Allison Price, M.S.

Department

Learning

Focus

Learning Experiences

Title

Director

Education

M.S. – Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.A. – Journalism and Spanish, Butler University

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Areas of Expertise

  • Nature play and early childhood programs
  • Guest experience
  • Interpretive planning and programming
  • Public speaking and presentation coaching
  • Business and journalistic writing

About

Allison strives to make science and conservation relatable and accessible to non-specialist audiences. She has experience in designing and facilitating nature play programming, creating interactive learning stations, volunteer training and oversight, interpretive planning, public speaking, media relations, and theater performance. She chairs the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Conservation Education Committee and is an advisor to the Blue Sky Funders’ Forum, a national hub for funders to learn, connect, and grow philanthropy for environmental education.

At Lincoln Park Zoo, Allison chairs the Guest Experience Committee and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Green Team. In addition to her 15+ years working in informal learning institutions, Allison spent five years as the deputy editor of the Association for Women in Science Magazine and five years as an assistant coach for a local high school competitive speech team.

Allison’s graduate work focused on aerospace history and the public perception of science and technology; her thesis examined how science and technology articles were covered in the pages of the Chicago Tribune as a case study to understand how public opinions and perceptions of science/technology are formed. She is certified as an interpretive planner and interpretive guide through the National Association for Interpretation.  Allison joined the staff of Lincoln Park Zoo in 2010 as the manager of guest engagement and transitioned into her director role in 2012.

Publications

  • Price, A., J. C. Monahan, and R. Bergren. “Can Interpretive Graphics Influence Visitor Behavior in an Exhibit Space?” Journal of Interpretation Research, Vol 23 number 1 (2018).
  • Price, A., E. R. Boeving, M. A. Shender, and S. R. Ross. “Understanding the Effectiveness of Demonstration Programs.” Journal of Museum Education, Vol 40 Issue 1 (2015).