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This page provides links to a variety of resources to help you plan, design, and develop site-produced interpretive media products.
Developing an interpretive product around an overarching essential question, rather than a theme, creates the space for co-discovery with your audience.
This competency describes the skills for designing visitor experience through collaboration, knowledge of medium and technique, analysis and iteration.
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.
Essential Questions help focus content on the crucial & important parts of a lesson. Good questions provoke thought & encourage students to think critically about the subject.
As we shift to sharing park resources and stories in a virtual sphere, use the best practices outlined in this guide to help you plan and execute an engaging virtual tour for your visitors.
Social media can be an audience centered, resource driven experience – the resource is the battery and the visitor is the light that shines.
Using social media to engage and interact with your visitors? Use this resource as a reference guide to encourage and shape how you acknowledge and respond to them.
Learn about what is and isn't covered by copyright laws as a Government employee who creates content. Can it be remixed? Can others use it without permission? Learn here!
Learn how you can use ACE to develop programs and experiences for your younger audiences too!
Learn how to leverage social media and questions to engage visitors and encourage them to join a virtual conversation.
Learn how to transform your website into a thriving hub of a much larger creative community by just checking the fuel gauge and seeing how full of good, useful content your website is.
Access a list of discussion guides designed to help you open lines of discussion with visitors, explore new perspectives, invite mutual learning, and potentially evolve collective meaning.
Learn about the de-escalation model, S.L.O.W., and the ways you can implement the model in your interactions with park visitors.
In this resource, learn how to encourage your visitors to participate and express themselves virtually.
What interests you? What do you love learning about? Building Audience Centered Experiences (ACE) is all about how curious we are
On this page, you will find a series of articles featuring successful virtual Interpretation and Education programs that align with the Foundation of Interpretation, Competencies for 21st Century Interpretation.
John Day Fossil Beds (JODA) didn’t take the task of celebrating National Junior Ranger Day during the spring of 2020 lying down. They rose to the challenge of COVID lockdowns and travel restrictions by creating fun, engaging digital content for Junior Rangers of all ages to explore this remote park. In the process, they reached
Rangers at Golden Gate National Recreation Area worked with partners to create a climate change training with inclusion and diversity in mind.
Learn more about the virtual program Tadaima! and how it can be used as a case study for park units to connect people to their parks.
The camera follows Alex, a park visitor using a wheelchair as he explores Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI). He shares the fact that public transit in his hometown isn’t accessible, so the ease, friendliness and safety of the Sequoia shuttle system is meaningful. Alex is a nature lover but after his spinal injury
This resource will help you design curriculum-based materials and activities that can be posted on the NPS Educators Portal as a lesson plan.
Do you have questions about the Park Ranger (Interpretation) Standard Position Description? Find answers here!
This handbook helps enable Chiefs of I&E to navigate a variety of work elements, tasks, initiatives, personalities, systems, procedures, & organizations.
Designing education opportunities to measure and ensure student learning is occurring is essential, and it doesn't have to be a test or quiz. Learn alternate forms here.