Interpreting Climate Change — Training Opportunities


The Interpretive Development Program offers the following training opportunities to support your skill development for interpreting climate change. They support the Interpreting Climate Change Competency for NPS interpreters and educators.

Interpreting Climate Change Virtual Class

This popular class provides an overview of the practical knowledge and skills that will enable interpreters to develop effective, engaging climate change programming for both natural and cultural sites. Participants will consider a range of engagement techniques such as facilitated dialogue, skills for dealing with controversy, and presenting multiple perspectives. These and other techniques will be applied to an overview of climate science and audience research. Participants will engage in group discussions to share best practices, build confidence and identify meaningful site connections.

This course is usually offered twice a year via a WebEx distance learning “virtual” classroom. Each day involves a schedule of WebEx plenary sessions, activities, and group discussions.

Please search this website under Training Courses to see if this class is currently open for registration.

Participants: Interpretation and education practitioners and supervisors – from both natural and cultural sites — who are developing/presenting climate change programming at their sites, or are interested in doing so but aren’t sure if/how to proceed. Interested employees from other career fields and other agencies are also welcome to apply, on a space available basis.

Class Size:  60 participants
Class Length: 3 days (five hours per day)
Contact: Matt Holly

Interpreting Climate Change (ICC) Self-study Modules

The ICC Self-Study Modules are designed for self-study — in your own time and at your own pace.

There are several ways to engage with this material — either in-depth with each of the study guides, or dip in to the content as-you-need-it and whenever you have time. The content is presented in a way that can be updated and revised, due to the evolving nature of this challenging topic.

Each Self-study Module has two main elements:

  • The Study Guide — provides activities, questions and links to additional resources — guides you through the content in a thought-provoking way, with opportunities for personal application to your site and your work.
  • The Learning Companion — this is the content document for each section of the curriculum that was developed by the subject matter team (SME).

There are four modules:

  1. Introduction to Interpreting Climate Change
  2. Knowledge of the Resource Issue
  3. Knowledge of the Audience
  4. Appropriate Techniques and Strategies

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