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 programming for both natural and cultural sites. Participants will consider a range of engagement techniques such as audience-centered interpretation, facilitated dialogue, skills for dealing with controversy, and presenting multiple perspectives. These and other techniques will be applied to an overview of climate science and audience research. Participants will engage in group discussions to share best practices, build confidence, and identify meaningful site connections.

Next offering:
Tuesday-Thursday, March 24-26, 2020
12-5pm EST | 9-2pm PST daily
(Note: this class is full)

This training will be presented via a distance learning virtual classroom – each day will involve a schedule of WebEx plenary sessions, interactive exercises, self-directed assignments, and small group discussions. Virtual class participation will require a work station with a computer, reliable internet, and phone access. Pre-course assignments and WebEx information will be sent to participants 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 15 hours total of class time, plus 4-5 hours total for pre-course assignments and daily homework.

Participation in all class sessions and activities is required to receive official course credit on 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 Matt Holly for questions and more information at matt_holly@nps.gov or (970) 225-3588.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Use an overview of climate change science to begin to identify interpretive stories and connections at your site
  • Explore strategies for addressing different audiences using a range of approaches
  • Gain confidence to begin engaging audiences in meaningful dialogue about current or potential climate change impacts, or climate-related connections at your site
  • Begin exploring a set of interpretive engagement techniques applicable to a wide variety of climate change stories and issues
  • Leave the class with a collection of virtual resources about climate science and audience research
  • Be energized to become ambassadors for hope and positive actions

Estimated Completion Time

15 Hour/s


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