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Hidden Oak’s Suzanne Holland Earns Interpretive Award

Suzanne Holland Earns Interpretive Award Suzanne Holland, the assistant manager at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, Va., has won the 2013 Outstanding Interpretive Manager Award from Region 2 of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). This prestigious award recognizes "mastery of interpretive technique, site and staff management and a respected ability to pass these skills on to others."

Region 2 of the NAI includes Virginia, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Holland has been an interpretive manager for eight years and an interpretive supervisor for over two decades. Two recent projects present examples of her mastery of interpretive techniques, program development and design of creative projects. She served as the Park Authority's coordinator for a natural resource program titled "Family Backyard" that encourages children to increase the time they spend outdoors and promotes family outdoor activities. Part of the program included distribution of more than 20,000 brochures that contained goldenrod flower seeds as well as the creation of web content that lists "365 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Fairfax County." Holland has been the driving force behind a partnership between Hidden Oaks and Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect that has made it possible for about three dozen underprivileged children to attend a series of activities at county libraries and parks they had never visited.

The award is the second major NAI honor for a Fairfax County Park Authority employee in recent months. Manager Mike McCaffrey of Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield, Va., received the NAI’s national Outstanding Interpretive Manager Award last year.

Holland was presented with the award at the Region 2 Workshop in Thurmont, MD. The National Association for Interpretation is a not-for-profit organization for those involved in the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage resources in settings such as parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, aquaria, botanical gardens and historic sites.

In photo, Suzanne Holland (on right), assistant manager at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, receives the 2013 Outstanding Interpretive Manager Award from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

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