grant project.
2016 Invited Lecture. “Creating River Culture: Uncovering the History of Upper Snake River Rafting in Grand Teton National Park” Snake River Fund of Jackson, WY. Speakers Series. June 9. Wilson, Wyoming.
2016 Invited lecture. “Braided Channels and Lost Oars: Exploring the History of Commercial River Runners on the Snake River through Grand Teton National Park. Jackson, WY. Museum of Wildlife Art. Sponsored by Geologists of Jackson Hole.
2016 Invited lecture. “Creating a Digital Wonderland: Unlocking Yellowstone’s History and Culture for a Mobile Device World. Jackson, WY. Teton County Library. Sponsored by the Geologists of Jackson Hole.
2016 Invited lecture. Jackson, WY. Teton County Library. Sponsored by the National Park Service. “Braided Channels: A History of River Guiding on The Snake River. October 9.
2016 Invited Lecture. National Park Service, Grand Teton National Park Headquarters, Moose, Wyoming. “Braided Channels” September 21.
2016 – 2010 Museum Exhibit Consultant, Huntington Library, California. “Geographies of Wonder: Celebrating 150 Years of the National Park Service”. Scheduled exhibits and conference in 2016 for centennial of NPS. Huntington Library, California.
2015 Invited lecture. Visitor Center, Grand Teton NP. “Braided Channels” August 7.
2014 Invited Lecture. “Maps!: Visualizing and Understanding the World Using Maps” Science Café, sponsored by Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society, Pocatello.
2014 Field Activity Leader for Adventure Learning in Pocatello. This is a weeklong course for Idaho K- 12 teachers sponsored by the NSF EPSCoR MILES project.
2014 Invited lecture. New Knowledge Adventures, ISU Division of Continuing Education. “Grand Canyon.” November 7.
2014 Invited lecture. New Knowledge Adventures, ISU Division of Continuing Education. “Yellowstone National Park.” October 20.
2013 Invited lecture. New Knowledge Adventures, ISU Division of Continuing Education. “West Thumb.” November 20.
2009 Invited Lecture. Grand Canyon Guides Training Seminar. Youngs, Y. and Hirt, P. “The Significance of the Grand Canyon in American History”. Sponsored and organized by the National Park Service. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.
2008 Invited Lecturer Grand Canyon Association’s Community Lecture Series Youngs, Y. and Hirt, P. “Ain’t it purty: Tourist impressions of Grand Canyon” Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ. http://www.grandcanyon.org/events_lectureseries.asp
2008 Invited Lecture. Youngs, Y. and Hirt, P. “Ain’t it purty: Tourist impressions of Grand Canyon” Cline Library, Northern Arizona State University, Flagstaff, AZ. http://www.grandcanyon.org/events_lectureseries.asp
2007 Moderator. Arizona Geography Bee. Arizona State University.