Forging Connections through Audience-Centered Experiences

Where: Harpers Ferry, WV
Jul 20 - 24, 2020


The world of interpretation is fast moving and constantly changing. The Audience Centered Experiences class is taught by a vibrant group of instructors from across the National Park Service – both field-level leaders and training professionals.

You’ll learn about and practice dialogic questions, audience centered techniques, design thinking, and other strategies to invite audience participation and co-creation of meaning around park resources.

You will experience pop-up dialogic products and programs that showcase personal and non-personal audience-centered experiences. This course focuses on learning techniques to hone your skill in inviting visitors to contribute to the park narrative. You’ll have a chance to practice engagement strategies for your own park example and refine your interpretive experience through peer collaboration during the class.

By thoughtfully crafting and facilitating conversation around issues critical to the National Park Service and the public, interpreters can be catalysts to engage the public in new and exciting ways.

Currently scheduled classes:

  • February 24th – 28th, 2020 – Mather Training Center
  • March 30th – April 3rd, 2020 – Mather Training Center
  • May 4th – 8th, 2020 – Vicksburg National Military Park
  • July 20th – 24th, 2020 – Mather Training Center

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