Interpreting Climate Change (ICC) – Self-Study Modules

Where: Online


These modules are designed for self-study — in your own time and at your own pace. They support the NPS competency for interpreters and educators, Interpreting Climate Change — please read the competency description.

There are several ways to engage with these free materials as outlined below — either in-depth with each of the study guides, or dip into the content as-you-need-it and whenever you have time. The content is presented in a way that can be updated and revised, due to the evolving nature of this challenging topic.

Learning Components

Each Self-study Module has two main elements:

  • The Study Guide — this provides activities, questions and links to additional resources and guides you through the content in a thought-provoking way, with opportunities for personal application to your site and your work.
  • The Learning Companion — this is the content document for each section of the curriculum that was developed by the subject matter team (SME).

How to Use These Materials — Learning Recommendations

  1. Start with Module 1 — it provides important context for the rest of the modules. Download, open and save the Study Guide (right-click on the link, then “save as”), and save to your computer so you can work/type in it. Download and save the Learning Companion. Follow instructions in the Study Guide to engage with the content in the Learning Companion.
  2. Modules 2, 3 and 4 build on each other — but you can do them in a different order if you prefer. Download and save all of these files now, or come back to this page when you’re ready to start the next module.
  3. Work at your own pace — use these tools in the way that makes the most sense for you!
  4. For quick reference, the table of contents in each Learning Companion can direct you to specific sub-topics whenever you want to find that information.

Here are the four modules:

Module 1 – Intro to Interpretive Climate Change: Study Guide | Learning Companion
Module 2 – Knowledge of the Resource Issue : Study Guide | Learning Companion
Module 3 – Knowledge of the Audience: Study Guide | Learning Companion
Module 4 – Appropriate Techniques and Strategies: Study Guide | Learning Companion

Access all modules and materials, along with other climate change training resources.

Suggested Citation: National Park Service, April 2016, Interpreting Climate Change Self-Study Modules, National Park Service Interpretive Development Program and Climate Change Response Program.

Learning Objectives

See the individual Study Guides for learning objectives.



With special thanks to the following individuals who provided content, contributions or support in the creation of this curriculum document:

Primary authors were Angie Richman, Paul Ollig, Becky Lacome, John Rudy, Will Elder, Sara Melena and David Larsen. Editors: Ginny Reams and Nona Capps (2014 version); Angie Richman, Becky Lacome, Matt Holly and Larry Perez (2016 version).

The Subject Matter Expert Team (SME) included the following individuals (in alphabetical order): Beth Barrie, Sonya Berger, Katie Bliss, Josh Boles, Alice Clarke, Will Elder, Rich Fedorchak, Bob Krumenaker, Becky Lacome, David Larsen, Ardrianna McLane, Sara Melena, John Morris, Teresa Moyer, Paul Ollig, Angie Richman, John Rudy, Susan Sachs, Kristy Sholly, Melissa Sladek, Liza Stearns and Mike Whatley.

Project coordinators were Becky Lacome, NPS Interpretive Development Program, and Angie Richman, NPS Climate Change Response Program (2014 and 2016 versions); and Nona Capps, Katy Patrick, Christy McCormick and Steve Wolter from Eppley Institute at Indiana University (2014 version).

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