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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.

29 Jul 2014 7:44 pm

I recently joined a softball team. I wanted to join a sport for two reasons: to become more physically active and to meet some new people from my community. As I ran to the outfield, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be. I hadn’t played softball in over 10 years but kept telling myself to “do your best.” The first ground ball that came to me rolled right by, I didn’t let it get the best of me as I continued to tell myself, “Don’t let another one get by.” A fly ball came next and I caught it. Several more catches and misses and then my new coach said, “You’re up to bat.” Batting saved me, as I did extremely well. However, my throwing was awful. Even though, my team...

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