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Interpretive Development Program


This website is currently being revised to include information about interpretive training opportunities with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands and the National Association for Interpretation. Please direct questions to Nona Henderson at or 812-855-0864.



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.

New to the site? Visit the “About Interpretation” and the "Getting Started" tabs above to discover how the Interpretive Development Program can help you.

Thoughts from the IDP Team:

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.

30 Jul 2015 7:59 pm

“This made me think about things I’ve never thought about before,” Makayla Givens a 15-year-old visitor shared with me right after this program. She continued, “it made me think of religion, politics, parenting, and my community.”   It has been three years since I visited Little Rock, Arkansas in the summer. Summers in Arkansas remind me of both hot and cold; the very hot days that are certain and the cold splash of pool water. As I planned for a two week vacation to my hometown, I could not resist reaching out to my former park Little Rock Central High School NHS, to ask if they were interested in a one day project of offering an interpretive program around the theme of independence using the...

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