Join the Pilot of iSWOOP Online, Interpreters and Scientists Working on Our Parks

Martha Merson, Project Director iSWOOP

Updated Stewardship Institute

About the Pilot

Join the pilot of iSWOOP Online, Interpreters and Scientists Working on our Parks. We are looking for participants with a variety of backgrounds (a degree in science is not required). Your responses will help us plan the course. If you’d like to be considered, please complete the application by April 1, 2019. The application will probably take you 20-25 minutes to complete.

iSWOOP is a project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project began at Carlsbad Caverns in January 2014 with interpreters, researchers, and STEM educators working together to give the public a window into the on-site bat research. You can read more about the project at the iSWOOP website.

Because iSWOOP is federally funded and an educational research project, we want to let you know that we will be taking notes, collecting and analyzing responses to surveys and course assignments to understand participants’ needs, what is helpful, and what could be improved. We will include your responses in the data set. If you have concerns or you change your mind about being included at any time, please contact martha_merson@terc.edu.

Course Requirements

This is a pilot. We are seeking participants who will participate in discussions during virtual, synchronous sessions and in asynchronous, online discussions. By submitting, you acknowledge that you’ll stick with the course and give honest feedback. Participants are expected to attend four 90-minute virtual meetings from 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern:

  • Thursday April 25
  • Thursday May 2
  • Thursday May 16
  • Thursday May 30

A final virtual meeting to be scheduled in August or September. Participants are required to contribute to discussions online, preparing by reading articles, watching videos, or finding visuals, and sharing reflections on interpretive programs.

Application Process

If interested, complete the iSWOOP Online Application.


iSWOOP Project Team: Martha Merson, Nick Hristov, Louise Allen

Send questions to Martha Merson at martha_merson@terc.edu.

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