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The Interpretive Wheel model is one way to wrap your head around what Audience Centered Experiences look like in the field. Learn more about the model and how to use it in this resource.
Use the ACE Wheel Model rubric to help you see what you're shining at and make your audience centered experiences even better.
These lesson plans are tailor-made to mix and match, helping seasonals or returning employees encounter the skills of Audience Centered interpretation.
The Audience Centered Experience (ACE) approach to interpretation allows parks to gain skills in critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, global awareness and scientific literacy.
Virtually visit Samuel West's Museum of Failure to access a physical catalog of what fails and why it did to better understand how we might succeed in the future.
"The Design Thinking Process for Innovation," was crafted by the Center for Park Management and IDEO as an easy-to-use framework for parks to think up new ideas.
Design thinking is being applied to many different industries and professions. Learn how you can uncover new stories and help your message reach the audiences that need them most.
Watch the video by Nina Simon to learn how you can incorporate active participation for all visitors at your park.
Access the case study to learn how you can incorporate design thinking into your work process and increase/diversify visitation at your park.
Via a study conducted by New York University's Dolly Chugh, learn more about bias and strategies to reduce your implicit bias.
Gain a new perspective as you discover the parallels between historical and design thinking.
This page provides access to a "starter kit" of resources to help you develop and hone your skills in facilitated dialogue.
Facilitating a visitor's connection to the story of the place through techniques and interactions (interpretation) with the resource can catalyze care.
Dialogic questions are the heartbeat of audience-centered experiences. Here are guidelines and examples of dialogic questions.
Tilden's 6 principles have remained useful to interpreters. Even the roots of the newest interpretive revolution in audience-centered experience reach back.
The NPS Education Professional Competencies were updated in 2013 based on function (manager, developer, and facilitator) and organized by task.
An essential theme question is a building block of an audience-centered experience. Learn the qualities & some examples of good essential theme questions.
Learn more about what it means to be an interpreter in the 21st century!
This course develops training and coaching skills for those who provide audience centered interpretive training in their parks.
This course focuses on the interpreter’s role as a facilitator of dialogue and collaboration and how to use these techniques in park programming.
This lesson plan helps interpretive trainees examine the qualities of good audience centered questions, using sample questions they develop themselves.
This lesson plan helps trainees analyze an example of an audience centered experience to illustrate how ACE builds on a familiar foundation of skills.
Choosing and demonstrating Audience Centered Techniques is hard work but with the right technique you can elicit audience contribution.
This lesson plan guides interpretive trainees through activities and examples that investigate two types of audience centered questions.
This "The Why of ACE" lesson plan [PDF] helps learners explore why we do what we do, what value parks have for society, and new trends in interpretation.