The awards are given annually to outstanding BLM interpreters and educators who conduct programs that enhance public appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural riches within America’s public lands, as well as management issues in the context of the BLM’s multiple-use mission. This year’s winners were presented with the awards at the National Association for Interpretation’s 2014 workshop in Denver, Colorado.
Crume received his award for helping to implement the “Take it Outside! Living Landscapes” project, a hands-on, experiential learning program that helps students discover relationships between ecosystem structure and past and present human activities. Throwing an atlatl, building a tipi, heating rocks to boil water in a “skin-lined” hole, and decoding marks found on animal bones are just some of the ways the program helps students in Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin understand they are an integrated part of their ecosystem.
Crume, who has offered the program for the past six years, was quick to credit the invaluable contributions of BLM partners for the success of the program. "None of the successes of the Take It Outside! Living Landscapes program would be possible without the dedication and skilled contribution of our partner, Dr. Larry Todd of the Park County Historic Preservation Commission," said Crume.
Other program partners include the Park and Big Horn county school districts, Greybull River Sustainable Landscape Ecology, Park County Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, the Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center, and the Meeteetse Parks and Recreation Children’s Program.
“The Take It Outside! Living Landscapes program is a valuable component of the Cody Field Office’s youth-focused interpretation and environmental education outreach efforts,” said Acting BLM Cody Field Manager Delissa Minnick. “We are so proud of Kierson’s accomplishments and Dr. Todd's continued support of the program.”
The winners were selected from an outstanding group of nominees, who were evaluated on the creativity of their work and how it
- enhances the public’s awareness of public land resources and their relationship to people;
- provides the public with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, commitment, and skills needed to protect and improve public and private lands;
- helps the BLM accomplish management goals and objectives;
- involves partners; and
- is accessible and sensitive to diverse audiences.