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Citizen science is a great thing to do in national parks! This page provides guidance, resources, toolkits, and related information.
The Interpreting Climate Change virtual course provides an overview of the practical knowledge and skills that will enable interpreters to develop effective, engaging programming for both natural and cultural sites.
In this focus area, you will find resources to help you interpret these issues with confidence and interpretive effectiveness.
Describes the competency (knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors) for interpreting climate change in the NPS; identifies a standard for success.
The Interpretive Development Program offers these training opportunities to support your skill development for interpreting climate change.
Welcome to the Interpreting Climate Change (ICC) Self-Study Modules. These modules are designed for self-study -- in your own time and at your own pace.
Watch this new TEDx Talk by Dr. Theresa Coble from University of Missouri – St. Louis, about how to lean into our difficult histories to grieve and to heal.
Examples of potential strategies and techniques for interpreting the significance and relevance of climate change at national parks
Example of an Outline for a Facilitated Dialogue Program on Endangered Species; developed by Carol Blaney, interpretive trainer and consultant
Short video clips capture a 2011 reenactment of a slave auction at the Old Courthouse, Jefferson Nat'l Expansion Mem, in partnership with local community
The Story of Immigrant Soldiers at Manassas is a 6-minute video written and narrated by the middle school students
Here is a short reminder of the many ways interpreters and educators can gather knowledge about their audiences through informal methods.
Examples of techniques and strategies for interpreting climate change in which audience members are included as co-creators of their experiences.
Example of an arc of dialogue for a Facilitated Dialogue Program to interpret climate change; developed by the Internat'l Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
This short video highlights the critical role of interpretation in the National Park Service in response to climate change.
These short videos highlight some of the climate change impacts and related scientific research that is occurring in national parks.
This handout provides useful guidance for interpreters on embracing controversy as an interpretive tool, while avoiding the pitfalls of conflict.
Interpreters can use this worksheet to think through the steps of creating an interpretive program or product about climate change.
Audience Beliefs and Attitudes About Climate Change is a Power Point presentation about the Six Americas Report by NPS Instructor Angie Richman.
These best practices and attitudes can serve as guidelines for communicating with the public about critic or controversial issues such as climate change.
Example of a facilitated dialogue program on immigration -- Kitchen Conversations from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New Your City.
This resource provides an overview of the national and agency-specific policy mandates and guidance for interpreting climate change in national parks.
Ground-breaking report, published in 2011 by OAH, examines National Park Service's "aspiration to become the nation's largest outdoor history classroom."