Relevance in Education

Interpretive Development Program

Updated Curriculum-based Education

Relevance in Education

  • What makes your park relevant to young audiences?
  • What makes your education program relevant to young audiences?
  • Where do you want to see your education program in 2-3 years?

This resource was created for the Developing and Implementing Curriculum-based Education Programs and Services virtual course.

In this resource, you’ll find guiding questions, activities, and additional resources. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

How to Use this Resource:

  • Complete the below activities.
  • Review and use the Additional Resources at the bottom.
  • Leave a review (how useful was this resource?).
  • Join our group in the CLP Commons.

Guiding Questions

  • What does relevance mean to you?
  • How does your meaning of relevance impact education at your park?
  • How does your meaning of relevance impact the NPS?


  • Discuss the definition of relevancy defined by the Office of Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion with your education team, partner, or colleague:

“We achieve relevancy when all Americans are able to establish a personal connection to the National Park Service parks and programs and find meaning and value in the mission of the National Park Service.”

  • Jot down five ways your park is relevant to young audiences.
  • Complete Section 2 of this Education Action Plan (share this plan with your team; it’s also recommended that you complete the entire plan).
  • Share next steps in becoming more relevant to young audiences (discuss with a co-worker or your education team).

Additional Resources

Write a Review

  1. This sounds very interesting. I agree that the point of the National Parks is that they be relevant to our audience, all citizens of the US and the world. I want to do what I can, as an education tech, to make my programs essential to young park visitors. It has to be relevant to be essential.

  2. Relevancy in Education is one of the most important issues facing us in education today! We have to make that personal connection with our young people to promote a love for our nations treasures.

  3. I think that the this was a useful article in that it gets the interpreter to think about relevancy in a more obvious way. For example, we all do or should, consider relevancy to our audience when crafting or fine-tuning a program, but if we consider how important that is to learning – we learn better what is relevant to us – we can incorporate the search for relevancy into our routine when producing interpretive programs and services.


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