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Understanding the strengths & limitations of different interpretive product types can enable a good match between audience, message, resource & interpreter.
An essential theme question is a building block of an audience-centered experience. Learn the qualities & some examples of good essential theme questions.
This handout provides a list of design principles, elements, considerations and best practices for creating or evaluating interpretive media.
This competency describes the skills for designing visitor experience through collaboration, knowledge of medium and technique, analysis and iteration.
Successful interpretation enriches and enhances people’s experiences with heritage resources. It helps them explore personal meanings within a resource.
This competency describes how interpreters can continuously learn about, engage with, and build audience and community at their sites.
This "The Why of ACE" lesson plan [PDF] helps learners explore why we do what we do, what value parks have for society, and new trends in interpretation.
Describes the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by NPS interpreters to plan and develop interpretive media.
Provides a reference for interpreters to identify familiar concepts within the Foundations document and provoke discussion of evolving terms and concepts.
This "Recognizing and Reducing Bias" lesson plan [PDF] explores our knowledge of self through the Johari's Window. It is targeted at a seasonal audience.
Tips to help you create better visual elements in your presentations - PowerPoint and otherwise.
Provides tools to help build your skills in staying positive, provisional, specific & focusing on quality while helping interpreters improve their craft.
The Arc of Dialogue is a useful and effective question scaffolding strategy for interpretive programs and media products.
Learn how tour company MuseumHack guides “earn” deeper engagement from an audience by using a traffic light-based model of audience centered experience.
Learn more about pop-up interpretive experiences – short, ephemeral interactions where visitors stumble on opportunities to connect with the resource.
Use this Interpretive Bingo tool to help you analyze interpretive materials and media on their relevance, visitor participation, proper techniques and more!
Use this lesson plan to help you recognize and reduce bias as you create your interpretive and educational programs.
Learn how to identify and solve challenges by using tools designed to challenge assumptions, rethink paradigms and drive insight, innovation and action.
The techniques you integrate in audience centered experiences can have a profound impact on the visitor, our parks, and society.
Learn effective techniques to engage your audience and encourage reflection and expression in your interpretive programs.
The following draft elements of success were created by the Interpretation And Education Peer Feedback Community in September 2016.
Published in April 2014, this paper presents a 21st Century vision for NPS Interpretation that nurtures a citizenry of lifelong learners.
A Five-year Interdisciplinary Strategy for Interpretation, Education and Volunteers as We Enter the Second Century of the National Park Service.
This collection of facilitated dialogue brown bag resources can help you create your own conversations that lead the way to a more inclusive, diverse NPS.
Examples of potential strategies and techniques for interpreting the significance and relevance of climate change at national parks