Enterprise Knowledge (EK), this week successfully concluded their efforts for The National Park Service (NPS) Office of Learning and Development (L&D) to design, plan, and facilitate their keystone summer training and planning event. Forging Our Future: The Next Century of L&D took place at the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) on August 23-25, 2016 coinciding with the centennial celebration of the NPS.
The three day event set the stage for the future of L&D within the NPS. This includes a culture shift that embraces a holistic approach to NPS L&D through the implementation of a Learning and Performance Ecosystem. Learning and Performance Ecosystems are quickly becoming the 21st-century industry standard for training organizations, integrating the best of formal, informal, and social learning.
In support of the training and planning event, EK worked with NPS for the last five months, leveraging Agile facilitation to conceive of and plan every aspect of the event. EK supported the initial event theming and goals setting, facilitated the design and development of the agenda, managed social media during the event, and supported the design, development, and production of event materials. EK’s Zach Wahl also facilitated the event itself.
Initial feedback from the event has been resoundingly positive, helping NPS set the stage for the next century of learning and development. EK’s Zach Wahl added, “We’re extremely proud of the support we get to provide our client partners at the Park Service. The successful delivery of this event, which leveraged our Agile facilitation, graphic design, and Knowledge Management capabilities throughout, represents the best of EK’s capabilities brought to bear for our client.”
The training and planning event included over 80 individuals from throughout the NPS and beyond, is designed as a multi-track event. In addition to plenary sessions and keynote addresses, the event included three tracks of training sessions, workshops, and planning exercises around a wide range of critical L&D topics focusing on building a Learning and Performance Ecosystem for the NPS. EK’s Rebecca Wyatt served as a key presenter in several training sessions.