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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Work at your own pace — use these tools in the way that makes the most sense for you!
- 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
Suggested Citation: National Park Service, April 2016, Interpreting Climate Change Self-Study Modules, National Park Service Interpretive Development Program and Climate Change Response Program.