Interpreting Climate Change Virtual Course

Where: Online


The Interpreting Climate Change virtual course provides an overview of the practical knowledge and skills that will enable interpreters to develop effective, engaging personal and nonpersonal interpretation for both natural and cultural sites. Participants will develop their own unique site-specific stories that interpret climate change through innovative lenses.

Next offering:
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
8a-2p PDT | 11a–5p EDT
This course is currently full. Please fill out the Future Interest form to be notified of additional offerings later in 2022.

This training will be presented via a virtual classroom, and participation will require logging into the session from their NPS account. Participants will engage with interactive presentations and complete self-directed assignments to share with the class. Teams and/or Zoom login information will be sent after registration closes pending acceptance into the course.

This training is aimed at interpretation and education practitioners and supervisors – from both natural and cultural sites – who are presenting and/or developing climate change programming at their sites, or are interested in doing so but aren’t sure how to proceed. Interested employees from other career fields and other agencies are also welcome to apply on a space available basis. Preference is given to NPS employees.

Time commitment for this class is approximately 6 hours, plus an optional pre-course assignment. (There will be a break for lunch and individual work.) Participants who attend the full day and will receive official course credit in DOITalent.

As a prerequisite, you should possess a basic understanding of the professional standards for interpretation. Check out the Foundations of Interpretation page to learn more.

Contact climate_change@nps.gov for questions and more information.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Identify a range of climate stories and connections at your site
  • Explore strategies for addressing different audiences using a range of approaches
  • Build confidence to engage audiences with interpretive techniques applicable to a wide variety of climate change stories
  • Develop tangible next steps to interpret climate change going forward
  • Understand how the Hatch Act does (and does not!) apply to issue-based climate advocacy
  • Gain a community to learn from and with over the years ahead
  • Be energized to become ambassadors for hope and positive actions

Estimated Completion Time

6 Hour/s


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