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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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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.

08 Jul 2014 5:00 pm

Anyone who spends any appreciable time with me (or sets foot inside my office here at Mather) knows I'm a fan of Science Fiction. I'm enthralled by the genre. Sitting on my desk, right next to my copy of Freeman Tilden's Interpreting Our Heritage and DVD of Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln is Ray Bradbury's short story collection S is for Space. Bradbury made me the writer and craftsman I am today. He is the genesis of my narrative voice. Everything I need to know about storytelling I learned from Ray Bradbury. That's a bit of hyperbole, but it's close to the truth. I became obsessed with Bradbury in middle school, when my English teacher specifically barred me from reading Fahrenheit 451 for a book report,...

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