Interagency Wilderness Interpretation & Education Training

Holly Metzger
Primary contact: Holly Metzger
Where: Estes Park, CO
May 21 - 23, 2019


How do you “forge emotional and intellectual connections” between your visitors and the big W — Wilderness? Here is your chance to deepen your understanding of America’s National Wilderness Preservation System and enhance your skills communicating key wilderness messages with your audiences.

This 3-day training will include a 1/2 day field excursion to a designated wilderness area.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the values and benefits of wilderness
  • Explain the five qualities of wilderness character
  • Identify and review wilderness interpretation, education, and communication issues
  • Develop effective wilderness interpretation, education, and/or communication techniques/strategies
  • Design and present a wilderness interpretation, education, and/or communication program, product, and/or opportunity


This class is a four-day classroom session, including formal presentations, group discussions, and case studies. Please note: the address of the location where the training will be held will be shared with accepted participants.

Target Audience

Park Rangers - Interpretation, Environmental/Conservation Educators, Wilderness Rangers, Public Affairs Officers, Outdoor Recreation Planners, Chiefs of Interpretation, Visitor Services Specialists/Managers, staff interacting with and interpreting to/educating visitors.


To reduce the length of the course and travel costs, completion of one online training module will be required prior to the on-site session. Completion of this module will take approximately 1-2 hours. Additional instructions will be included in the selection letter.

Registration Information

To register, mail, fax, or email your completed application to:

Attn: Holly Metzger
32 Campus Drive #3168
James E. Todd Building, 2nd Floor
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: 406/243-4682
Fax: 406/243-4717
Email: hollyametzger@fs.fed.us

Registration closes March 25, 2019For applicants outside the Departments of Interior or Agriculture, contact Holly Metzger, 406-243-4682, hollyametzger@fs.fed.us to get an application form.

Please note: This course has not been entered into DOI Talent yet, so the course cannot be found there. Completion will be recorded in DOI Talent once it is functional.


Questions about the registration process should be directed to Holly Metzger at hollyametzger@fs.fed.us or 406-243-4682. Questions about course content or logistics should be directed to the course coordinator, Sue McDonald at sue_mcdonald@fws.gov or 406-243-4653.

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