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Welcome to the National Park Service’s Interpretive Development Program website. This site is designed to aid all interpreters, no matter who you work for or where you are in your career, with your on-going professional growth and development. The profession of interpretation is continuously evolving and this site will help you keep track of the trends and developments in interpretation.

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Check in weekly for musings, ramblings and recognition of excellence in the field, all penned by the members of the IDP team on our new blog.

28 Aug 2014 5:00 pm

My family wants to see themselves in parks. They are my inspiration. I’ve been watching the new series Flipping the Block. I just love home improvement shows. On this show there are four teams of two. One team is made up of sisters. They're two African American women from Louisiana. When the network was promoting the show I immediately noticed the team. As an African American I quickly notice this sort of thing. So this new show had two variables working in its favor: DIY/home improvement and these black women who encouraged me to add the date the show would air to my calendar and tune in. I was recently in training and helping to facilitate a discussion around “non-visitors.” Who are your non-visitors...

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