Every park has challenging issues to interpret — threats to resources, politically charged topics, and other hot topics that are high profile, controversial and speak directly to current social concerns. In this focus area, you will find resources to help you interpret these issues with confidence and interpretive effectiveness.

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What challenging resource issues or difficult histories need interpretation at your site? Don’t see your park’s “hot topic” featured here? See the related groups listed below — find one of interest or start a group of your own in the Commons. New resources will continue to be added to this section — check back often!

Climate Change     Civil Rights     Equality     

Immigration     Threatened or Endangered Species    

Featured — Climate change is one of the hottest interpretive topics in the NPS — here’s a sampling of current learning opportunities: Interpreting Climate Change Self-study Modules and Introduction to Climate Change in National Parks

Featured — Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion:
Check out these great resources for “Telling All Americans’ Stories”

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