Lesson Plan: The Why of Audience Centered Experiences


This introductory training session helps learners explore why we do what we do, what value parks have for society, and how new trends in interpretation, such as audience centered experiences, can expand what we thought was possible. It is targeted at a seasonal audience, though it will be useful at all developmental levels.

Two versions/options of a lesson plan for this training session are available:

“The Why of ACE” lesson plan (Bliss) [PDF]

The Why of ACE Lesson Plan (Lacome) [PDF]


At the end of the session trainees should be able to:

  • Identify and articulate to others the purpose and potential of parks in society
  • Identify and articulate to others the ways audience contribution helps enrich experience
  • Recognize the three-fold goals of interpretation and the Foundations of Interpretation

Looking For More on Audience Centered Experiences?

Audience Centered Experience Button - Two Pictogram Visitors talking to a pictogram rangerYou can find much more self-guided learning and all of the materials for making yourself an ACE in the Audience Centered Experience Interpretation workbook.

Interpretive Leadership button - a pictogram ranger leading a group of other rangers higherYou can find links to seasonal lesson plans which support this emerging skill set in the Audience Centered Experience Trainers’ Guide.

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